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Where Art Lives, People Grow Exhibit

From: 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM, May 27, 2024 | Envision Arts Gallery and Community Engagement Center

The Envision Arts Gallery is excited to welcome Landen Blake Swearingen with his first solo exhibition titled Where Art Lives, People Grow on May 3, 2024.

As an artist and nurse, Landen Blake Swearingen is a Wichita native who combines his career and education to advocate and support nonprofits and other entities through art. So far, Landen has benefitted 14 nonprofits through art, some of which multiple times, educating the community about mental health along the way. Landen breathes life into community art projects by engaging the public in creative facets with a mission in mind. He has worked with acrylic, watercolor, oil, charcoal, spray paint, paper mache, mosaic, photography, and fabric, pastels, oil, and lots of mixed media; He has even constructed a rock garden! Landen also enjoys writing poetry and song lyrics. Landen's artistic affirmation "Where art lives, people grow" rings true in his life from his personal struggles, and he hopes to make an impact and difference in his community through fine art, health education, creative events, and advocacy.

Artist Statement

Through the expression in my artworks, I want to make known the prevalence of Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and how we stigmatize it. Being diagnosed with SMI, I want to use my experiences to advocate and educate those who are unaware of how mental health is vitally important and impactful to society as a whole; You never know who is going through hardships or crises, when you will encounter a time to possibly help someone, or if you will ever need help yourself. There are many different illnesses a person cannot control and therefore they should not be stigmatized. With my art and nursing education, I want to help create artistic spaces of openness to inspire empathy and education. Together we can break down stigmas, rally in support of family, friends, and those battling SMI, instilling within our community kindness and understanding.

During the month of May, Mental Health Awareness Month, the Envision Arts Gallery will be committed to joining this national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Art is a powerful tool for self-care and mental health. Studies have shown that expression through art can help people with depression, anxiety, and stress.

Follow Landen Blake Swearingen at www.landenblakeswearingenart.com

The Envision Arts Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (closed for lunch 12:00-1:00 PM). We are also open the Second Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.
Free and open to the public

 

 

  • Admission:

    Free

  • Days:

    5/27/2024, 5/28/2024, 5/29/2024

  • > 2024-05-27 2024-05-29 20:00:00 Where Art Lives, People Grow Exhibit <p>The Envision Arts Gallery is excited to welcome Landen Blake Swearingen with his first solo exhibition titled Where Art Lives, People Grow on May 3, 2024.<br><br>As an artist and nurse, Landen Blake Swearingen is a Wichita native who combines his career and education to advocate and support nonprofits and other entities through art. So far, Landen has benefitted 14 nonprofits through art, some of which multiple times, educating the community about mental health along the way. Landen breathes life into community art projects by engaging the public in creative facets with a mission in mind. He has worked with acrylic, watercolor, oil, charcoal, spray paint, paper mache, mosaic, photography, and fabric, pastels, oil, and lots of mixed media; He has even constructed a rock garden! Landen also enjoys writing poetry and song lyrics. Landen's artistic affirmation "Where art lives, people grow" rings true in his life from his personal struggles, and he hopes to make an impact and difference in his community through fine art, health education, creative events, and advocacy. <br><br><strong>Artist Statement</strong><br><br>Through the expression in my artworks, I want to make known the prevalence of Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and how we stigmatize it. Being diagnosed with SMI, I want to use my experiences to advocate and educate those who are unaware of how mental health is vitally important and impactful to society as a whole; You never know who is going through hardships or crises, when you will encounter a time to possibly help someone, or if you will ever need help yourself. There are many different illnesses a person cannot control and therefore they should not be stigmatized. With my art and nursing education, I want to help create artistic spaces of openness to inspire empathy and education. Together we can break down stigmas, rally in support of family, friends, and those battling SMI, instilling within our community kindness and understanding.<br><br>During the month of May, Mental Health Awareness Month, the Envision Arts Gallery will be committed to joining this national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Art is a powerful tool for self-care and mental health. Studies have shown that expression through art can help people with depression, anxiety, and stress. <br><br>Follow Landen Blake Swearingen at www.landenblakeswearingenart.com<br><br>The Envision Arts Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (closed for lunch 12:00-1:00 PM). We are also open the Second Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. <br>Free and open to the public</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> 801 E Douglas Ave Suite 106 Wichita, KS America/Chicago
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