Flowering of Insight Art Exhibit
Flowering of Insight was a public art exhibit of works created by adult consumers of DHS services. The artists often made their artwork available for purchase. All proceeds benefitted the artist. 2010 Flowering of Insight Event Photos on facebook
FOI was discontinued as a DHS-sponsored event after 2010. It was reinstated by a consortium of disability services providers in 2012.
Flowering of Insight (FOI) was initiated in 1988 as a way to encourage and honor the artistic talents of adults who received services through the DHS Office of Behavioral Health (OBH). From 1988 to 2004, invitations to participate, along with an annual theme to help inspire the artists, were sent to DHS-contracted providers of mental health, mental retardation (intellectual disability) and substance abuse services early in the year. Then in May, the exhibit opened with an award ceremony for participants. Everyone received a ribbon and certificate of recognition. Works were displayed for two to three weeks in a public venue.
In 2005, FOI was expanded to include an exhibit of the work of young artists. “Young Buds” displayed more than 100 works by children ages 18 years and under who received services through DHS. It was hosted at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. In 2006, FOI returned to its roots as adult exhibit, but expanded to all adults in the disability community.
The venue for FOI changed over the years. Initially the exhibit took place at the Wood Street Commons, then the City-County Building in Pittsburgh, and the PPG Wintergarden (2002). FOI moved to the Human Services Building at One Smithfield Street in downtown Pittsburgh in 2008. That move allowed the exhibit to be displayed longer. Several artists donated their work for permanent display in the Human Services Building.
In addition to recognition, FOI gave artists and opportunity to benefit financially. Many of the pieces were for sale, priced by the artist. All proceeds from the sale of artwork went directly to the artist.
The lasting value of FOI is now recognized as giving individuals an opportunity to build self-esteem and a feeling of accomplishment through artistic expression and creativity.
FOI was discontinued as a DHS-sponsored event after the 2010 exhibit. In 2012, FOI was re-established by a group of dedicated individuals with ties to the Intellectual Disability community. The 2012 FOI exhibit took place in May at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Gallery at Main in Oakland.
2009 Flowering of Insight Event Photos on facebook