NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center presents “Liquid Mind: Abstractions by Jennifer Bryan,” an exhibition featuring a colorful selection of abstract paintings by Norwich alumna Jennifer Bryan ’05, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. June 4.
Bryan’s collection of abstract work is meant to convey current states of mind, visually encapsulating the ebbs and flows of manic depression, along with capturing moments otherwise dulled due to short-term memory loss. Her work is a statement about mental health and the importance of self-care and healing.
Bryan, a self-taught artist since 2018, works in mental health with children where the importance of coping strategies is paramount to encourage growth and self-regulation. By integrating and regenerating feelings and moments to canvas, Bryan hopes to bring attention to the need for mental illness education and destigmatization.
Bryan was born in Berlin, Vermont, received her education in central Vermont and began school at Norwich University at age 16. She graduated with highest honors at 20. She is among a long line of family involved with Norwich, including her grandfather, Pop Bryan, a geology professor; her grandmother, Vivian Bryan, longtime librarian; Shawn Bryan, ’70 and MBA ’03; Helen Bryan, housing officer and adjutant for the Commandant’s Office for 15 years; and Rachel Bryan ’99
The reception will be held outside under a tent near the museum, limited to 75 people, who may enter the gallery in small groups. Masks are required for this event. To attend, preregister by calling 802-485-2183. All attendees will be asked to check in and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival and/or proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination.
The exhibit runs from June 4 to December 10, 2021.
The Sullivan Museum and History Center, Vermont’s only Smithsonian affiliate, features permanent exhibitions and changing exhibitions.
Call 802-485-2183 or visit https://www.norwich.edu/museum for information about the programs or exhibits.
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