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IAEDP 5th Annual Imagine Me Art Competition: A judge’s perspective

by Michelle Dean 07-02-2015 | 7:07PST | Comments (3)

Rising from the Ashes Rogers Memorial Hospital

Rising from the Ashes Submitted by Rogers Memorial Hospital

I am delighted to be a part of and share my experience about this year’s competition International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) 5th Annual Imagine Me Beyond What You See Body Image Mannequin Art Competition and Eating Disorders Awareness Campaign. This, I believe, is my fourth year participating in the event as one of three invited judges – although judging is hardly a fair description. I feel I am an honored witness to the many powerful images that reflect the journeys away from an eating disorder and toward greater health.

Each year thousands of men and women are fortunate to receive the specialized treatment that is needed to help them recover from their eating disorder. These specialized treatment facilities and agencies understand the importance of the arts in recovery and employ credentialed art therapists. Art therapy is a creative, psychotherapeutic process that helps patients express themselves when they have lost their words. It helps to provide the ability to accurately, and more fully, link feelings with expression. The art therapy process gives individuals who have become stuck, whittled down, or overwhelmed an outlet that fosters growth and change. It is a mirror for past events, current situations, and future dreams and aspirations. And just as the form and structure of the art medium can be stretched and boundaries redrawn, so too with the aide of a qualified art therapist can the psychic structure be supported and compassionately pulled into a flexible and more comfortable place.

These sculptural works are representative of hundreds of brave souls, courageously embarking on their journey of recovery with the aid and support of their treatment teams, families, and friends. They are warriors and journeyers; they, as do we all, do battle with personal and cultural demons along this path we all call life and these are some of the images that reflect their process. I thank them and IAEDP for allowing me to share their work with you.

Broken and Mended, Stronger Than Before submitted by Laura Riss, PsyD at Kaiser Permanente

Broken and Mended, Stronger Than Before submitted by Laura Riss, PsyD at Kaiser Permanente

The following treatment facilities and individuals submitted work for the 2015 Art Competition:

University of Florida Health Eating Disorder Recovery Center

Rogers Memorial Hospital

Castlewood at Monarch Cove

Eating Recovery Center IP/Res

Eating Recovery Center PHP

Eating Recovery Center IOP

Veritas Collaborative

Rebecca Tishman

Fraser North Eating Disorders Programs

Cambridge Eating Disorder Centers/Adolescent

Cambridge Eating Disorder Centers

Doctor’s Health and Wellness Center

A Caged Spirit submitted by Willow Place

A Caged Spirit submitted by Willow Place

Laura Riss, PsyD of Kaiser Permanente

Shoreline Treatment Center for Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders Treatment Center

Willow Place

Rebecca Brennan

The Renfrew Center of Northern New Jersey


Beauty from Ashes; emerging new hope and life Submitted by Eating Disorders Treatment Center - NM

Beauty from Ashes; emerging new hope and life Submitted by Eating Disorders Treatment Center – NM





Imagine Me Beyond What You See Awards Ceremony will be held Thursday, March 19 during iaedp’s Opening Night Dinner. The evening opens iaedp’s signature International Flag Procession spotlighting the International and United States Chapter Delegations followed by Imagine Me Awards Presentation including the Professionals Choice Award, voted on by iaedp membership, Symposium attendees, and the general public.

View the entire 2015 Roster by visiting online and while you’re there cast your vote.


2015 Judges includes Michelle Dean, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, CGP, Board Certified Art Therapist and Professional Member of American Art Therapy Association, Fritz Liedtke, Photographic Fine Artist and Author, along with Leigh Cohn, MAT, CEDS, Author, Artist and Owner Gurze Books.

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3 Responses to IAEDP 5th Annual Imagine Me Art Competition: A judge’s perspective

Natalie Halpern says: December 17, 2015 at 12:14 pm

I would like to purchase a poster or a duplicate sculpture of Rising from the Ashes Submitted by Rogers Memorial Hospital. Can you tell me how to do this?

Michelle Dean says: December 17, 2015 at 4:16 pm

Dear Natalie,
Thank you so much for your interest in the IAEDP’s Imagine Me art contest. I would recommend you contact Blanche Williams at IAEDP directly for more information about purchasing a poster or sculpture. She may be reached through the following email:

Laura says: April 28, 2016 at 11:23 am


Thank you for this posting! I was browsing the web for information regarding fair contracted rates for art therapists when I stumbled upon this post. I am one of the two art therapists who created the piece “Rising from the Ashes” for iaedp.

Thank you for all that you do as a judge and for sharing your thoughtful comments!


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