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"Art on 8" is a rotating exhibit of art created by individuals who are in care at our state run clinics and inpatient facilities. The idea of such a show originated with Michael Hogan, former OMH Commissioner, who decided that it was time to replace photos from our state hospitals in the 8th floor hallway with art. Although the old photographs were of historical interest, they did not represent the values and spirit of hope and recovery that is a part of our mission. Artistic expression has long been recognized for its role in dealing with inner emotions, reconciling conflict, and promoting healing and renewal. It is also thought to enhance inner peace by exploring feelings, perceptions and imagination. By providing opportunities that stimulate positive feelings we hope to instill a sense of empowerment, deepening self–awareness and personal growth. Artistic creativity is a vehicle for sharing the truths that reside in each of us. Creative expression enhances mental and emotional well-being while building self-esteem. Sharing art in a group also helps create a positive social experience.

The shows on the 8th floor change approximately every 4 months. Many of the pieces are available for purchase, at the artist’s discretion. Showcasing the skills and talents of our individuals in care focuses on strengths. The art work has been a source of enjoyment for both visitors and staff at 44 Holland Avenue. If you would like additional information about the show or any of the art work, please contact the Bureau of Adult and Children’s Services at (518) 474–0121.

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Aimed at promoting the hope, recovery and resilience of individuals experiencing mental illness, Picture:Recovery showcases over 100 artworks created by individuals involved in OMH-sponsored programs throughout New York State. Along with the show, OMH is asking New Yorkers to share their own “Pictures of Recovery” via TwitterLeaving OMH site and FacebookLeaving OMH site, using the hashtag #PictureRecovery.

Note: Clicking an image will bring you to the Flickr page for that specific image in the current window.

If you want to stay on this page but still view the image on Flickr, right-click anywhere on the image and select "Open link in new tab" or "Open link in new window". Alternatively, you can use the arrows to view the images.

If you want to view our other Art on 8 exhibits please visit the OMH FlickrLeaving OMH site webpage.

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the Office of Consumer Affairs.