"Lotus Pond" by Janet Lee

"One artist in particular stood out in the crowd, Janet Lee. Her mother told me Janet’s epilepsy keeps her from creating fine details in her paintings; nevertheless I was amazed at the beauty in her work."
- Ryan Brown, 2014 Recap

Hidden Truths, The Mind Unraveled is presented by the Hidden Truths Project in collaboration with the Epilepsy Foundation as an annual fundraiser supporting translational research in epilepsy. This celebration of the arts is designed to showcase the work of artists with epilepsy.


This year, our fourth annual Hidden Truths, The Mind Unraveled fundraiser took place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Gray Matter Museum of Art in Costa Mesa, CA. The art show maintains the spirit of celebration in support of the amazing group of participating artists who live with epilepsy. Art provides the educational tool, enhancing societal awareness of this condition. Art speaks a universal language to allow a dialog between the artist and the observer revealing the hidden truths about epilepsy.

Thanks to the participation of talented artists, Hidden Truths, The Mind Unraveled is now a global movement. Last year 133 artists from around the world living with epilepsy submitted work. Malaysia, Australia, Greece, Uganda, the UK, Canada, Ireland, and the U.S. were among those countries represented. This annual event supports translational research in epilepsy. More than 150 donors and guests joined us last year, including members of the local and greater Southern California communities, as well as friends and artists with epilepsy from throughout the U.S. and abroad.

This year's honoree was Jim Abrahams, Founder and Executive Director of the Charlie Foundation, and our partner in forming the Epilepsy Foundation Wellness Institute. Our previous honorees include Dr. Steven Schachter, Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Dr. Christopher De Giorgio, Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology.

“This is a true honor for me. I’ve been so moved by the artists, their works, and the overall message presented at Hidden Truths in the past.” – Jim Abrahams

Thanks to Our Sponsors and Partners

Juried Awards Sponsors

Gray Matter Museum of Art
The Event Loft

Exhibit Sponsor

Memorial Care Medical Group

Supporting Sponsor

  • Lisa Gordon

Art Lover Sponsors

  • Suzi and Allen Duemey

Bronze Sponsor

Hoag Neurosciences Institute


Event Partners

Carley Eissman Foundation
Charlie Foundation Logo
The Kant Institute
Mateo Blu
Thompkin Cellars
Persatuan Epilepsi Malaysia


About Grey Matter Museum of Art

Gray matter, the part of the cerebral cortex responsible for perception, emotions, memory, decision-making, higher cognitive function, now afflicted by a state of discord reflected through the art. Art becoming the visual representation of subconscious experiences defying words or conventional understanding.

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