Early in the twentieth century, artwork produced by patients in European psychiatric institutions began to draw attention for their powerful visual statements.  Exhibitions of such work were organized for the first time and a number of publications appeared, bringing this art to the public's attention.  An important art movement had begun.  The term "outsider art" was first coined in 1972, referring to art by the mentally ill and others on the fringes of the art world who are not formally trained.  The collection displayed in the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center (with the exception of the glass mosaic by Connecticut artist Dennis Peabody), and in other buildings on the IOL campus, consists of examples of this artistic genre.
 
To enlarge any of the following selections from the Outsider Art collection on display at the IOL, just click on the image.
 
Hector Alonzo Benavides
Untitled
Regina Broussard
Untitled Mask
Oscar Brown
Untitled
Oscar Brown
Untitled

 

Oscar Brown
Untitled Abstract
Oscar Brown
Untitled Abstract
Oscar Brown
Untitled Abstract
Oscar Brown
Untitled Abstract

 

Paul Costa
Figures
Gina Damerell
Untitled Mask
Louis Estape
Blue Fox
Louis Estape
Protection Mask

 

Jacqueline Frank
Untitled Mask
Sayuri Gatmaitan
Untitled Mask
Gloria Gonzalez
Glowing Mask
Vera Hollins
Hands (mask)

 

Helen Kossoff
Little Demon
Maria Lopez
Snake Mask
Dwight MacIntosh
Figure
Dwight MacIntosh
Horse

 

Frances "Lady Shalamar" Montague
Flamenco Dancer
Frances "Lady Shalamar" Montague
French Trained Dog Act
Frances "Lady Shalamar" Montague
Mexican Hat Dance
Emmanuel Montoya
Untitled Mask

 

Cathy Perillo
Vulture Mask with Angel
Laura Pierce
Abstract
Laura Pierce
Abstract
Laura Pierce
Abstract

 

Larry Randolph
Landscape
William Scott
City Scene
Gerard Sendrey
Three Heads Are Better Than One