Art of Recovery 2021: Emergence
The COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020-21 has altered our lives in uncountable ways. It changed how we presented Art of Recovery in 2020. The Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services presents its Annual Art of Recovery exhibition of paintings, drawings, photography, poetry and music from our local mental health and recovery system in conjunction with the Tri-County Board's Annual Meeting in October. Art from the 2021 Emergence and select works from the 2020 exhibit Coping With COVID are on display in the Art Gallery on Edison State Community College's campus through October 27, 2021.
It is in this spirit that the 2021 Art of Recovery has the theme of "Emergence." Art may depict or be inspired by the emergence from lockdown conditions, from the specter of pandemic, or from a more personal perspective of emergence from addiction or from mental health crisis.
2021 Art of Recovery Awards
We congratulate all the winners and thank everyone who entered artwork, who viewed the gallery at Edison State or online, and who voted for their favorites. We also thank Edison State Community College for their generous use of the Art Gallery, and Susan Caudill, Interactive Media instructor at Upper Valley Career Center, for inviting us to speak to her students about resilience and mental wellness.
Best of Show
For artistic merit, with input from the Fine Arts faculty at Edison State Community College
Several entries were pointed out for excellence in artistic merit. The 2021 Best of Show Award goes to “Waiting for the Right Time,” a multimedia work by Pat Acker.
Based on online voting
Through an online form, viewers could vote for up to three works. Total votes were tallied. 48 ballots were cast with 117 total votes. 35 entries received at least 1 vote. With 15 votes, the 2021 People’s Choice Award goes to Missy Hines for her drawing “Boiling Point.”
The Directors’ Choice is selected by the directors of the Tri-County Board as the piece that best exemplifies resilience and recovery. The Directors’ Choice art will be used in promotional materials for the 2022 Art of Recovery exhibit.
While quite a few entries depicted aspects of recovery and resilience, one work did so in a unique and creatively-executed manner. The focus of the work is on celebrating individuality, the uniqueness of personal expression, and positive self-esteem and hopeful outlook. The 2021 Directors’ Choice Award goes to Taylor Cooper, a student at Upper Valley Career Center in the Interactive Media program, for her painting “New Color.”
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Upper Valley Career Center Interactive Media Student Art
Students in Susan Caudill's Interactive Media Program at Upper Valley Career Center use the them of Resilience and the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents as prompts for digital media and graphics projects.