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.

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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.

Not 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

In 2003, I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. I have learned coping skills, the importance of taking medications, and developed Read more
I was diagnosed with autism as a child. One of the challenges I have overcome is learning to be independent. Read more
Story Missing Avery Rainbow Roblox NFS Is this one your favorite? Cast your vote for the Best in Show: https://forms.gle/yzozWXf4mj5mnpkw5 Read more
I have encountered many obstacles in life, including my mental illness diagnosis. I have been in the mental health system Read more
I started painting as part of my recovery coping skills. I taught myself to paint, and I continue to improve Read more
I am from Guatemala. I have schizoaffective disorder and am receiving treatment for my disorder. I enjoy drawing, listening to Read more
My name is Leatus, and I struggle with schizophrenia and depression. I have been in the mental health system since Read more
When I was 37, about 4 years ago, I started having problems with mental illness and substance use. I recently Read more
I have been diagnosed with schizophrenia. I am proud to say that I am a veteran and receive services from Read more
A friend once told me that I have a charmed life. Then, out of nowhere, with no warning, that "charmed Read more
This drawing is me. Art helped me relax, and it made me feel happy when I was sad. Art helped Read more
Cheyenne attends a day program in Alabama. She enjoys riding her golf cart, walking, watching movies, bowling, eating very spicy Read more
My art has helped me overcome depression and shown me my ability to express myself. It makes me proud and Read more
I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety when I was young.  I have struggled with symptoms from both my entire Read more
Art has helped me overcome many obstacles in my life that I have lost. It makes me happy. It relaxes Read more
Artistry was in my blood, yet it was something I mastered through a series of trials. The tests were incremental, Read more
Story Missing Lilli Lilli’s Art NFS Is this one your favorite? Cast your vote for the Best in Show: https://forms.gle/yzozWXf4mj5mnpkw5 Read more
Now that I am mentally stable, I am more independent. I know my priorities in life, which makes me a Read more
I have obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and anxiety. They affect my life in several ways, such as through rituals and routines Read more
I have struggled with mental illness and substance use disorder for years. These have affected every area of my life, Read more
Chris attends art and music classes. The art classes he attends range from painting, watercolor, and mixed media.  He is Read more
My name is Thomas. I have been coming to Riverbend for around twelve years. Taking medicine has helped me take Read more
Story Missing Brooklynn Untitled NFS Is this one your favorite? Cast your vote for the Best in Show: https://forms.gle/yzozWXf4mj5mnpkw5 Read more
I have seen artists that inspired me to create my own art. My favorite materials are acrylics, watercolors, and mixed Read more
I have Organic Personality Disorder. I have been painting for a long time, and I like to paint lots of Read more
When making art, I draw inspiration from myself and my feelings. In the past, I have struggled with depression, but Read more
I have PTSD and bipolar. I lived in 21 different foster homes. I started learning how to read at 60 Read more
Art is an outlet for the thoughts I have about life. It is therapy for things I am going through. Read more
Story Missing Steven Brody’s Art NFS Is this one your favorite? Cast your vote for the Best in Show: https://forms.gle/yzozWXf4mj5mnpkw5 Read more
I drew this because I always wanted to fly a fighter plane. Johnathan Dream $15 Is this one your favorite? Read more
Tamara attends a day program in Alabama. She likes volunteering at AICC. Some of her favorite things to do are Read more
I have had depression since I was a teenager.  I have been doing art since I was a young girl. Read more
I have been creating art since I was six years old as a self-taught artist. When I am making art, Read more
Story Missing Frank Frank’s Art NFS Is this one your favorite? Cast your vote for the Best in Show: https://forms.gle/yzozWXf4mj5mnpkw5 Read more
Alyssa attends a day program in Alabama. She enjoys doing artwork and attends art classes weekly. She also loves animals Read more
From childhood, I have struggled with mental illness. I became involved with art in the hospital wards when I was Read more
I was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 14. When I became an adult, my diagnosis was changed to Read more
When I draw, my mind explores different aspects of the world, and I reflect on everything that I have gone Read more
My name is Wayne. I have muscular dystrophy. I get around in a wheelchair and use a walker. I try Read more
I’m a 41-year-old local artist who was born with a learning disability and has mild cerebral palsy that affects my Read more
I have bipolar disorder. I taught myself art, drawing, and animation as a kid. I liked to draw and design Read more
I enjoy attending the Day Program, and I also receive personal care services at The Arc of Clarke County. At Read more
At an early age, I was diagnosed with OCD and anxiety. I attend the Day Program at The Arc of Read more
When I was younger, at about the age of 12, I began to misuse drugs. Now, I have overcome my Read more
I have CPTSD from long-term childhood trauma. I have a hard time with anxiety at times. I am also a Read more
This is a dolphin drawn along with a Bible verse. I love Philippians 4:13 because it encourages me to have Read more
I overdosed on LSD when I was 21. I have been in mental health facilities since then. It has been Read more
As a teenager, I lost the ability to speak. The one steady thing in my life was my family. They Read more
I have bipolar disorder, and I have encountered many challenges because of my mental illness. My recovery plan is to Read more
I am a self-taught artist. I began learning at four.  I continued while studying in the hospital. I love to Read more
I have encountered many obstacles in my life, such as bullying and mental illness. I have been diagnosed with schizoaffective Read more
This drawing is me. Art helped me relax, and it made me feel happy when I was sad. Art helped Read more
I like drawing because it makes me feel good. Zachary Rain Clouds NFS Is this one your favorite? Cast your Read more
Story Missing Matthew Matthew’s Art NFS Is this one your favorite? Cast your vote for the Best in Show: https://forms.gle/yzozWXf4mj5mnpkw5 Read more
I feel like I have many challenges. I like drawing because it makes me happy. Timothy Tornado NFS Is this Read more
Story Missing Tammy Church and Cemetery $15 Is this one your favorite? Cast your vote for the Best in Show: Read more
Art, for me, like so many others, was a childhood pastime. It was a way to express myself without fear Read more
a cross with writing on it
I was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. I have struggled with outbursts of anger. I Read more
I have depression, anxiety, and PTSD. I have had many struggles with mental illness since I was a little girl. Read more
My name is Jwuanta, and I am praying to God that he will turn my attitude around. I am glad Read more
I also encountered many obstacles associated with my illness. I have struggled with symptoms since being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Read more
Shelby attends a day program in Alabama. She enjoys playing tennis with Dream Court and is beginning to skate with Read more
I’m primarily a self-taught artist, aside from high school, where I also spent much of my time working and doing Read more
I have Marfan’s Syndrome and paranoid schizophrenia.  I experience many symptoms from both illnesses, but I am glad to be Read more
I was born with a disability in one of my hands. I can draw anime and my favorite cartoons. My Read more
I was diagnosed with schizophrenia when I was a young girl.  I have experienced many symptoms because of my illness.  I Read more
I learned about art in high school. Art has always interested me. It showed life to me as I made Read more
I've lived with depression and anxiety most of my life. About 5 years ago, I started acrylic painting to relieve Read more
At thirty-four, I began to fulfill one of my ambitions, which was to be an artist. I'm sixty-five now, and Read more
I’m a self-taught artist, who has been making art for a while. I enjoy making art because it makes me Read more
I have schizoaffective disorder. I have encountered many obstacles in my life: shyness, feeling awkward, loneliness, not feeling good enough, Read more
This drawing is of a church. Art helped me relax, and it made me feel happy when I was sad. Read more
Despite many life challenges, including a diagnosis of chronic paranoid schizophrenia, I have overcome them and in recovery, working with Read more
I like to paint and make necklaces and bracelets. Painting and making jewelry are both ways to be artistic. Jane Read more
a drawing of a cartoon character
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and I have struggled with anger and other symptoms of my illness. I would Read more
I am a self-taught artist. I have been drawing for years.  I feel that God gave me the gift of Read more