Amy Kerr Draws Portraits

I Am More

Exhibit contact information:

Amy Kerr,

Display period: 2018-current


Impact Upon Exhibition Trend:

This is an excellent example of a museum-without-walls (a.k.a. distributed museum), whereby a mental health exhibition is transformed into public art for viewing outside of a museum. I Am More brings the exhibition to the viewer, which requires it to be scaled to fit venues where people carry on everyday activities. This exhibition, which consists of hand-drawn portraits of real people accompanied by their own words and stories, has been displayed in a library, coffee shop, bookstore, bank, hospital, food pantry, suburban mall, yoga studio, and more. Initially conceived to address the challenges of mental illness, the exhibition additionally features individuals whose lived experience includes trauma and unexpected adversity, such as a veteran with PTSD, and a Holocaust survivor.  In terms of number of display locations, this is the most frequently-traveled exhibition our research has uncovered.



amy kerr draws

I Am More

Images used with permission from Amy Kerr

The National Museum of Mental Health Project, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and “museum without walls” that researches and creates exhibitions that can transform society’s attitudes about, and understanding of, mental health. Through the development of online exhibits, NMMHP does what museums do best – educate, interpret, advance dialogue, and develop literacy on the topic of mental health. 


The Project seeks to:

  • Develop and display exhibitions by facilitating collaboration among artists, curators, mental health professionals, people with lived experience, and others who seek to share talents and knowledge.

  • Share research related to exhibits about mental health and wellness.

  • Build alliances with community, local, and national not-for-profit, for-profit, governmental, and educational entities who are similarly interested in creating positive mental health outcomes.

  • Develop a national museum of mental health.

The Project extends from a research fellowship at Assumption University.