Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life

Upcoming Events

Neuro Blooms: Mixed Media Art by Leslie Holt

February 12 - March 28, 2020


Opening Reception 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 5:00PM – 7:00PM 

with a talk from the artist at 6 p.m.

Free and Open to the Public


Leslie Holt, Schizophrenia Stain, Acrylic and embroidery on canvas



This spring the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, presents Neuro Blooms: Mixed Media Art by Leslie Holt.


Leslie Holt’s “Brain Stain” series exploits the aesthetic qualities of PET brain scans of people experiencing mental health conditions. Holt combines solid areas of stitched embroidery thread with saturated acrylic paint stains. The translation of digital imagery into the handmade is a metaphor for the integration of scientific data with more nuanced and subjective experience. The Brain Stains combine objective data with a more poetic interpretation as a reflection of both corporeal and clinical experiences of mental illness. These works engage viewers with the science and lived experience of mental illness, but also with the hopes of creating conversation around and destigmatizing mental illness.


This exhibition will include mental health resources, reflection activities, and crafts and programs to engage with the exhibition. There will also be a pop-up library, created in collaboration with the Art Library at UMCP, for visitors to further explore topics around the science of brain imaging and art engaging with topics of mental illness. Visit the Stamp Gallery’s website and social media for a up-to-date schedule of events.