February 15, 2022
Tover takes part in WHO Futures Art Exhibition
MOBILE, Ala. — The World Health Organization (WHO) is envisioning the future of health and well-being in the Western Pacific in 2050 with the inaugural WHO Futures Art Exhibition. Among those taking part is Ty Tover, a peer counselor with MCHD and a contemporary expressionist painter.
The exhibition is open to artists who are interested in the Western Pacific Region and want to share their ideas about the future of health in the Region through visual art. Submissions may be made by individuals or groups of individuals who are 18 years or older.
The WHO invites submissions of art under five categories. Four categories focus on areas WHO believes will considerably impact and shape the future of health and well-being and one is an open category. WHO particularly encourages young artists, women and artists from underrepresented groups to apply.
A native of Mobile, Tover’s colorful paintings pay homage to his life experiences and his emotions. His distinctive personal style and use of color permeates throughout his works. Most of his works display his fondness for use of acrylic paints over black canvas.
Tover has led a very interesting life saturated in the arts: from lead dancer, to choreographer, to local painter. Tover left Mobile early on in his life to seek culture in other communities. He spent more than a decade in Los Angeles where he served on numerous artistic boards, including the Disney Anaheim Museum.
His artwork has been shown in local exhibitions, including the most recent one by the Mobile Arts Council titled “Black Health and Wellness.” Tover’s work is currently featured on the Mobile Arts Council’s Virtual Art Gallery at https://mobilearts.org/virtualgallery/
According to the WHO, art is a powerful tool in understanding ourselves and the world. This unique expression of human creativity and imagination serves as a repository of a society’s memory and a way of imagining the future: the metaphors, symbols and visuals transmit collective consciousness and make sense of shared lived experiences.
History reveals that artists have helped reflect significant events, including past pandemics, and envisioned the future in their work. Explore more about the history of artists’ role in reflecting pandemic.
The public is encouraged to vote on the submissions through February 28. You can use the following links to vote for Tover’s art: