A hand-drawn charcoal portrait exhibit will be on display in the atrium of Campbell Library during May – National Mental Health Awareness Month – as part of an intervention project presented by Rowan art student, Teresa Adamucci.
“Faces” is a collection of unique, original drawings contributed by Teresa’s son, Anthony Adamucci. Sketching, drawing, and painting from a very young age, Anthony is almost entirely self-taught due to a condition known as schizoidaffective disorder, characterized by both symptoms of schizophrenia and affective mood disorder. Although not formally diagnosed until age 28, Anthony’s disability was disruptive to his adolescence and did not allow him to attend high school. Extreme anxiety and agoraphobia, symptoms of the disease, left him unable to attain many of his life ambitions.
Anthony has volunteered his artwork for his mother’s exhibition to bring attention to Mental Health Awareness Month. “Faces” will include more than 30 portraits, totally amazing in their unique and sometimes menacing expressions with penetrating gazes.
“Faces” will open for public viewing on May 14 at 3: oo p.m. and remain on disaply in Campbell Library until May 31.