Tover’s art selected for Capitol Showcase exhibition 05.10.24

May 10, 2024

Tover’s art selected for Capitol Showcase exhibition

MOBILE, Ala. — Throughout the month of May, the artistic works of individuals experiencing mental illnesses, substance use disorders, and developmental disabilities will be on display at the Alabama State Capitol’s Old Supreme Court Library.

Now in its 19th year, the Capitol Showcase is part of the Alabama Department of Mental Health’s annual observance of Mental Health Awareness Month. This is a national event that highlights the need for greater awareness, understanding and acceptance of mental illness. The exhibit will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The 2024 showcase features more than 90 artists using a variety of media, including acrylics, pencil, mixed media, textiles, and photography. Though an overwhelming majority of the art on display is by adults, this year’s exhibit also features a work by a 10-year-old from Montgomery.

Ty Tover, a peer counselor for the Mobile County Health Department and a contemporary expressionist painter, had his painting titled “Away from here” selected for the exhibition.

The showcase underscores the therapeutic value of self-expression, with several of the featured artists sharing the importance of art in their lives: On his application form, Tover expressed why he did the painting.

“I have struggled with depression and sadness my entire life,” he wrote. “Even as a child, I always felt I experienced sadness differently than others. I hope that my opening up about my struggle with recurring depression helps others. I use art as an outlet to express my sadness but also when I am happy. I hope by looking at my art others can see that out of darkness, we can create light and out of sorrow, we can build happiness.”

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 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.

A May 23 reception will honor the artists and their supporters and spotlight the winner of the Best in Show Award, as determined by an online vote. The reception will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Old Supreme Court Library. To vote for Best in Show, visit this link — https://tinyurl.com/yckd27dv.

To learn more about the Capitol Showcase, visit www.mh.alabama.gov.

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