Through a Mind's Eye

Art by Artists with Mental Illness


David M. Blaisdell

Howard  Kane

Allan D. Lipton


Nancy Tudor

Alan Schultz

Karen J. Slingerland


On Exhibition At

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

2nd Floor Gallery

1650 N. Halsted St.

Chicago, IL 60614


Reception: Friday, April 7, 2000 (6:30 - 7:30 p.m.)

Exhibition is on display through June 4, 2000.


This art exhibition is in cooperation with WilPower/Thresholds' Expressive Arts Program and is in complement to Steppenwolf’s production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Dale Wasserman.

WilPower/Thresholds' Expressive Arts and Therapy Program provides individuals an opportunity to find personal expression and help them to relate and connect with others. WilPower, Inc. is a not-for-profit suburban (Cook County) community-based organization which was founded in 1986 by parents, relatives and people concerned about the rights and unmet needs of adults disabled by diseases of the brain which cause chronic mental illnesses. WilPower has contracted Thresholds, Illinois' oldest and largest psychiatric recovery agency to manage and operate WilPower's housing and supportive programs. The agency creates the opportunity for persons with mental illness to live with dignity and independence. With its 25 service locations and more than 40 housing developments, the Agency annually serves about 4,000 people and is recognized successfully with several programs worldwide that have replicated the Thresholds model.


There is no charge for viewing of the artwork.

Regular viewing hours are one hour prior to theatre performances.




minds6.jpg (252851 bytes)David M. Blaisdell

"I was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, the son of a pharmaceutical executive and college teacher. I am the oldest of five children, including three sisters and a brother who is deaf. Most of the artistic talent appears on my father's side and the literary talent on my mother's. My education included graduating 1st in my class from Trinity-Pawling Prep School in upstate New York. After a year at Williams College, I became ill, but eventually resumed courses at and graduated from Lake Forest College with my B.A. in psychology. I continued my education and received my Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts. Since then, I have published in several literary magazines and will soon have a reading of my play The Times of Boris Pasternak at a local theatre. I continue to work on my writing and music with The Institute for Therapy in the Arts and my painting at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I am also taking an acting class at Oakton College and finishing my third novel."


minds7.jpg (151291 bytes)Howard Kane

Howard is an artist who, "just wants to create." His works are inspired by random observations of everyday experiences. Howard works primarily with watercolors and pencils and believes the greatest reward he gets from painting is a sense of release and relaxation.




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      Allan D. Lipton

 Alan has been a member of Thresholds since 1980 and a member of WilPower/Thresholds since 1990. He studied art at the Humantas Institute and at the Winnetka Community House. Allan is also an accomplished piano player and writer.



minds4.jpg (329706 bytes)Nancy Tudor

Born in Chicago, Nancy started painting in New Trier East High School's program Center for Self Directed Learning. She continued her studies at the University of Oregon in Eugene earning a five year degree in Fine Arts and Allied Architecture having studied drawing, painting, sculpture and design. Two of her years of study were in Landscape Architecture. Nancy notes, "Painting is one way of remembering nature, flowers and childhood. I attend Wilpower/Mental Health Center two mornings and one full day a week. This program has helped me in so many ways -- learning to take medication, helping me to get a job and continue as a business woman and in displaying my artwork."


Alan Schultz

 (Short Stories)

Alan was born in Hinsdale, IL, grew up in Lisle, IL and currently lives and writes in Evanston. He has been writing stories since early childhood and describes it as his main hobby and love. "My favorite themes include science fiction, horror, and social commentary. I hope to make people think and find writing a great way to positively express my own feelings and opinions. The two stories displayed here are directly related to my own questioning and how I notice others responding to my mental illness. My favorite writers include Edgar Allen Poe, Clive Barker, Stephen King, Robert Block, among others." Alan is currently exploring area colleges and universities where he hopes to complete a degree in computer programming with a minor in creative writing.


Karen J. Slingerland

mindseye.jpg (219357 bytes)"Most artists aspire to take advantage of a life experience that provides their work with a unique, creative, experiential and imaginative perspective," remarks Karen. For a good part of her life, Karen was entrapped with a severe case of schizophrenia, a mental illness that left her with frightening, yet often colorful delusions about virtually every element of her life. She considers her interest in art the most potent medicine available to her during her years of hell and is excited about sharing her artistic expression with others.




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