PIQUA — The Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services is seeking entries from local artists for its annual Art of Recovery showcase, as well as a juried gallery exhibit to be displayed in the Art Gallery at Edison State Community College in Piqua throughout the month of October.
Artists who have been affected personally, through a family member or friend, or anyone whose art reflects recovery from mental illness or addiction are invited to participate. Artists display works ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture, mixed media, crafts, photography and poetry. Artists typically reside in Darke, Miami and Shelby counties, although submissions from other counties are welcomed. Many use their art to express personal journeys with recovery from mental illness and addiction, while others have been touched as family members, friends, advocates and service providers.
Select Art of Recovery works will be displayed in the Myers-Vaccaro Gallery, East Hall, Edison State Community College, Piqua, from October 3-28. To be considered for the juried exhibit, artwork (photos of large pieces are acceptable) must be submitted to the Tri-County Board by Sept. 16. Artists must submit an entry form for each piece to be considered. An artist’s statement must accompany each piece describing how the piece represents wellness, mental health or addiction recovery. Pieces may be representational or metaphorical, and do not need to be biographical in nature. All pieces selected for the Gallery Exhibit must be made available for display from Oct. 3-28.
“We are very excited that we are able to again partner with Edison Community College for the October gallery exhibit,” said Brad Reed, Director of Community Resource Development for the Tri-County Board. “Last year was the first time for the gallery, and the response was overwhelming. For the first time we were able to have art on display for an extended time. I can’t count the number of comments and compliments we received. Many people would return to the gallery time and time again to sit, absorb the artwork, and contemplate on its meaning.”
Reed said that artworks submitted for the gallery exhibit will be juried and selected works will be on display for the month. Some of the pieces, with the artists’ permission, may be sent to smaller traveling exhibits at locations throughout Darke, Miami and Shelby counties for several months. “It’s a great way to share the amazing artwork to a broader audience, and to promote the message of recovery and overcoming challenges of mental illness and addiction,” Reed said. “Two of the large mixed media works from the 2015 exhibit are still on display at the Sidney Police Department outside their training room.”
For consideration for the juried gallery exhibit, artwork and an accompanying submission form must be received by the Tri-County Board no later than Sept. 16. The form and additional details are available at the Tri-County Board’s website, tcbmds.org/art.
To be displayed in the open Showcase Wednesday, Oct. 19, artwork and submission forms must be received by Oct. 10.
Art may be in any medium, including but not limited to painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, needlework, crafts, instrumental music, poetry and mixed media. Artists may submit more than one piece for submission, and may elect to remain anonymous at the showcase. There is no fee to enter, and no prizes are awarded. For the gallery exhibit, three ribbons will be awarded. Best in Show will be determined by the judges, People’s Choice will be awarded based on popular vote, and the Director’s Award will be selected by Tri-County Board staff for the piece that best exemplifies wellness and recovery.
The Art of Recovery showcase aims to increase public awareness of mental illness and addiction issues in an effort to fight the stigma that so often accompanies these diseases.
The Showcase and reception will be open to the public Oct. 19 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in the Art Gallery and adjacent lounge at Edison State Community College in Piqua. A brief award presentation will also take place.
For more information, visit the Tri-County Board’s website or contact Reed at ReedB@tcbmds.org or 937-335-7727 ext 209.