|November 19 â€“ December 3, 2010International Outsider Art ShowThe National Art Exhibitions by the Mentally Ill (NAEMI) marks its 23 years of service to outsider art with and exhibition and fundraising event on November 19, 2010 at Obrapia Fine Arts Gallery in Little Havana.â€œWith our Annual Exhibitions, we hope to bring additional attention to the struggle of those who have been diagnosed with mental illness,â€ said NAEMIâ€™s Founder Juan Martin. â€œOur ultimate goal is to help these artists to be recognized and to fight the stigma that so often accompanies mental illness.â€Featuring the works of artists from USA, Spain, Chile and Paraguay. All 30 works featured in the exhibition will be available for sale with proceeds benefiting the artists and NAEMIâ€™s goal of helping artists with mental illness from around the world.
In the past 22 years, NAEMI has been a pioneer of this field of outsider art by developing various projects, conferences, workshops and activities with experts in the visual arts, literary and mental health professions. NAEMI exhibitions have been annually shown in Miami and have circulated in various museums and art galleries throughout the United States and the world.
Founded in 1988, NAEMI emerges while Juan Martin, the Executive Director, worked providing counseling to mentally disabled persons at a community mental health center in Miami. After encouraging a patient to paint as a way to escape his intense suffering, Martin remembers how he liked that art work and realized at that moment that there were probably many other talented persons in psychiatric hospitals waiting to be discovered.
NAEMI have in his permanent collection near 1200 art works. Their final goal is to open a museum dedicated exclusively to the art of the mentally ill.
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Hours of Exhibition:
Monday – Friday 10 – 7
Saturday 11 – 5
P. 305 646 6751