Creativity and the Bipolar Brain

Erasing the Stigma

Quest for the Test

Unlocking the secrets of the brain

Our Mission

The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation is dedicated to fostering awareness, understanding and research for Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder. The Foundation is on a QUEST FOR THE TEST™ to find an empirical, biomarker test for Bipolar Disorder so that early detection and early intervention become a reality.

Ryan's Story

The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation was founded in memory of Ryan Licht Sang who passed away at the age of 24. Ryan had Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder — a serious medical illness of the brain that manifests itself with recurring episodes of mania and depression. At the time of his death, he was in the most productive and promising phase of his life.

Ryan Licht Sang - artist, writer, musician 1979-2004

The Creativity and Stigma of Bipolar Disorder

STIGMA - Through the Eyes of A Bipolar Artist by INSIGHTS IV Grantee artist David Feingold, Ed.D., LCSW with Rebecca K. Buchalter, B.A. A thoughtful insight into the mind of an artist with bipolar disorder  accompanied by his stunning digital art. Available at no charge as a Flip Book here.

A Memoir of Bipolar Disorder


Nobody Believes Crazy is an authentic memoir of Bipolar Disorder by a millennial who tears down the barriers to understanding the mania, the depression and the stigma with his true story.


Margaret Trudeau

Margaret Trudeau, Canadian icon, author and mother of Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, spoke at the Foundation's 2020 Palm Beach Bipolar Medical Briefing Luncheon about her life having Bipolar Disorder and the impact that it had on her family, her friends and her community.

Bipolar Awareness Ribbon

The Bipolar Awareness Ribbon is the symbol for The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation. The black and white colors of the Bipolar Awareness Ribbon represent the opposite poles of depression and mania associated with Bipolar Disorder. The Ribbon was designed for the Foundation by Ryan's mother.

Butterfly Bipolar Awareness Pin

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INSIGHTS Art Competitions and Exhibitions

The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation hosts a Juried Art Competition and Exhibition entitled INSIGHTS. The Exhibitions are designed to highlight the "creativity of artists with Bipolar Disorder" and the artworks in the Exhibitions were chosen by a jury of art collectors, gallerists and artists after a national competition. 

The INSIGHTS II Juried Art Exhibition was held at the Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL, from May 31-June 2, 2018.

The INSIGHTS III Juried Art Exhibition was held at the Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL, from October 24-26, 2019.

The INSIGHTS IV Juried Art Exhibition, limited to Self-Portraits, was held after the pandemic at the Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL, from October 21-24, 2021, and was held at the Surovek Gallery, Palm Beach, FL, from April 12-30, 2022.

The INSIGHTS V Juried Art Exhibition was held at the Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL, from October 27-29, 2022, and will be held at the Surovek Gallery, Palm Beach, FL, from January 17-February 4, 2023.

The INSIGHTS VI Juried Art Competition opened on November 30, 2022, and will close on February 28, 2023. Submissions are limited to "What It Feels Like To Have Bipolar Disorder." The Submission period is now closed.


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