Savannah College of Art and Design 

Melissa Spitz exhibition: 'You Have Nothing to Worry About'

 

Exhibit designed by:

Melissa Spitz, photographer, melissaspitzphotography@gmail.com

Exhibit curated by:

Ben Tollefson, Savannah College of Art & Design, btollefs@scad.edu

Display period: 2018 (Instagram project - ongoing)

 

Impact Upon Exhibition Trend:

Unique among exhibitions about mental health for its focus upon one person’s life story, this exhibition lays bare the reality of one mother’s struggle with mental illness. This innovative exhibit stems from a social media effort of the same name by photographer Melissa Spitz. The Instagram work of Spitz has received national attention, and You Have Nothing to Worry About is among the earliest examples where the reality of mental illness has been put on display alongside a real person’s face and full name. Spitz was honored as Time Magazine’s Instagram Photographer of the Year in 2017. 

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Melissa Spitz exhibition: 'You Have Nothing to Worry About' at the Savannah College of Art & Design

Image used with permission from Melissa Spitz

The National Museum of Mental Health Project researches the use of exhibits to transform society's attitudes about,

and understanding of, mental health. 

The Project seeks to:

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

  • Facilitate collaboration among artists, curators, exhibit designers, mental health professionals, people with lived experience, and others who seek to share knowledge.

  • Inspire the development of a national museum of mental health that is a museum-without-walls. This may take the form of a new nonprofit entity, or emerge organically from vigorous collaboration and sharing of know-how.

 

The Project extends from a research fellowship at Assumption College. 

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