2018 iaedp™ Symposium Offers Unique Opportunity for Self-Expression through Art Competition

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Through an art competition sponsored annually by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp™), artists are given the opportunity to freely express body image by pushing the boundaries of form, structure and identity through their visual representations.

Over the years, studies have revealed that emotional repression is linked to higher reports of medical challenges such as eating disorders. Through an art competition sponsored annually by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp™), artists are given the opportunity to freely express body image by pushing the boundaries of form, structure and identity through their visual representations.

That opportunity is the “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” body image mannequin art competition, held during the annual iaedp™ Symposium. This year’s conference is slated for March 22-25, at the Omni at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida. During the 2018 Symposium, the top five art finalists are showcased and the winner is revealed. Entries will be accepted through December 15, 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 8-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. Photos of the artwork at four different angles and a list of materials used also is required. The winner is spotlighted at iaedp’s™ annual Symposium, 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’ allow outsiders to look inside their emotional selves. Each contest entry communicates powerful themes and reveals courageous individuals.”

The lead sponsorship for the 2018 “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@iaedp.com.

The “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” awards ceremony, scheduled for a program evening during the 2018 iaedp™ Symposium, will include the Professionals’ Choice Award, which is selected through voting by iaedp™ membership, 2018 Symposium attendees and the general public.

For additional information about the Imagine Me art competition, including how to enter, contact Blanche(at)iaedp(dot)com.

About the iaedp™ Foundation: 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. The iaedp™ Foundation proudly announces the supporting sponsors for the 2018 iaedp™ Symposium:
Silver and Event Sponsor: Avalon Hills
Bronze Sponsor: Breathe Life Healing Centers
Bronze Sponsor: Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Centers
Bronze Sponsor: Fairwinds Treatment Center

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