2017 iaedp™ Symposium Offers Unique Opportunity for Self-Expression through Art Competition

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The 7th annual “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” body image mannequin art competition will be held during the 2017 iaedp Symposium, March 22-26, at the Green Valley Resort and Spa in Las Vegas.

“The diverse and creative responses to each year’s challenge are deeply inspiring,” says Blanche Williams, MS and Assistant Managing Director at the iaedp Foundation. “

It has long been recognized that inhibiting the expression of emotions has a negative impact on both physical and psychological health. In fact, studies have shown that emotional repression is linked to higher reports of medical problems such as eating disorders. Through the unique art competition that is sponsored annually by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp), artists are offered the opportunity to freely express body image by pushing the boundaries of form, structure and identity through their visual representations.

The 7th annual “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” body image mannequin art competition will be held during the 2017 iaedp Symposium, March 22-26, at the Green Valley Resort and Spa in Las Vegas. During the Symposium, the top five art finalists are showcased and the winner is revealed. Entries will be accepted through January15, 2017.

“Imagine Me Beyond What You See” originally was designed to promote a healthy awareness and acceptance of body images. That focus has been nurtured over the 7-year span that the special art competition has been conducted. The mannequin art contest is open to everyone; however, iaedp asks treatment centers and private practices with art therapists to work with patients to provide entries. Mannequins can be purchased online. They can be male or female forms and are available in different body shapes and sizes.

Mixed media also can be used. Entries must include a 300-word description of the artist’s work along with a short description of the biography of the artist or group. A list of materials also must be provided as well as photos of the artwork in at least 4 different angles. Not only is the winner spotlighted at iaedp's annual Symposium, the artist also receives a financial award and has his or her photographic artwork featured in iaedp promotional mailings for a year.                                                     

“The diverse and creative responses to each year’s challenge are deeply inspiring,” says Blanche Williams, MS and Assistant Managing Director at the iaedp Foundation. “The artists’ descriptions communicate powerful themes and reveal courageous individuals.”

The lead sponsorship for the 2017 “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” is still open for companies who are interested in helping to support the Body Image Mannequin Competition. For more details contact blanche(at)iaedp(dot)com.

The Imagine Me Beyond What You See Awards Ceremony is scheduled for one of the program evenings during opening night at the 2017 iaedp Symposium. The awards presentation will include the Professionals’ Choice Award, which is selected through voting by iaedp membership, 2017 Symposium attendees and the general public.

Past year Imagine Me entries and winners can be seen by visiting: http://www.iaedp.com/ImagineMe.htm. For additional information about the Imagine Me art competition, including how to enter, contact: Blanche(at)iaedp(dot)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. Registration for the 2017 iaedp Symposium can be found at http://www.iaedp.com.

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