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, 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.