INSIGHTS from the Sang Foundation






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.


Zolla Lieberman Gallery.

Outside view of the gallery.

Joyce Sang, Lane Imberman, Merle Gordon.

Dr. Mark Pollack and Dusty Sang.

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.


Lisa Antelo, Merle Gordon.

Ethel Gofen, Merle Gordon.

Kerma Karoly, John Karoly.

Joanie Schultz, Park Krausen, Barbara Robertson.

Laura Coy, Louise Lane.

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.


Marla and Rich London.

Nancy McIlvaine, William Lieberman, Alyssa Burns.

Susan Parks, Halina Janica, Amy Morro, Will Morro.

Suzanne Rose, Lisa Antela.

Peter Martino, Mamie Walton, Stanley Paul.

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.


Barb Stone, Alex Lyon Singer.

Linda Meyer, William Lieberman, Karen Echt.

Anna Rutherford, Liz Kores.

Gallery decor.

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.

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Photos by Clare Britt