Annual iaedp™ “Imagine Me” Art Competition Offers Rare Chance to Showcase the Emotional Struggle of Eating Disorders

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For a disease whose sufferers often hide behind shame and struggle, the annual “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” Body Image Mannequin Art Competition highlights both the creative expression and the emotion often felt by those who understand what having an eating disorder is all about. In its eighth year, the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Foundation (iaedp™) announces the final entries for the 2018 “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” Body Image Mannequin Art Competition.

For a disease whose sufferers often hide behind shame and struggle, the annual “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” Body Image Mannequin Art Competition highlights both the creative expression and the emotion often felt by those who understand what having an eating disorder is all about. In its eighth year, the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Foundation (iaedp™) announces the final entries for the 2018 “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” Body Image Mannequin Art Competition.

Created in 2010 as a key highlight of iaedp’s™ annual Symposium, the competition is designed to promote healthy awareness and acceptance of body images, using mannequins as a unique and realistic palette for artistic expression. The winning mannequin entries will be announced at the 2018 iaedp™ Symposium in Orlando during March 22 – 25.

"This unique art competition encourages eating disorder treatment centers, art therapists, clients, therapy groups and the general public to reflect on the perception of beauty and then design mannequin-based artworks that challenge audiences to look and see beyond the purely physical,” says iaedp™ Foundation's Imagine Me Coordinator, Blanche Williams.” The mannequin artwork tells an individual or collective story about how those in treatment reflected upon or rediscovered their feelings about authentic beauty.”

The competition solidifies iaedp’s™ reputation for a standard of excellence in eating disorder education. Entries are judged on clarity of theme, creativity and originality, quality of composition and design and the overall impression and presentation. Mixed mediums may be used on the mannequin.

“The highly creative approach employed by each and every competing entry is what sets this art competition apart in our field,” adds Bonnie Harken, iaedp’s Managing Director.

The mannequin entries for the 2018 Imagine Me art competition are:

  • “Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts (Ophelia)” by Kaiser Permanente, Atlanta, GA
  • “Blooming Inflorescence” by La Ventana Treatment PHP, Westlake Village, CA
  • “Silent Scream” by Eating Disorders Treatment Center, Albuquerque, NM
  • “Breaking Barriers” by Liberation Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • “Tammy, the Artist Formerly Known as Mother Nature” by La Ventana Treatment Center, Santa Barbara, CA
  • “Headlines” by Judith Shaw, St. Louis, MO
  • “Incomplete: A Duality” by La Ventana Treatment Center, Thousand Oaks, CA
  • “Coraline: The Process of Transformation” by La Ventana Treatment Center, Thousand Oaks, CA
  • “Split Reflections” by Dominion Hospital Reflections Unit, Falls Church, VA
  • “Life Intertwined” by Veritas Collaborative, Durham, NC
  • “Brick by Brick” by Rogers Behavioral Health FOCUS Adult Residential Program, Oconomowoc, WI
  • “My Brain as a Body” by Veritas Collaborative, Richmond, VA
  • “Art, the Black Light Mannequin” by Center for Discovery, Beverly Hills, CA
  • “Fragments to Making a Stepping Stone” by Under The Umbrella LLC, Bloomington, IN
  • “The stories I write” by Eating Recovery Center, Denver, CO

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 Presidents Council provides leadership to the organization and includes: Center for Change; Eating Recovery Center; Green Mountain at Fox Run; Laureate Eating Disorders Program; La Ventana Treatment Programs; McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers; Monte Nido & Affiliates; Pine Grove Women's Center; Remuda Ranch at the Meadows; Rogers Behavioral Health; Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders; Selah House; The Renfrew Center; Timberline Knolls; and Veritas Collaborative.

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
Bronze Sponsor: Pine Grove’s Women’s Center

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