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Published: 08/31/2023

August 31, 2023



Portraits and essays addressing how we are more than our mental illness, health diagnosis, disability or life situation.


Guilderland, NYThe traveling exhibit I Am More has returned to Crossgates with all new portraits for the month of September. The exhibit features pastel and colored pencil portraits by artist Amy Kerr, accompanied by essays written by individuals describing how they are more than their life challenges. The portraits address mental illness and addiction recovery, coping with medical diagnoses, and surviving trauma. Despite the challenging topics, the message is one of hope and resilience, and sometimes even humor and joy.


New topics this year include depression in the clergy, surviving Covid-19, seeking asylum, and living with Alzheimer’s disease, as recently seen on NBC Boston, featuring subjects Ken and Rose from Shaftsbury, VT, the parents of the artist. The exhibit will also feature the first public unveiling of Aiden, the first collaborative portrait of the project by Amy Kerr and Aiden DeCaro.


Since 2018, I Am More exhibits have been seen in universities, shopping centers, hospitals, libraries and government buildings around the northeast as a reminder that despite our challenges we all have gifts, loves and triumphs to celebrate.


The exhibit includes mental health resources and emergency number cards.


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About the Artist

Artist Amy Kerr founded I Am More as a way of reminding others that she is more than her depression recovery and invited those dealing with their own challenges to share their stories. Each subject is asked to choose a location where they are most comfortable, so locations have included a crowded theater, a cafe, a photographer’s studio, the ocean, a dance studio, a Crossfit gym, and a church. Amy draws in her studio and home in the coastal community of Gloucester, Massachusetts while coaching the subjects on their writing. She received her art education at Mt. Anthony Union High School in Bennington, VT and has a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College.


About Crossgates:

Crossgates is the Capital Region’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination offering an impressive selection of national brands and the newest retail concepts.  The center is anchored by Macy’s, JCPenney, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Primark and Best Buy, while offering more than 180 retail shops, including Apple.  Crossgates offers 10 entertainment venues and over 20 on-site eateries, such as Dave & Buster’s, Get Air, Billy Beez, Apex Entertainment, The Standard Restaurant & Lounge, Maggie McFly’s and Regal Cinemas with IMAX. Or simply relax at our award-winning day spa, Spa Mirbeau. Located adjacent to a dual-branded 192-room Homewood Suites and Tru by Hilton hotel, Crossgates is your destination to EAT. SHOP. PLAY. STAY.  Additional information regarding Crossgates can be found at shopcrossgates.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


About Pyramid Management Group, LLC:

Pyramid Management Group, owner of Crossgates, is one of the largest, most innovative, privately-held real estate developers in the northeast. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, Pyramid’s portfolio of dynamic shopping, dining and entertainment destinations and expanding hospitality presence dominates the northeast with 14 properties located throughout New York and Massachusetts. For nearly 50 years, Pyramid has built its reputation on being first, fast, ahead of the curve and always what’s next, leading the industry in combining the best elements of traditional retail with world-class dining and entertainment, all under one roof. For more information, visit www.pyramidmg.com.