2016 iaedp™ Symposium Announces Entries for the Imagine Me Art Competition

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The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) announces the 2016 entries in the 6th annual “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” body image mannequin art competition, sponsored by ASCENDchc. From the 15 entries submitted, the top five finalists will be showcased and the winner revealed at the 30th annual iaedp Symposium, February 17 – 22, at the Omni on Amelia Island in Florida.

The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) announces the 2016 entries in the 6th annual “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” body image mannequin art competition, sponsored by ASCENDchc. From the 15 entries submitted, the top five finalists will be showcased and the winner revealed at the 30th annual iaedp Symposium, February 17 – 22, at the Omni on Amelia Island in Florida.

Entries include mannequins created in collaboration between clients, residents, counselors and art therapists from treatment centers, both residential and outpatient, hospital, and private practice. The mixed-medium works are judged on clarity of theme, creativity and originality, quality of composition and design and the overall impression and presentation of the artwork. The 2016 judges include Michelle Dean, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, CG, Board Certified Art Psychotherapist and Professional Member of American Art Therapy Association; Fritz Liedtke, photographic and fine artist; Leigh Cohn, MAT, CEDS, author, artist and owner of Gurze Books; and Carol Dietrich, RN, MA, LMFT, RDT, individual and family therapist.

“The diverse and creative responses to this year’s challenge were inspiring, and we appreciate the artists’ efforts to push the boundaries of form, structure, and identity through their visual representations,” said judge, Michelle Dean. “The artists’ descriptions communicate powerful themes. We wish the courageous individuals who participated in this project, and those who are not yet on their journey, the strength and fortitude to claim their path of recovery.”

The entries for the 2016 Imagine Me art competition are:
Light by Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
The Ties that Bind by Center for Discovery in Freemont, California
Calypso by Veritas Collaborative in Durham, North Carolina
Would You Judge Me if I Were a Tree by LaVentana Treatment Programs in Encino, California
Legends of Phoenix by LaVentana Treatment Programs in Santa Monica, California
Reflections of a Man-Akin by LaVentana Treatment Programs in Kalinda-Thousand Oaks, California
The Hero’s Journey by LaVentana Treatment Programs in Santa Barbara, California
Kaleidoscope Divided by LaVentana Treatment Programs in Westlake Village, California
Balance Embodied by Rogers Memorial Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin
Nothing into Something by Fairhaven Treatment Center in Cordova, Tennessee
Anam Cara, Soul Friend (Rowan) by Inner Journey Group with Laura Riss, PsyD in Duluth, Georgia
Do You See Me, or a Reflection of Who You Want Me to Be? by Shoreline Eating Disorders Treatment Center in Long Beach, California
Relieve Me of the Bondage of Self by Willow Place for Women in Asheville, North Carolina
Coming Out of ED’s Closet by Eating Disorder Treatment Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico
There Is No Mass Produced Human by Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado

Imagine Me Beyond What You See Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, February 18 during iaedp’s Opening Night events at the 2016 Symposium. The evening begins with iaedp’s signature International Flag Procession, spotlighting the International and United States Chapter Delegations. The Imagine Me Awards presentation will include the Professionals’ Choice Award, voted on by iaedp membership, 2016 Symposium attendees and the general public.

View photos and descriptions of all the entries at http://www.iaedp.com/ImagineMe.htm. Registration for the 2016 iaedp Symposium can be found at http://www.iaedp.com.

About iaedp: Since 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals has provided education and training standards to an international and multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions.

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