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‘I AM MORE’ Exhibit Showcases First-Person Stories and Portraits of Mental Health

September 1-November 30, 2021

Just in time for back-to-school, Salem State University's library will host the traveling, multimedia exhibit, “I Am More.”  Launched in 2017 by Gloucester artist Amy Kerr, the Salem State exhibit is the first time that the entire collection of 36 portraits and essays from around Massachusetts will be seen together. 

The project features portraits in pastel and colored pencil, accompanied by essays by the subjects about all the ways they are more than their mental health and other challenges. 

The portrait subjects range in age from 15-86 and come from all parts of Massachusetts, including a Salem State student. 

The exhibit showcases first-person stories on mental illness, addiction, abuse, poverty, bullying and suicide.  

About Amy Kerr, Artist 

Amy Kerr is a portrait artist from Gloucester who has struggled with depression. In 2016 she shared her personal story on her blog and was overwhelmed by the response. Friends and strangers were grateful for the opportunity to have a platform to talk about suffering in public and without shame. This conversation led to the idea for I Am More which has now been exhibited throughout Massachusetts.  

Exhibit Hours
The exhibit is open during library hours which can be found at 

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

  • Masks are required to be worn indoors on the Salem State Campus
  • All visitors must attest to being symptom-free by showing the CoVerified App or signing a statement. 
  • Please be aware of maintaining 3-foot distancing in the exhibit area. 
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