Bringing Art to Life

Bringing Art to Life seeks to continue a dialogue about how art can be used to enhance the lives and care of people with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. The exhibit looks at art and design as expressive therapies for the neurodegenerative patient, as well as techniques to enhance the effectiveness of caregiving. The exhibit features works of art by Alzheimer's patient Lester E. Potts, Jr. and poetry by his son, neurologist Daniel C. Potts, MD.  Lester Potts was a saw miller who became a water-color artist while struggling with Alzheimer's. Dr. Potts created poetry to coincide with his father's artwork, and has offered insight into the meaning behind his father's works. Research by Dr. Elizabeth Barber is also featured in the exhibit; Dr. Barber has studied and implemented how artwork and interior design can help motivate and provide a beneficial neurological environment especially for people with Parkinson's and ease the lives of both patients and their caretakers. 



NMHM Chicago is proud to partner with ADA 25 Chicago in recognition of

the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with this exhibit.  

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Dr. Daniel C. Potts
Dr. Elizabeth Barber 
Lester E. Potts, Jr.
Kay Barber 
Berna Huebner and the Hilgos Foundation
Alzheimer's Association - Greater Illinois Chapter 
UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham) Magazine 
Art Institute of Chicago