Capitol Showcase Art Exhibition 2020

Since 2005, ADMH has hosted an art show at Alabama's state Capitol. Artists from around the state with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders have their abilities showcased throughout the month of May, in observance of Mental Health Month.

 

However, due to limitations of the virus COVID-19, this year the showcase will be online only. Unfortunately, the need for physical distancing to ensure we all stay healthy and safe, has caused the department to cancel the in-person show. Our priority is the health of the artists and attendees of the exhibition.

 

Typically we photograph the artwork as it arrives for the show but this year we did not ask the artists to send in their artwork. Please bear with this year's show as it consists of the snapshots sent in with their entries and the quality varies. (The artists are welcome to send in higher quality photos of their artwork via email - we will update the photos whenever they come in.) Please enjoy the artwork and stories from our artists.

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Art Show Details


Calls for entry go out in February each year. Please send your contact information to be added to the e/mailing list. For more information and best practices for entering the show visit Capitol Showcase.

 

No all of the pieces are for sale. All proceeds go to the individual artists. If the piece you like has a price, please contact us to make payment arrangements (checks only). NFS = Not For Sale

My name is Ricky and my art has helped me in my recovery. It has helped me with depression and
I have several mood disorders, the most problematic being self-harm. Wellstone in Huntsville gave me a lot of time and
LaQuinton attends Montgomery ARC McInnis’ Adult Training Center. I am passionate about my art and I find enjoyment in expressing
My disability is bipolar disorder and arts and crafts make me feel good. I am self-taught and enjoy the process
For many years I lived at home with my family and then I lived for a period of time in
My name is Amanda and I love to express myself through my smile. I am in a wheelchair and I
I live in my own apartment and attend the Arc of Clarke County Day Rehabilitation program, where I like being
My diagnosis is schizophrenia and PTSD. I was homeless for almost two years, lost my benefits, lost my check and
Sometimes it is hard for me to cope with being criticized since I have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum
My name is Lauren and I have schizophrenia. I was diagnosed with schizophrenia six years ago. One of my main obstacles
I deal with anxiety and depression. I am also on the autism spectrum. I am working on how to deal
I am Andrew and I have intellectual disabilities and I often have difficulty communicating with others. I sometimes face challenges
My name is Devyn and I communicate nonverbally. I have an iPad talking device, but I won’t use it without
I was diagnosed with autism. I enjoy the socialization opportunities I have been given by the program and hope to continue
I’ve been painting for nine years, and I use acrylic paint to express and cope with my bipolar depression. My
I am a young adult with a mental illness and I struggle with symptoms from my illness. I live with
I’ve faced many obstacles, one is which is severe clinical depression. Another is dealing with schizoaffective disorder. Prayer and my
I attend a training center in Millbrook, AL. My hobbies included talking on the phone, playing x-box, exploring in the
My name is Willie and I drew this picture for power. I wanted to show that we have power and
My name is Patricia and I live with my mother. I enjoy helping others, my favorite activity is attending the
For most of my life I have dealt with the diagnosis of ataxia. This has affected my mobility and other
My name is Chasie, the obstacles I have overcome are being angry so quickly. Art makes me feel quite and
I have worked very hard to manage my behavior and interact with my peers. One of the biggest challenges for
My name is Andre and I have a mental illness diagnosis of schizophrenia. It has been hereditary throughout my family for
My name is Diamond and I was diagnosed with ADHD, bipolar, depression, anxiety, and mood disorder. I was diagnosed at the
My name is Yunteka and I have an intellectual disability with possible autism. I am learning how to make friends
I am an artist originally from Cordova, Alabama and now live in Huntsville, Alabama. I was first diagnosed with schizophrenia
I have faced many obstacles in life related to my mental illness. Since I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, I
I have been diagnosed with having acute depression, 23 years ago my mother and father died which lead to me having
I have overcome being in controlled by a family member, and I’m now free to make my own choices. Having
My mental illness began to manifest itself when I was 19 years old. I began cutting and burning myself with
I have schizophrenia and it was a challenge for me to get well again. I really wanted to get over
I have faced many obstacles in my life. I have struggled with depression, anxiety, and stressors. I have faced physical health
Story Daniel Old Model T $30
I was diagnosed with schizophrenia when I was 19 and I have struggled daily, in every area of my life.
My name is Jhmiyas, I am 25 years old, from Dadeville, Al. I drew a picture of Michael Jackson because
Since grade school I have wrestled with various learning disabilities that seemed to change my teacher's perspectives of how I
My name is Annette. I have been at Cahaba Center for a long time. I love to do crafts and
I have faced many obstacles in my life related to my mental illness. Since I was diagnosed with schizophrenia, I
I am Herbert. I work with the Van Crew at Cahaba Center. I like to enter this program and showcase
Life is but an obstacle. I have been given the ability to self-teach my how to do art. I love
I am on the Autistic Spectrum which can sometimes make it hard to interact with people. I am working on
My name is Gregory and I attend the Montgomery ARC Adult Training Center via The Montgomery Hanan Center. I have
I have faced many obstacles in my life such as getting divorced, having a car accident, and especially being diagnosed with
My name is Amber. I attend Vivian B. Adams School. I am quiet and reserved and enjoy the friends I
Story missing Terry Healing Heart 56854 $1200
I am Henry and both my brother and I attend the Cahaba Center and live at the group home. I
My name is Joan and I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 14 years old. I have constant ups
One of the challenges I face is having an intellectual functioning disability. Despite my challenges, I love to learn new
My name is Tamara, and I’m 47 years old, I attend Azalea Training Center in Millbrook, AL. My hobbies are
My name is Clark. I overdosed on LSD in 1991 and since then I’ve been in Mental Health Centers ever
Story missing Sarah We're All Mad Here NFS  
Hello, I have schizophrenia and anxiety that sometimes throws me for a curve. To help me cope with my illness I enjoy
I’m Ernest and I live with my mom. I have a moderate intellectual disability and I’m also living with diabetes
I live at a group home and attend The Arc of Clarke County day rehabilitation program where I enjoy painting,
I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder (schizophrenia with mood swings) in 2007. When things are not going well I hear
I am 26 years old and I have ADHD and autism. I used to have a problem with anger outbursts.
My name Shanga and I’m a very bright student who attends Montgomery ARC McInnis’ Adult Training Center. Due to my
I have been depressed most of my life. I've had trauma a few times during childhood. As an adult I
Hi my name is Willie and I’ve been diagnosed with ADHD and bipolar since the age of one. I had
My name is Janie and I am a self-taught artist. If I see a picture in a book or magazine
I have schizophrenia and depression. I was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1994. I am self-taught when it comes to art
I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder in 2003 and have been attending Riverbend ever since. I have learned coping skills, the
I have bipolar disorder and I hear voices that get worse when I am alone. When I get depressed I
My name is Ursula, and I enjoy helping my mother, dancing to my favorite beats and being with family and
I have schizoaffective disorder. I come to class at Riverbend. It helps me to come to Riverbend and take my medicine.
My name is Sharon and my picture means joy because there is fruit. Fruit symbolizes plenty and good health and
I was diagnosed with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. I have struggled with outbursts and anger problems. I have maintained
My name is Shenise and I participate at the Center of Hope. My picture reminds me of being outside in
My name is Debbie, I’m 46 years old and I attend Azalea Training Center in Millbrook, AL. My hobbies included
I have bipolar disorder and ADHD, having bipolar disorder can be pretty difficult sometimes and it can be hard to
My name is William. I won an art contest in third grade but didn't receive it until the fourth grade.
My name is Deatrice. I have been participating in the 1920 Club Art Program for ten years. Doing art helps
Hi I’m Reed, and the biggest challenge I’ve faced is having autism. I am a very positive young man who
I am Jonathan and I attend Vivian B. Adams School. I have an intellectual disability. I live with friends in
Throughout my life, I have been dealing with symptoms relating to my mental illness. Going undiagnosed for than half my life.
For many years I lived with my family but now I live in my own apartment. I attend the ARC
I am Charles, I have intellectual and physical disabilities. My challenge is to not let my disabilities define who I
My name is Kim and I have intellectual disabilities and obsessive compulsive disorder. I have difficulty with verbal communication. I
The first obstacle in my life was being hit by a car at the age of 13. Followed by me
My name is Emmett. I am in the school-age program at Vivian B. Adams School. I have autism, but I
I have PTSD and anxiety disorder and I recently found out I have cognitive thinking disorder. I have learning disabilities
I was diagnosed with bipolar and schizoaffective disorder about 22 years ago. I lost my wife to bipolar disorder several
Each day I face day and night with anxiety, anger and loneliness. I try my best to be positive around
I am Kevin and I’ve used art as a means to make me feel good. I was taught art in
I currently live in a group home in Jackson and attend The Arc of Clarke County day rehabilitation program where
I am Alisa and I have intellectual disabilities and I’m not able to use my voice. I am learning how
Hello, my name is Drew. My diagnosis is paranoid schizophrenia and I don't like having this illness. I have been
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder several years ago after suffering through a difficult divorce. It seems I have struggled
Hi I am Tatayana and I see death and murders and sometimes I wish I could find my dead gummy bear.
I have schizoaffective disorder and I am 49 years old. I see and hear things. I come to Riverbend to
I have been diagnosed with having schizoaffective disorder. I was hurt at a young age and I’ve dealt with a
My name is Kimberly. I have worked very hard to be less dependent on others. I am working on feeding
I was labeled hyperactive when I was six years of age, I was considered such until they wrote me down
My name is Tamesha and I have an intellectual disability and physical limitations. Sometimes I have difficulty expressing myself which
My name is Jonathan and I have paranoid schizophrenia. The obstacles I have overcome are anger and depression. My instructor Sylvia
I have obsessive compulsive disorder. My obsession and rituals have made it very difficult to live a normal life. I have
Hello My name is Anthony and my disabilities are anxiety, major depressive order and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. I’ve dealt
I’m Shelby, I’m 23 years old and I attend Azalea Training Center in Mill brook, AL. My hobbies included dream
I have schizophrenia and an intellectual disability which can sometimes make me feel both happy and sad. It makes me
I have lost a lot in my life because of my bipolar disorder. I have been in and out of
My name is Kathy and I’ve gotten better with the abuse of my Dad killing my mother who was four months
Hello, my name is Dathan and I struggle with ADHD and bipolar disorder. The majority of my life I was a
My name is Joshua and I attend Vivian B. Adams School. I have been faced with many challenges in my
There are challenges we have to face every day, never give up on hope because there is always a tomorrow with
My name is Jimmy and I attend Adams School. I have an intellectual disability and one of my biggest challenges
I currently live with my sister in our own home where we are supported by TACC staff and advocates. I
My name is Derrick and I have a lot of friends. I live in a group home with a lot
My name is Kendall. I have autism and communicate nonverbally. I have a few words, and can use an iPad
My name is Alicia and I am 33 years old. With supports provided by the Arc of Walker County, I
Hi, my name is Ronald. I am a member of the 1920 Club in Birmingham, AL. I have studied art