Art Reducing Stigma


In Memoriam Evelyn Bailey

Evelyn devoted herself to recording and memorializing Rochester’s LGBTQ+ community.

HIV: Does it even matter?

Info board on a wall with framed portraits

Out Alliance, Gallery Q —
Previously exhibited were 30 original framed watercolor portraits focusing on local Rochester community members whose lives have been impacted by HIV.

Destigmatizing through Humanizing

Trillium Health, Rochester, NY — Portraits on display of local community members, many of whom have been treated at Trillium Health or are involved in research there.

Beyond the face: Portrait tells the story of activist planner Henry Taylor

Charmaine painting Dr. Henry Taylor

Taylor, who was was taken by Wheatley’s ability to “capture a part of me that people rarely see,” says the portraits speak to the urgency – and potential – for change: “These portraits are about hope: they show a dreamscape of social change. They are about the possibility of building a future city where wellbeing and wholeness reign.”

APRIL 2020: University of Colorado Installation

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus logo

A selection of members within Rochester’s mental health population — people living with mental health concerns and those who are endeavoring to improve their lives, or both. Curator: Simon Zalkind.

The Future of Health in the City

Conventus Center, Connect Gallery — In conjunction with the University of Buffalo, this installation examines the changing landscape of patient care in Buffalo, NY.

Exhibit highlights those working for better health

Portraits of Henry Louis Taylor Jr., Beth Machnica and Clifford Johnson by Charmaine Wheatley.

“The Future of Health in the City,” a new exhibition presented by the UB Art Galleries that highlights individuals working together to bring better health and healing to the Buffalo community

Book in Progress!

Charmaine's hands holding a tin of watercolor portraits

We are in the process of producing an artist bookwork collection of Charmaine’s portraits, ranging from the Mental Health section of the project to the HIV portraits. This work is ongoing, but updates will be announced as they become available.

The Beauty Inside

University of Rochester — Installation at UR’s Department of Psychiatry showcasing a selection of Mental Health portraits from Charmaine’s work at UR