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Archive 2011

Welcome to the Addiction and Art Website

2011 Home Page Archive

This page contains news items issued in 2011.

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.

Addiction and Art Book. Inspiration for the site comes from the book, , Addiction and Art by Patricia B. Santora, Margaret L. Dowell ( editor), and Jack E. Henningfield.

The Johns Hopkins University Press has issued a discount for purchase of the Book.

Click here to download the discount PDF

News and Announcements

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)

Title image for PDF File Download


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.


(11/28/2011) Adds a New Page

Partners Site Links

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 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


Co-Editors of "Addiction and Art" Book

give lecture on


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.

The lecture is Sponsored by Maryland Institute College of Art's Community Arts Partnership and The Tuerk House: mainstay of Baltimore's substance abuse treatment community.

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

British Medical Association Award

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.

(9/15/2011) a part of Artomatic@Frederick

Artomatic@Frederick Logo

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. 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

NIDA Drug Facts Week

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. .

AddictionAndArt.Org will post related addiction and art efforts associated with this week's activities. See sample activities here: Send information/images to


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: 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:


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

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,, 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:



Third Annual Addiction and Art Show

Wilmington, Delaware

ArtAddiction Show Logo


El Tiempo Hispano Paper


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.



Images Needed

Share Addiction and Recovery Artworks on

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. 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 participate and share some of your addiction recovery art... Submission Instructions (1/11/2011) Announces

A Page Dedicated to Art Therapy Resources

Link to Art Therapy Resources 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.

(5/22/2011) Announces

New Curriculum Guidelines for download

In addition to the guidelines we provide for organizing Addiction and Art shows, 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 menu selection "Curriculum Guide" or Click here to open the Curriculum Guidelines Page.

(3/8/2011) interviews

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."

Link to the article



In Alexandria, VA .......


Art Uniting People -

A Celebration of Creativity & Mental Health

Link to Website

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 Download Gallery Artist, Willie Schaefer.

Link to article.

"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."


Two new Artist Interviews at

"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" <>


Another Interview

1/22/2011 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

Link to Library Journal Article


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
  • 410-225-3130

Editor's note: Bravo Peter and Art on Purpose! This type of dialogue should be happening in communities worldwide. (1/13/2011)


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