BY JUDY CARMACK BROSS
From paintings to sculpture, textiles to jewelry, ceramics to photography—each a powerful representation of the creative minds of talented artists with Bipolar Disorder—an exhibition representing a national competition at Zolla/Liberman Gallery highlighted the insight and impact of the Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation. Founders Joyce and Dusty Sang welcomed more than 140 guests to the opening party who lauded as well works by their son Ryan Licht Sang, the Foundation’s namesake and a talented outsider artist who passed away at 24 from Bipolar Disorder.
Linda Meyer, Alexandra Lyon Singer and Brian Singer served as the event’s honorary chairmen, and the host committee included Liza Antelo, Buck and Elizabeth Betten, Merle Gordon, Genevieve Hillis, Lane and Sarah Imberman, John and Kerma Karoly, Leslie Kennedy, Park Krausen, Louise Lane, Marla and Rich London, Nancy McIlvaine, Amy and Bill Morro, Abby O’Neil and Carroll Joynes, Kathy Pick, Suzanne Rose, Barbara West Stone, and Mamie Walton.
INSIGHTS III was initiated to raise awareness of Bipolar Disorder and the work of the Foundation and to reduce the stigma associated with Bipolar Disorder by highlighting the creativity that can often accompany this illness. From over 325 entries from across the country, 20 works were selected by an independent jury to be featured and to receive a grant from the Foundation. Ten of the grantee artists were in attendance at the opening event.
The artists donated their work that will become part of a traveling exhibition. The Lyon family underwrote the artists’ grants, will William Lieberman donating the gallery space for the show.
The mission of the Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation is to foster awareness, understanding, and research for Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder, and through its “Quest For The Test™” initiative, to find an empirical test for Bipolar Disorder so that early detection in children and adolescents becomes a reality.
For more information visit www.questforthetest.org.
Photos by Clare Britt