1995 — PresentFor four years Hilgos, an artist with Alzheimer’s, and Jenny Gräf Sheppard worked together to investigate ways in which the self could be tapped through creative activity. Gräf’s MFA thesis drew from this interaction and resulted in numerous shows with Hilgos in Chicago and New York. Together with Hilgos’ daughter they founded The Hilgos Foundation which awards scholarships to young artists for intergenerational creative collaborations.
I Remember Better When I Paint is a documentary film, with contributions in research and film by Gräf on the subject of Alzheimer’s and creativity. Gräf also contributed a chapter to the book, I Remember Better When I Paint, that was published by Bethesda Communications Group. See trailer.