A Call for Art – for our Recovery Art Auction!

2023 Victory for Mental Health Art Potomac View

Written by Bruce Cruser

Bruce Cruser has been Executive Director of Mental Health Virginia since 2016, bringing a background in social work and community corrections, and many years of leadership experience in local and state government.

July 2, 2024

Personal expression through art sustains recovery and fosters resilience. We are accepting applications now to be included in our Recovery Art Auction, when we celebrate artists and recovery month as part of our Victory for Mental Health event in September.

Artists can participate and support Mental Health Virginia by submitting art for our Recovery Art Auction, to be online from September 5-19. It features creative work from a variety of both emerging and established artists for whom the art-making process helps sustain their recovery or mental wellness.

The auction will be timed to end during our Advocacy Award Program at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture on September 19. A few select pieces will be featured on-site at the dinner program.

Across generations and cultures, engaging with the creative arts can help reduce stress, anxiety and depression. The experience of making art in any of its many forms can lighten the weight of living with a chronic illness. The creative process also enhances health and wellness for anyone.

We are seeking a range of styles from both emerging and established artists. We encourage Virginia artists to participate, but artists from other states are welcome.

Proceeds: The purchased art will be donated 100% to MHV or split 50/50 between the artist and MHV, whichever the artist chooses.

Engaging with works of art as an observer also improves one’s mental wellness. Stay tuned for a link to the online auction when it goes live on September 5th!

Download a flyer to share with others. For more information, please email Jenny Sappington at jsappington@mentalhealthvirginia.org

Recovery Art Auction Application

If you are interested in submitting your art for consideration, please complete the form.

ART SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday, July 21, 2024 at 5:00 pm

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