A 2 week-long public gallery with daily hangouts & a celebratory Opening Night Ceremony featuring Artists, Performers, and Hackers that are shaping the Future of "Mental Health & Wellness"

10 MIT Artists were selected to share their thoughts, feelings, and visions through their art. What follows is an experiment in the provocation and willingness to share, through public spaces, and affect the world around us.

Come be a part of it and leave your mark.

The Gallery is open Thursday, February 16th through Thursday, March 2nd in The Game Room, W20-106, in the MIT Student Center, right next to LaVerde's.

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not your average Gallery

LIVE MURAL PAINTING || OPEN 24 HRS A DAY

MAKE IT YOUR SPACE: COME HANGOUT AT 8PM


A vision of the future of Mental Health & Wellness, from MIT, for the world

10 MIT artists showcase their thoughts, feelings, and visions for "The Future". Some are interactive, some are still being painted, and absolutely all are for your provocation.

We welcome you to explore The Gallery and contribute your vision to the Guest Book Exhibit— this interactive exhibit invites you to write down your thoughts:

What does The Future of MH&W look like? and, What does this Future look like if MIT is in the leadership?

Invited artists will take the notes submitted by gallery guests and transpose these onto a permanent mural installation inside the very Gallery space that will stay and live on past the two weeks.

Activity Books embedded inside the Gallery Program help you take your inspiration and put pen to paper.


RE-LIVE THE MAGIC

See what A Celebration of NeuroDiversity at MIT looks like, re-connect with our Opening Night Tech Expo Futurists & Live Musicians, and stay up to date with the ongoing Live Mural that will be donated to the room!

OPENING NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS

LIVE MURAL PAINTING


Download the #OpenMindOpenArt Zine by Natalia Guerrero and Dani Cosio

Download the Mental Health Resource Catcher by Natalia Guerrero


HANGOUT SESSIONS IN THE GALLERY

It ain't over yet.

Every night at 8pm, some bunch of people with open minds and a desire for mind-opening art are coming together, in The Gallery, to talk about all kinds of things:

BYOInstrument. Witching Hour Loud Noises. The Type Bar. BYOLunch. Mental Fitness Gyms. But really, WTF is meditation? Food, Fools, and Froyo. Youtube Marathon. Micro Opera. In that case, WTF is Spirituality? #AMA. Closing Party & Pizza with live Mural Painting.

...and more. Again, these are not events, just some people hanging out. Stay updated through our calendar.

Questions? Comments! We'd love to hear from you at openminds@mit.edu !

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Artists

Meet the MIT artists

JESSICA ARTILES

A developing a*tist and jester, Jessica first convinced herself she may actually be an artist someday (contrary to her 3rd grade teacher's opinion) atop the TEDx Stage in Curitiba, Brasil— just one of her many cultural homes. Hear her provocation: The art of asking "Y": Big learning through big data.

Jessica self-identifies as a connecter. She empathizes, she calibrates, and best of all, she exaggerates.

Some of her working prototypes include Generación ¿Qué?, @CrowdSourcedArt, @InnAutocorrect, @La_Artiles, and #FinalmenteFidel.

She also enjoys serious work as a Curriculum Designer at EXPLO Studio and devoutly posting coffee shots at 3:05.

Demotional to physical, sign my cast?, manyfests, musica poeta y loca

ANASTASIYA BERSHANSKA

Anastasiya is a physics major at MIT. She is particularly interested in quantum physics and quantum computation, which clearly suggests that Anastasiya is not a practical person. She uses art, especially painting and sculpture, as a way of communicating her experience of the world.

Sculpture

PETER DOWNS

Peter is a former startup-world participant who is currently in the process of receiving a degree in 6-3. His primary means of artistic expression is photography, but he is also exploring the artistic possibilities of other digital media. You can learn more at his website.

Photography

DANNY GELMAN

Danny is a freshman at MIT who loves to paint, knit, and make art out of just about anything. He works best while listening to musical soundtracks. Danny also loves collaborating on projects with his twin. While he doesn't know what he will be majoring in (currently considering architecture or mechE), knows he wants to affect people positively in one way or another. He hopes thats what this project achieved.

Fiber Arts, Painting, Yarn

ALLAN GELMAN

Allan is a freshman at MIT who adores art - from knitting to watercoloring to animation. He is a hardcore Studio Ghibli fan (his favorite is Spirited Away). He loves collaborating with his twin on their various projects. He hopes to touch MIT with his biggest fiber art piece yet!

Drawing, Watercolor, Knitting, Fiber Arts

OHYOON KWON

Ohyoon hopes to become a dolphin in the ocean. Through art, Ohyoon is interested in exploring themes of identity, individuality, interpersonal relationships, and how they are affected in the modern environment. Ohyoon is more partial to painting than drawing. Ohyoon is also a freshman, who intends to major in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Check out her artwork here.

Oil Painting, Watercolor

JESSICA LIU

Jessica's art has immersed her in writing short stories. She manages to bring make graspable unquantifiable thoughts and ideas through creative personifications. Most recently, her stories have been told from the point of view of shadows and earthquakes.

Writing, Short Stories

LARKIN SAYRE

Larkin loves to paint, draw and build things! She is a senior studying mechanical engineering and hopes to help the MIT community with her artwork. She loves to talk about intersectional feminism and eat lots of ice cream cake. Check out her portfolio and artwork.

Drawing, Water Color, Painting

BENJAMIN TRITT

Because Art Matters.

BCI, EEG

MORRIS VANEGAS

Morris is a doctoral student in bioengineering. His work is heavily inspired by near-future technology, particularly Brain-Computer Interfaces and Internet of Things devices, and their use to generate and understand empathy. He hopes to one day contribute to MIT Technology Review's Twelve Tomorrows. Follow him @MorrisVanegas or see his past work.

Image Processing, Interactive Tech, BCI

JESSIE WANG

Jessie is an undergrad studying computer science at MIT, who hopes to be a visual development artist someday. Her work is an attempt to tell stories she has heard and felt. She thinks dogs are better than most things in life. Check out her work here :)

Mural, Digital Art, Paint
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Makers

Meet the gallery producers

JESSICA ARTILES

Jessica Artiles is a designer, maker, educator, Cuban dancer, snowboarder, and roadtripper, but above all else, a connector.

As a developing a*tist she's constantly challenging under-standings and layering meaning to the beauty-filled world she stubbornly admires.

She's proud to bring art to the table, cross-pollinate ideas, and share her strategic methods for post-it note optimization.

She invites you to join her for tea in asking Y.

Gallery Director

DANIELLE COSIO

Danielle is a graduate student in Brain & Cognitive Science at MIT studying neural networks using animal and computational models. She's passionate about reducing stigma surrounding issues of mental health and wellness. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

Brain Guru

GIAN-CARLO FILIPPI

From painting to theater to dance, Gian-Carlo does it all! He brings his talent to the team to not only help the makers understand the artists, but to inspire the artists during the studio sessions. You can find his large pieces in the Gallery, each made by using the entirety of one pen cartridge each. .

Artist In Residence

TAMBLYN GAWLEY GRIFFITHS

Tamblyn is an artist, painting and drawing trees in a variety of media. She is currently living in Boston with husband Jon and their lazy cats, and is an adjunct professor of fine arts at Bunker Hill Community College. Check out her artwork and portfolio.

Art Instructor

BEN GREER

Ben is a fabrication specialist for EXPLO with a long background in construction. With the help of his shop dog companion, he builds props and classroom tools to help kids learn in a more hands on way. He has also helped build wooden racing boats, timberframe houses, and has spent time as a draftsman.

Set Designer

JON GRIFFITHS

Jon is a curriculum designer for EXPLO, with an important point of view given his background as a teacher. He brings his experience in prototyping and design to our team to help bridge the gap between what we want to build and what we want to convey.

Set Designer

NATALIA GUERRERO

You can hear Natalia on WMBR every Friday night on her show, The Voice Box. She's also written her own dramas! So yeah, she's probably cooler than you. Natalia is helping translate all of our work into the most traditional of story telling: the written word.

Writer In Residence

ELEANOR HAWLEY

Ellie is an assistant physical therapist in Mattapan who lives in the countryside with her husband and dog, who are great supporters of her art. She will go months at a time with no art in sight, then there is an explosion - filling the house more than the furniture. Check out her artwork.

Art Instructor

OLIVIA JEFFERS

Olivia is the founder of Compassionate Technologies, a pragmatic, humorous, and intelligent monthly magazine and weekly blog discussing the intersection of humans and cutting-edge technology. She is heading the Opening Night of the gallery! Sign up for her newsletter or follow her @livvyjeffs.

Opening Night Producer

MORRIS VANEGAS

Morris Vanegas brings his experience in personal fabrication to the Open Mind::Open Art Gallery. From building sets, writing automation scripts, or designing and milling circuit boards, Morris helps artists and makers prototype and implement their ideas. He is currently the Director of TDC Makerspace, a student-run, fraternity-based fabrication shop at MIT and the Artist-In-Residence for RedWorks3d.com. Follow him @MorrisVanegas.

Technical Director
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“He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”

— St. Francis of Assisi

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The OpenMind::OpenArt Project is kindly sponsored by The MindHandHeart Initiative's Innovation Fund [Hey! You should apply, too!] and by The MIT Campus Activities Complex.