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Waiting For Beds

A MULTIMEDIA COLLABORATIVE ART PROJECT BETWEEN ARTISTS MOIRA VILLIARD AND CARLA HAMILTON

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Upcoming Exhibitions

  • On view: January 16 - March 2, 2024 

    • MCAD Jerome Fellowship Exhibition, MCAD Main Gallery, Minneapolis

    • Reception: Friday, January 19, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

  • On View: March 6 - March 31, 2024

    • UW-Superior Kruk Gallery​

    • Reception: Friday, March 7, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

  • On View: April 1 - April 30

    • Washburne Cultural Center, 1 E Bayfield St, Washburn, WI​

    • Reception: TBD

About

Waiting For Beds is a multimedia collaborative art project between artists Moira Villiard and Carla Hamilton as they delve into the tumultuous and vicious cycles of mental health crisis, public health and the healthcare and social systems that are at odds in American society. It features mixed media work by the artists, data and survey responses, as well as an embedded community component.

 

This exhibit brings to the surface the inner workings of the systems one falls into when facing a mental health crisis. They draw from regional research, personal experience and community input to compose a body of work that tactfully navigates these topics while powerfully delivering the impact and reality of it. The visual elements from the artists depict the anguish of the eponymous wait for beds from two different perspectives: One, as a person facing  mental health crisis, in need for help and being made to wait by a failing healthcare infrastructure; two, as the caretaker of the one made to wait, trying to get someone to listen, trying to understand the regulations and inner workings of a system made to profit rather than help your loved one.

 

The artists carve out space for those in the community who have encountered the hard edges of these “cracks” where too many fall through by displaying stories, objects and pieces submitted to exhibit. The intricacies of these structures, as they become visible through the objects, stories and visual art, become impossible to deny - as does the violence inflicted on the community. 

 

Accompanying each exhibition is community programming that invites locals with lived experience and expertise to share their connection to the topic. This exhibit seeks to challenge the normalcy of the phrase in social services and healthcare, and uplift the voices of those impacted by the "wait". It navigates themes and data connected to mental health, addiction, hospitalization, incarceration, homelessness, domestic violence, and other areas of crisis in which "waiting for a bed" is common.

 

Description by Tania Murillo-Duran and Moira Villiard

Waiting for Beds - Duluth, MN Panel at PROVE Gallery.
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Moira Villiard

Waiting for Beds - Duluth, MN Panel at PROVE Gallery.

Moira Villiard, Airlea Defoe, Sam Miletich, Jesse Switters, & Deb Holman Sound recorded by Blake Thomas of Duluth Story Project. Waiting for Beds is a traveling experimental duo-exhibit exploring the “wait” often associated with crisis care. It features a series of paintings, mixed media work and digital illustrations by Moira (Miri) Villiard and Carla Hamilton. The exhibit opened in February at the PRØVE Gallery, located at 21 N Lake Avenue. A panel discussion from regional community members Airlea Defoe, Jesse Switters, Sam Miletich, and Deb Holman took place on April 1, 2023. The panel was facilitated by artist Moira Villiard. Panelists shared their connection to the topic of “waiting for a bed” and engaged in a dialogue around crisis care in our region, exploring complex realities and offering insight into what it might take to support our community. Topics addressed include treatment for addiction, mental health care, homelessness, domestic violence, and other areas of crisis that rely on wait lists for care. The exhibit also features a small selection of artwork and objects submitted by local community members who have a connection to the topic of the show. Moira Villiard and Carla Hamilton have drawn upon regional research, personal experience, and community input to create a body of artwork that explores what happens to people in crisis during their "wait" for a bed. This exhibit seeks to challenge the normalcy of the phrase in social services and healthcare, and uplift the voices of those impacted by the "wait". The exhibit will navigate themes and data connected to mental health, addiction, hospitalization, incarceration, homelessness, domestic violence, and other areas of crisis in which "waiting for a bed" is common. This activity and operating support for Prøve Gallery is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council and the Minnesota States Arts Board, thanks to legislative appropriations from the arts and cultural heritage funds. Our work is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. Additional support for this activity is provided by the Arts Midwest GIG Fund and the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation.

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