Last Update: June 5, 2013
Welcome to the Addiction and Art Website
This web site continues the Addiction and Art project started by the former Innovators Combating Substance Abuse, a National Program Office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Also, inspiration for the site comes from the book, Addiction and Art by Patricia B. Santora, Margaret L. Dowell and Jack E. Henningfield (2010, The Johns Hopkins University Press).
The Johns Hopkins University Press has issued a discount for purchase of the Book.
Addiction Art Concept. Recent scientific findings have proven addiction to be a disease of the brain, affecting both brain and behavior. Addiction Art has the potential to take this message to the masses, most of whom still consider addiction to be a "weakness" or "moral failing" worthy of punishment. It can convey the human experience of addiction in a way that can help the general public understand addiction as a preventable and treatable chronic disease. Artworks about addiction and recovery can stimulate dialogue, can teach, and at this crucial point in history, can support contemporary scientific research for our world's well-being.
Addiction Art Downloads. This site provides free images for download relating to addiction and recovery. These works are available for use by schools, drug treatment centers, community organizations, addiction science professionals, medical professionals and the general public. These images are generously donated by artists to be shared for the good of mankind.
Addiction Art Exhibitions. Over the past several years Addiction and Art Exhibitions have been held at both professional substance abuse conferences and in local communities. All of these exhibitions have been enormously well received and extremely successful. This site exists to promote the continuation of the Addiction and Art project through the sharing of past exhibitions, providing guidelines for future ones, and offering opportunities for communication and networking.
RECENT NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Addiction and Art artwork, "Decisions" by Valerie Patterson used by website Smart Recovery. Read More
A new Partner joins Addiction and Art: AllTreatment.com HERE.
"The Art of Recovery" Article in Highway to Justice Publication. Read More
Artist Richard Paul Smith adds new work to his contribution on our Download Gallery.
Image Downloads and
The image at the right is only one of several addiction recovery images that are available from our download gallery. The artists have also provided their thoughts about what the art means to them.
4210 Images have been downloaded since January 1, 2011.
New Artists Join the Gallery:
- Richard Paul Smith (additional artwork) (4/26/2013)
- Vicky Lynn Rae (4/23/2013)
- Will BooBerry (4/16/2013)
- Michael Little (2/22/2013)
If you are an artist and would like to donate images to our download program, cllick this link to our image submission page.
Another Art Recovery Story
Nancy Guppy, Host/Producer of "Art Zone" - a Seattle Channel Series presents a marvelous segment on artist Kelly Lyles. Lyles is a representational painter and car artist who has been in recovery for 25 years. This video gives a glimpse into her artworks about the 12 steps and her current series, Candy Land, which addresses a candy addiction. We are honored to post this video to introduce our visitors to the positive, funny and joyful spirit that is the productive artist, Kelly Lyles!
Kelly Lyles' work in the addictionandart download gallery HERE
Our thanks to Seattle Channel(cable 21) and Nancy Guppy for sharing this video.
News and Announcements
Included in Article at
The above Addiction and Art artwork, "Decisions" by Valerie Patterson, was used in a guest post on Smart Recovery, a website supporting addiction recovery efforts. The post, "A Colorful Approach to Addiction Recovery: Creative Arts Therapy" was authored by Joshua Gordon, editor at AddictionAndArt.org partner website All Treatment.
The article is HERE.
is pleased to announce a new partner
All Treatment (www.alltreatment.com) is an experienced, independent team of software editors and Internet search executives now passionately pursuing ways to make treatment and recovery more accessible to anyone struggling with addiction. Based in Seattle, the team is fully committed to helping individuals and families find useful, relevant, and trusted information on addiction and addiction recovery on the Internet. They frequently interview industry professionals, feature addiction stories and run an active blog.
*Editors note: Fueled by passion, this pro-active team has put together a comprehensive list of important resources for any population seeking addiction/recovery information. We are pleased to add All Treatment to our Partners Page
The Art of Recovery
Highway to Justice publication
The Spring 2013 issue of Highway to Justice includes an article, The Art of Recovery, directly related to the Addiction and Art concept. Highway to Justice is a publication of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Art of Recovery was authored by the Hon. Harvey J. Hoffman. In the article Judge Hoffman describes his decision to use art from www.addictionandart.org as a tool in his Michigan drug court and cites successful results! Bravo Judge Hoffman! You can find the article at the following link, scroll down to page 6 once it opens.
Download Gallery Artwork on Conference Flier
Artworks from our download gallery continue to be utilized around the world. (Thank you Addiction and Art Artists!!!) For example; the Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society features "Dezire" by download artist Sakhal Star on the front of their Spring 2013 Conference Flier. You can see the flier and read more about the Society here (http://www.magps.org/conferences/archive/2013%20spring/S13Brochure.pdf).
NIDA Request for Information (RFI)
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), would like to draw your attention to a recent Request for Information (RFI) seeking comments on the research and information needed to support the widespread use of evidence-based drug abuse treatment interventions and practices: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-DA-13-014.html.
This RFI is soliciting input from a variety of key stakeholders to assist NIDA in setting research priorities to enhance the dissemination, implementation, and adoption of evidence-based practices and principles to treat persons with substance use disorders. Specifically, NIDA is seeking input about the types of research and information needed by practitioners and administrators serving individuals with substance use disorders, including those working in general medical and primary care; infectious disease (e.g., HIV and HCV); criminal justice; and specialty care substance abuse and mental health settings.
NIDA hopes to gain a better understanding of how evidence-based substance abuse and addiction treatment services can be better used by those who need them, particularly in the context of health care reform, which stands to broaden access.
All comments should be submitted electronically to: Matthew.Finger@nih.gov no later than March 30, 2013.
It is with sadness that the team behind www.addictionandart.org acknowledges the passing of C. Everett Koop. Dr. Koop, former US Surgeon General (1981-1989), was a strong supporter of the Addiction and Art concept and served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Addiction and Art book (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). During the height of the AIDS epidemic Dr. Koop stood firm, asking Americans to "fight the disease and not those who have it". We honor his memory by encouraging the visitors to our site to "fight substance abuse and not those who are addicted". Thank you, Dr. Koop, for your strength, perseverance and wisdom!
New Artworks by Kevin Grass Added To Download Gallery
Master Painter Kevin Grass has submitted 2 new artworks to our download gallery. His wildly popular work, "Inheritance" is now joined by "When Good People Do Bad Things" (addressing the horrific trauma of self abuse) and " Consequences" (addressing the enormous impact of substance abuse on loved ones). .
See his work HERE.
Grass has his finger on the pulse of the problem and he utilizes his skill/talent to give his insights form. Bravo Kevin - the world needs these important images! -Margaret Dowell Ph.D, Editor (2/14/2013)
National Drug Facts Week
National Drug Facts Week 2013 kicks off Monday, January 28, 2013.
For the first time this year, there are National Drug Facts Week events in EVERY state in the U.S. and nearly 500 events (and counting). Thanks in advance for your help with what is already the biggest and best National Drug Facts Week to date!
Everybody is not doing it! Get the Drug Facts: http://drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov
We're joining National Drug Facts Week to shatter the myths about drug abuse. Share this post to join in too!
National Drug Facts Week 2013 runs January 28 - February 3, 2013. Go to http://drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov to find events near you!
Shatter the Myths about drug abuse with the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s National Drug Facts Week: http://bit.ly/cdg1yt
"Inheritance" by Kevin Grass now in COLOR
"Inheritance", the popular work depicting generational addiction by Kevin Grass is now available to the world in color. Both the black and white and color versions are poignant, technically sound and more than powerful. With these works Grass has visually nailed generational addiction - allowing viewers to "get" the message with just one simple glance. The team at www.addictionandart.org is honored to present this new work by a contemporary master painter. (Note: follow us on facebook for updates on new works coming by Kevin Grass!) -Margaret Dowell, Ph.D., editor.
See his work HERE.
One of the defining characteristics of manhood in my Midwestern family is the ability to drink a lot of beer. This has, not surprisingly, lead to a great deal of substance abuse which adversely affected the health and life span of several of the men in my family. In this drawing, the previous generations are placed in tombs above me to show how their behavior is pressing down like a heavy weight upon the current generation. Though I was a heavy drinker in high school and college, I began to realize that alcohol was getting in the way of my true addiction - making art. So I guess that you could say that I was able to replace the drinking with a healthy, more socially acceptable "addiction". - Kevin Grass - www.kevingrass.com
Kane County Drug Rehabilitation Court
Holds 2nd Annual Art and Writing Extravaganza
Drug Court Participants
The show was held on November 14, 2012 at
the Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room in
Saint Charles, IL.
Carrie Thomas, Coordinator, reports "The show was a great success and people were super inspired!"
She also sent a copy of the artwork (Below) described in a Kane County Cronicle News Article covering the show.
The artwork (above) is by Mr. Greg Grooms. l the title is "Everytime I use... I break out in handcuffs!".
More Information is provided in addictionandart.org shows web page HERE(11/8/2012)
AddictionAndArt.Org welcomes a new partner:
Three Santa Barbara parents founded SafeLaunch in 2010. The SafeLaunch mission is to prevent addiction by raising awareness that 6 out of 10 adolescents are susceptible to the disease of addiction when exposed. Data indicates that 90% of addiction begins in the teen years and that only 10% of addicts are able to maintain sobriety without relapse.
Based on this, SafeLaunch supporters believe:
- that prevention is an action and that the time to act is now.
- in the power of the creative student voice to spread this message.
- that incentives are more effective than punishment for changing attitudes and behavior. art
- has the power to transform lives.
Safely launching students takes a team of support. If you would like to be a part of our team, please go to www.safelaunch.org.
In May 2012 SafeLaunch sponsored an "Addiction and Hope" Art Show. Click this link to view a video report.
To download a PDF with information about SafeLaunch click HERE.
AddictionAndArt.org welcomes SafeLaunch to the battle against Addiction.
Addiction and Art Show at IntNSA Conference a Success!
October 12, 2012: A full report about the show
has been added to the
An Addiction and Art Exhibition was held during the Annual Education Conference of the International Nurses Society on Addiction (September 5-8, Madison Hotel, Washington, DC). Pictured above (left to right) are Elizabeth Pace, IntNSA Treasurer; Colleen Corte, IntNSA Conference Chair, Margaret Dowell, Editor: www.AddictionAndArt.org; Deb Finnell, IntNSA President and Don Dunsmore, Webmaster: www.AddictionandArt.org More information about IntNSA and the conference may be found here: www.intnsa.org
Conference attendees voted for their favorite artworks. Standing, starting 2nd from the left - Gloria Valdes (tied- 3rd prize), Margaret Dowell (Show curator), Sonia Gadra (1st prize), Karen Swenholt (tied - 3rd prize) and Erich March (2nd prize).
"Art Uniting People"
Alexandria, Virginia's Mental Health Anti-Stigma Campaign included the 2012 Art Exhibit "Art Uniting People: A Celebration of Creativity and Mental Health". The exhibition opened on May 10, 2012 with several hundred people in attendance. Guest speaker for the event was Dr. Margaret Dowell, www.AddictionAndArt.Org Editor. The purpose of the exhibition was to provide the opportunity to use art as a form of expression in order to engage the Alexandria community in conversation about mental health issues, including substance abuse. Artists were invited to submit art work and share the inspiration behind their art pieces and some of their personal stories to create a powerful and unique viewing experience for visitors to the exhibition.
The Lee Center is located at 1108 Jefferson Street in Alexandria, VA, The exhibition runs through September 1, 2012.
Metapsychology Online Reviews
Addiction and Art Book
Review by Christian Perring
Feb 28th 2012 (Volume 16, Issue 9)
We are proud to report that the Metapsychology Online Reviews website, which concentrates on reviewing books related to behavioral healthcare, is featuring a review of the book, Addiction and Art.
The review, written by Christian Perring, Professor of Philosophy, Dowling College, New York, opens with the content and purpose of the book. Professor Perring goes on to also discuss the relationship and interplay between Addiction and Art, the book, and the Addiction and Art website.
To see his report in it's entirety, click on the link: http://metapsychology.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=book&id=6425&cn=166.
Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals Annual Conference Presents:
The Art of Recovery
Kellogg Conference Center, East Lansing, Michigan
March 13 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Plenary Session: The Art of Recovery: The Role of the Arts in Accomplishing Long Term Recovery, Dr. Jack Henningfield, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Dr. Margaret Dowell, PhD, College of Southern MD.
This session will address the most recent research on drug abuse and addiction with illustrations and insights from artists, to show how art can compliment science in more fully understanding the human dimensions of addiction and the struggles of those so afflicted. The emerging role of art as a powerful force in fostering an environment and society more supportive of recovery will be addressed. An artist’s perspective on the challenges and opportunities of using art as both a tool to understand addiction as well as a beautiful and uplifting process in its own right will be presented along with highlights of nationwide efforts and sample techniques on utilizing art in meaningful dialogue about addiction and recovery.
More conference Information: http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/default.aspx?EventID=959731
On March 13, 2012 Dr Jack Henningfield and Dr. Margaret Dowell delivered the Plenary address to over 600 conference attendees. Feedback from the conferees was positive.
(in photo left to right) Jack Henningfield, PhD (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine), Judge Michael J. Haley (Sobriety Court and Former President, Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals) and Margaret Dowell, PhD (College of Southern Maryland).
Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals
Publishes Conference Video Report and Photo Report
Including the Addiction and Art Plenary Address
by Dr Jack Henningfield and Dr Margaret Dowell
Link to the Conference Web page and the Henningfield/Dowell Addiction and Art Video:
(Third video on the page)
Addiction and Art Topic
presented at this year's
National Art Education Association's National Convention
New York City
March 3, 2012
Margaret Dowell, PhD (College of Southern Maryland), Amanda Alders, MS (Florida State University), and Viki Wylder, PhD (Florida State University) at the National Art Education Association's National Convention in New York City, March 3, 2012.
The team presented "Art and Addiction: A Curriculum for Appropriately Addressing Addiction Through Art" to 50 art educators. They also discussed how addiction and art theme exhibitions can help to create personal and community dialog about addiction. Information about the Curriculum Guidelines (K-12) can be obtained at curriculum.html.
Presentations by Dowell, Alders and Wylder included:
- Key Points:
- - Addiction And Art Concept
- - Development of a K-12 Curriculum Guidebook
- - Exhibitions about Addiction and Art
- Theoretical Underpinnings:
- - Art to communicate/facilitate education of addiction
- - Social change and real-world art education approach
- - Supplements for Red Ribbon Week/DARE Program
Addiction Related Work reviewed in December, 2011
issue of American Contemporary Art Magazine
An addiction related artwork was recently reviewed in American Contemporary Art Magazine as part of an article by F. Lennox Campello about the Washington DC art scene. "The Sidi Flowchart" by Dr Margaret Dowell (our www.AddictionAndArt.Org editor) was part of an Addiction and Art show at the Frederick, MD Artomatic this fall. Read the comments from Campello about the Artomatic show and Dowell's work at: http://issuu.com/acamag/docs/aca_dec_2011 (page 16). F. Lennox Campello is an art critic, consultant, dealer, artist and the force behind www.dcartnews.blogspot.com, one of the country's most popular art blogs.
Addiction and Art Show at Frederick Artomatic
is now in our show archives.
Check out images from the show and related items here.
Drug Addiction and Recovery
Tallahassee Community College
Museum of Fine Arts
Tallahassee, Florida, 9/2/2011
Tallahassee Community College joined forces with the Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee during August of 2011 to present an Addiction and Art show. The TCC show was directed towards school age children.
The art exhibition theme is "Drug Addiction and Recovery". The content of the artwork was a narrative of, reflection upon, or expression about some aspect of this theme. Jurors were particularly interested in seeing the human side of addiction and recovery. Artworks were judged based upon how effectively, clearly, and expressively the theme is explored.
PDF Slide Show from 2011 Show
sponsored by Florida State University: (4.6MB)
A promotional Video by Amanda E.M. Alders Ph.D. Candidate
for the Art And Addiction Show at
Tallahassee Community College featuring K-12 students.
addictionandart.org Adds a New Page
Approaches to fight addiction may be different but we feel that, considering its global nature, all efforts to cure it should be supported. With this in mind addictionandart.org has established a "Partners Site Links" page, where we will provide links to other web sites that are in this fight with us.
To start with, we have two sites listed below. If you wish to exchange URLs with us send your URL and Logo to WebMaster@addictionandart.org.
Co-Editors of "Addiction and Art" Book
give lecture on
ART & ADDICTION
at the Maryland Institute College of Art
A lecture by Dr. Jack Henningfield and Dr Patricia Santora on "ART & ADDICTION: Exploring the Power of Art in Recovery" will be presented on Thursday, November 10 at 7:00 P.M. Admission is free and anyone may attend.
Jack Henningfield, Ph.D. and Patricia Santora, Ph.D., leaders in the field of addiction science, will present a lecture on their innovative research that promotes the use of art to compliment addiction science in understanding and treating substance use disorders. In 2010, they joined Dr Margaret Dowell, Ph.D. in co-editing the book "Addiction and Art" published by The Johns Hopkins University Press.
Thursday, November 10, 7:00 P.M.
Falvey Hall, inside the Brown Center at MICA
1301 W. Mt. Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
British Medical Association Honors Addiction and Art Book
with "Highly Commended" Award in the Psychiatry Category
September 14, 2011
The Addiction and Art book (Patricia B. Santora PhD, Margaret L. Dowell PhD, Jack E. Henningfied PhD, The Johns Hopkins University Press) received an award of "Highly Commended" (Psychiatry Category) in the 2011 British Medical Association's Book Awards Ceremony held September 14 in London.
The British Medical Association represents more than two thirds of practicing physicians in the United Kingdom. The association's annual book competition encourages and rewards excellence in medical publishing from around the world.
You can see the other books selected by the BMA here.
addictionandart.org a part of Artomatic@Frederick
Come to the Artomatic@Frederick from September 28 through November 6, 2011 to see hundreds of Art Exhibits, Musical Performances, Theatrical Performances, Film Screenings, Poetry Readings, Open Mic Events, Student Art & Performances, Dance, and much, much more. addictionandart.org will participate in the show with a display of addiction related art. The show will be at 115 E. Church Street, Frederick Maryland (the former FCPS Central Office building).
If you are an artist check out the Artomatic@Frederick website, there may still be room for you.
Click the link for more information about this huge show promoted by artomatic@frederick.
National Drug Facts Week and Addiction Art
National Institute on Drug Abuse
AddictionAndArt.Org supports NIDA's National Drug Facts Week (October 31 - November 6) - a health observance week for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. http://drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov .
AddictionAndArt.Org will post related addiction and art efforts associated with this week's activities. See sample activities here: http://drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov/activities.php Send information/images to email@example.com
Kane County Drug Court
Addiction Art Show and Written Work Extravaganza
September 7, 2011
On September 7, the Juror Lounge at the Kane County Judicial Center (37W777 Route 38, St. Charles, Illinois) was converted into an art gallery and defendants used it to share personal stories through art works and the written word with the community.
For more information on the Addiction and Art show click here
Shatter The Stigma - Now on the Web
A new website: www.shatterthestigma.com has been launched by Barbara Allen. Many of her goals echo ours at AddictionAndArt.Org including stimulating conversations about addiction and recovery.
A riveting group of photographic portraits appear on the site at: http://www.shatterthestigma.com/faces.php
Generating Addiction and Recovery Dialogue
through the Performing Arts
The Addiction Performance Project
at the National Institutes of Health
August 5, 2011
On Friday August 5th the National Institute on Drug Abuse will be hosting actress Debra Winger at the NIH Clinical Center for a performance of The Addiction Performance Project. This unique program is a new NIDA Continuing Medical Education & Continuing Edeucation project designed to address the stigma associated with addiction and to promote a healthy dialogue about integrating brief screening, intervention and referral into healthcare practices. Gil Kerlikowske, the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, will be introducing Ms. Winger and the panelists. The performance will be at the Lipsett Auditorium in the NIH Clinical Center from 10-11 a.m.
To register and for details visit www.drugabuse.gov/nidamed/app.
Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this program should contact Jessica Henry, National Institute on Drug Abuse, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-594-6883, and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339). Requests should be made at least 5 days in advance of the event.
Addiction and Art Book/Artworks featured
at Historic NADCP Conference in Nations Capital
Sample artworks from the book Addiction and Art were featured at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals 17th Annual Drug Training Conference July 17-20, 2011.
Information about the conference is available on the NADCP site: http://www.justiceforvets.org/
TO THE PREVENTION PROMOTERS
Third Annual Addiction and Art Show
Congratulations to Ana Velasquez and the Prevention Promoters at the Latin American Community Center in Wilmington Delaware! Their 3rd Annual Addiction and Art Show held in June at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (DCCA) was a huge success and a 4th show is already in the works for next year! View the slide show of their recent exhibition, here.
The latino news paper "El Tiempo Hispano" (i.e., The Hispanic Times) July 1, 2011 edition featured the ARTADDICTION Show on their front page. You can see it here in Spanish and English.
Share Addiction and Recovery Artworks on AddictionAndArt.org
In America one of every five deaths is related either directly or indirectly to substance abuse (tobacco, alcohol, legal and illegal drugs). Substance abuse is currently our biggest disease - responsible for cancers, strokes, accidents, murders and violence.
AddictionAndArt.org is responding to this urgent public health problem by recruiting artists to share online imagery related to the complexities of Addiction and Recovery. Selected imagery will appear on the site and will be made available to a worldwide audience as downloads for educational/health communication purposes.
Can Art rock the addiction epidemic? Stay tuned.......
This is your invitation to paticipate and share some of your addiction recovery art... Submission Instructions (1/11/2011)
A Page Dedicated to Art Therapy Resources
Addictionandart.org is pleased to announce a new addition to our site "Art Therapy Resources". This page is dedicated to providing links to resources that will help addiction therapists find information about using art in recovery plans.
New Curriculum Guidelines for download
In addition to the guidelines we provide for organizing Addiction and Art shows, addictionandart.org is pleased to announce that a new guideline that provides a unique Curriculum Guide K - 12 for Art Educators and Guidance Counselors is available for download. The title is Art and Addiction: Putting a Human Face on Addiction and Recovery. It is published by the Museum Education Program, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts.
This curriculum guide approaches the subject matter of addiction and art in a way that is adaptable and appropriate for all age groups, from grades K-5 to grades 6 -12. It includes informational articles, lesson plan suggestions, a glossary and sample artworks. The guide is a product of Florida State University and all materials are in accordance with the current Florida Sunshine State Standards. The guide was created to coincide with an Art and Addiction Exhibition at Tallahassee Community College in 2011; however, it's contents may be utilized by schools anywhere, at any time.
The new curriculum guide is available for download on addictionandart.org menu selection "Curriculum Guide" or Click here to open the Curriculum Guidelines Page.
Amanda Alders about
Art shows and addiction
April 6, 2011
AMANDA ALDERS: "I notice an universal interest and support in addiction recovery. Addiction is an unfortunate reality that affects every family on some level. My involvement with the Art & Addiction effort has convinced me that there is not a single person out there who has not, in some way, been affected by addiction. Friends suffer addiction; Moms and Dads suffer addiction; Children suffer addiction; Professionals, immigrants, the homeless, the battered, the wealthy- addiction is everywhere."
In Alexandria, VA .......
Art Uniting People -
A Celebration of Creativity & Mental Health
This year the Mental Health Anti-Stigma HOPE Campaign will celebrate National Mental Health Month through "Art Uniting People - A Celebration of Creativity and Mental Health." This is an art exhibition dedicated to making a difference. It provides people whose lives have been affected by mental illness the opportunity to use art as a form of expression in order to engage the Alexandria community in a conversation about mental health issues.
The show will consist of a diverse range of art pieces including all the different mediums in painting as well as sculpture, drawings, ceramics, photography and writing. Artists will share the inspiration behind their art pieces and some of their personal stories to create a powerful and unique viewing experience for visitors to the exhibition.
Art works will be displayed at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street, from May 1st - June 30th, 2011. A second exhibition will be held at the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke St from July 1st, 2011 - Thursday, January 6th, 2012.
Join us! Plan to attend the opening reception on Thursday, May 12th to enjoy the art and meet the artists. (4/14/2011)
The Negative Impact of Social Networking Sites
Lee Weber at Addiction Blog interviews AddictionandArt.org Download Gallery Artist, Willie Schaefer.
"His recent series on internet and social networking addiction is at the forefront of academic and artistic representation of growing trends towards the digitization of human relations."
"To me (Willie) addiction is something that interferes with your life. It's painful for you and those around you. Digital addiction can do this. It happened to me in the past. I would pass up food, sleep, and real world friendship to keep my online friends happy. I have known people who lost jobs due to online addictions. I have known people that have lost relationships for the same reason. It is my hope that we won't shy away from these subjects in the future because I see this becoming more and more of a problem."
Human Side of Addiction
by Christine Grillo
Johns Hopkins Medicine Magazine
"Science meets the visual arts in a book that captures wrenching sagas of addiction and recovery."
Two new Artist Interviews at AddictionBlog.org
"The interviews are a wonderful process of learning." says blogger Lee Weber.
Palliative Medicine and Illegal Drugs
February 10, 2011
By Addiction Blog
Artist: Nash Hyon
Narcotics unit police officer: "Visual arts can create social change."
January 31, 2011
By Addiction Blog
Artist: Ralph Irby
Blood and Thunder:Musings on the Art of Medicine
Attention, all writers, poets, and artists!
The literary and artistic journal of
the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
is currently accepting previously non-published, healthcare-related
prose, poetry, and visual arts
for publication in its 2011 edition.
For complete instructions and submission guidelines, please visit
All submissions are due by May 31st, 2011.
"Editor, Blood and Thunder" <email@example.com>
Another Addictionblog.org Interview
Addictionblog.org interviews Addiction and Art Book Artist, Deborah Feller. Read this insightful dialogue here:
Addiction and Art Book Review
Arts & Humanities Reviews, January 2011
By Terry McMaster
Jan 15, 2011
"VERDICT: Beyond art enthusiasts, those interested in addiction or working with addicts may also be interested. An important book; recommended for all collections." —Terry McMaster, Syracuse, NY
the ReSPECT project
Community and Treatment
Peter Bruun, one of the Addiction and Art Book's Advisory Board Members is the coordinator of the ReSPECT project, Community and Treatment, sponsored by Art on Purpose. The project uses photographs and audio to shed light on the relationship between community concerns and the needs of those in treatment for (or in recovery from) the disease of addiction. Topics include revealing attitudes towards residential treatment facilities as part of a neighborhood's composition.
- Exhibit: Rescheduled to February 3, 2011
- Community Dialogue: Rescheduled to February 3, Dialog starts at 5:30 PM, Reception from 5 to 7 PM
- Eubie Blake Center
- 847 North Howard St.
- Baltimore, MD 21201-4605
Editor's note: Bravo Peter and Art on Purpose! This type of dialogue should be happening in communities worldwide. (1/13/2011)
ADDICTIONANDART.ORG Salutes the Creative Efforts of the Folks at "Recovery Rocks"
Personalized Recovery Badges!
Drug and Suicide Awareness Forum
January 9, 2011, 1 - 4 PM
The Addiction and Art Book and related artworks will be part of the forum, Real Life in Carroll County, dedicated to honoring the life of Joshua Edward Roskovensky.(12/28/2010)
- January 9, 2011, 1 - 4 PM
- Holy Spirit Lutheran Church
- 2205 Old Liberty Rd.
- Eldersburg, MD
bigthink.com Bibliophilia includes Addiction and Art Book
big think.com includes Addiction and Art Book in its Bibliophilia: The Best Art Books of 2010 by Bob Duggan, December 29, 2010 (Link to Article)
A quote from Mr Duggan's post: "2010 was a great year for art publishing, with many presses producing high quality works not only in terms of reproducing great art, but also in publishing important thinkers on what the art of the past and present means. Here is one reviewer's highly subjective, highly personal list (in no particular order) of some of the biggest "big thinks" in the art publishing world of the past year."
Patricia B. Santora, Margaret L. Dowell, and Jack E. Henningfield (editors), Addiction and Art (The Johns Hopkins University Press): "Science gives us the tools, but art gives the inspiration and the drive to make a difference in reducing addiction and helping people achieve recovery,"says the introduction to this important book on how art can heal. "What is more important-the tools or the drive? They are inseparable." (Link to Mr Duggan's review)(12/30/2010)
ADDICTION BLOG interviews Parker Lanier an Addiction and Art Book artist.
December 5, 2010
Parker Lanier, one of Addiction and Art.org's supporting artists was interviewed by the Addiction Blog on December 5. It is an insightful interview, the following quotes will give you a hint:
"Question: ADDICTION BLOG: Do you think that art should be a "practice", or should pieces of art come when they come, without pressure."
"Answer: PARKER LANIER:...to answer your question, it is a bit of a habit that so far as not lacked inspiration. I usually do not know where a drawing is going to go until I am half way in to it. I draw in roller ball pen and color my stuff with Sharpies. No sketches. I work without a net so to speak."
Blog Review of the Addiction and Art Book
Lee Weber author of the blog: www.addictionblog.org has posted a review of the Addiction and Art Book. A quote taken from her post:: "What I like about "Addiction and Art" is that I am not overwhelmed by a sense of hopelessness, one that I assumed would dominate such a book. Instead, I found that the book evoked a full range of emotions, thoughts, and perspectives."
The book proposes using Addiction and Art shows, and her response to that is to advise her readers to take the show model and RUN with it!
This blog is a good resource for information about efforts by others to fight addiction.(11/29/2010)
Effects from Womb to Adulthood
Carroll County Drug Trends Forum
The Addiction and Art Book and other addiction imagery will be utilized at "Carroll's Drug Trends: Effects from Womb to Adulthood", an event presented by Carroll County (Maryland) Annual Substance Abuse Awareness Program. This event is open to the public and is free. Doors open at 6 PM, and a program featuring keynote speaker Keith Mills, WBAL Sportscaster begins at 6:30 PM. Co-Editor of the Addiction and Art book, Dr. Margaret Dowell, will be present to discuss the book and related website. (11/04/2010)
November 16, 2010, 6 PM
St John's Portico, 47 Monroe Street, Westminster, MD
Keynote Speaker: Keith Mills, WBAL Sportscaster
Information: 410-848-6100, 410-876-1788
Addiction Artworks Utilized in Georgia Schools
Addiction and Art Imagery was used during Drug Awareness Week in October in Woodstock, Georgia. Showcases in Middle Schools (Brents Middle School / Mill Creek Middle School) included artworks downloaded from the Addiction and Art site. The displays and related powerpoint presentation were the handiwork of Friends Don't Let Friends Die. (10/26/2010)
A facebook link for your information: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2061923&id=1310928215&l=a2b6bf5e82
Addiction Artist Donates Art To Others
Parker Lanier, an Addiction and Art Book Artist, is a recovering alcoholic who has an excellent website at:
He has generously donated his art to anyone who can use it to fight addiction of any kind. We are featuring an image of his "Support Artists in Recovery" painting in our Download of the Day section above. His website tells the story of his recovery and displays a lot of his artworks. He says that when he stopped drinking he started painting and hasn't been able to quit. We appreciate Parker for his determination to quit drinking and his generosity to others.
Upcoming: Addiction and Art Curriculum Guide
Using the Addiction and Art book for inspiration and structure, a team of individuals from Florida State University are hard at work developing a curriculum guidebook to facilitate interaction between art educators and guidance counselors when addressing addiction in schools. This impressive team consists of faculty, museum/gallery directors, film students, interns and Ph.D. students including Addiction and Art book artist, Amanda Alders. Updates on this very important project will appear on this site.
Addiction and Art Book
to be included in
Night Out Against Crime in Georgia
Organizers of Friends Don't let Friends Die (www.friendsdontletfriendsdie.com) will be utilizing the Addiction and Art book in their community outreach on October 7, 2010 during a "Night Out Against Crime" event in Cherokee County, Georgia. This event will also feature a "pill drop" in response to the fact that in recent years overdoses involving prescription drugs have out paced overdoses from illicit drugs in Georgia.
Link to news article:
Addiction and Art Book Review
The September 11, 2010 issue of the The Lancet medical journal (Volume 376, Issue 9744, Page 864) features a review of the "Addiction and Art" book. The article, "Art About Addiction" is written by Chloe AV Hunt. She concludes that although "science and art have been at odds" throughout history, the book, "Addiction and Art" is bringing them together "...to help address the impact of addiction".
Ms Hunt's article can be found at
Addiction and Art Book Review
August 13, 2010
Addiction and Art book artist, Deborah Feller ("Toy Soldier", "The Annunciation")
August 3, 2010
"This book makes a vivid and multidimensional contribution toward shifting public perceptions of addiction away from morality based notions and into the public health sphere."
Amanda Alders, Ph.D. Candidate
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Sponsors Art and Addiction YouTube Site
The show that is mentioned here took place in 2010 and is referenced on our shows archive page Here and her video is also featured on this page.
We hope MS Alders doesn't mind, here is a quote of her explanation of her work:
"In August of 2009, Johns Hopkins Innovator's Combating Substance Abuse Program sent out guidebooks to artists whose art had been published in their Addiction & Art book. This guidebook, which is available on their website, outlined how to organize a local art show on art and addiction. As a contributing artist and art therapy PhD student, the idea for a show interested me. This video tells the story of an art exhibition on the theme of drug addiction and recovery, the lives that were touched by the art and the artists who created the work."