News Release

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Dr. Courtney N. Phillips, Executive Commissioner
HHS Executive Commissioner
Date:May 8, 2019
Danielle Pestrikoff, 512-424-6951

Capitol Exhibit Highlights Art Made in State Hospitals, SSLCs

AUSTIN – Members of the community are invited to view a new art exhibit called "Fresh Perspectives: The Art of Empowerment" at the Texas Capitol. The exhibit will feature the talent of people receiving care at state hospitals and state supported living centers in Texas.

State hospitals provide care to Texans with mental health issues, while SSLCs are residential facilities that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The art exhibit will highlight the therapeutic and vocational value of art in these settings and demonstrate the positive impact art has on patients and residents. There will be 45 unique pieces to view.

“Every piece is made by someone we serve,” said Mike Maples, Deputy Executive Commissioner for the Health and Specialty Care System of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. “Art is used as treatment to help pave the path to recovery and independence. Some use art as a form of recreation, or as a vocation. Regardless of why they created the art, our artists have found a way to express hope, beauty, fun and struggle."

WHAT: Fresh Perspectives: The Art of Empowerment is a weeklong art exhibit featuring the art of people served in state supported living centers and state hospitals across Texas. Interviews with Mike Maples are available on request.

WHEN: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday, May 13 – Friday, May 17

WHERE: Ground floor Rotunda at the Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave., Austin

For more information about HHSC’s Health and Specialty Care system, which includes state hospitals and state supported living centers, visit the state supported living centers page and the state hospital page on the HHS website.