WSU Healing Art Showcase 2017-2018

Healing Arts Showcase flyer

Counseling and Testing Center (CTC) invite all students to participate in the 1st annual Healing Art Showcase. This Showcase exhibits artwork created by Wichita State University (WSU) students. It is designed to help students empower themselves as well as others. The goals of the Healing Art Showcase are to educate about and address mental health issues that can impact academic and personal functioning amongst students, as well as decrease mental health stigma.

According to the National College Health Assessment (2016) data, the top five areas that impact college students’ academic performance are stress, anxiety, sleep difficulties, depression, and work. If you choose, your artwork may focus on one of these areas.

We invite you to submit artwork that represents empowerment and resilience related to mental health. The Healing Art Showcase will be held on Thursday January 25th, in the Cadman Art Gallery in the RSC from 3-5pm. This exhibit will be open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Entry Deadline is Friday January 12th at 12pm.


All entries must be original works of art, created within the past 3 years, and artists must identify as a current Wichita State University student.

Process of Entry

  1. Fill out entry form (see below).
  2. Attach a photo of your artwork. If you are submitting the form via email, please have the photo be saved as JPEG, minimum of 75 dpi.
  3. Fill out an entry form for each separate piece of artwork (maximum of two) BY FRIDAY, January 12th at noon.
  4. Email the entry form to, with the subject “Healing Art Showcase Entry”, or bring the form and photo to CTC, 320 Grace Wilkie Hall. If you bring in a form to the CTC please also send an electronic version as well.
  5. Artists will be notified if their artwork is selected to be exhibited BY MONDAY January 15th at 5pm.
  6. Selected artwork must be delivered to Counseling and Testing Services between TUESDAY, January 16th AND FRIDAY, January 19th (unless other arrangements are agreed upon between artist and CTC).
  7. Rules of Entry
  8. There is no entry fee.
  9. The maximum number of submissions is two.
  10. Two- or three-dimensional work in all media, including, but not limited to: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Collage, Sculpting, and Computer-Generated Imagery.
  11. Size is limited to 36 inches in any direction, including frame.
  12. Artwork will be displayed as is; please have the artwork framed if appropriate and ready to hang.
  13. Artists must include measurements of each submission on the application form.
  14. CTC is not responsible for lost, stolen, or misdirected entries.
  15. CTC is not responsible for artwork being damaged; signs indicating to not touch the artwork will be placed around CTC, though it is not able to be guaranteed that artwork will not be touched (e.g., not in protective casing).
  16. Your entry acknowledges acceptance of the rules of entry.
  17. Your art work will be “on loan” to CTC until September 20th 2018, so students visiting CTC may view and benefit from your artwork. Exceptions to this may apply (e.g., if graduating and leaving the WSU area). Artwork not picked up by September 20th, 2018 will be considered abandoned and will become the property of CTC to be used as it deems appropriate. Additionally, if you wish to donate your artwork to CTC to remain on display, you are welcome to do so.
  18. To guarantee client confidentiality, the exhibition is only open to the public during the opening reception in January 2018 and at scheduled viewings.

Criteria and Judging

  1. The panel of judges will be professional art educators, practicing artists, mental health professionals, WSU faculty/staff, and WSU students.
  2. Judging will take place prior to the Healing Art Showcase, for all awards other than the People’s Choice Award. Awards will be presented during the showcase, other than the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced via social media within one week of the Showcase. Works will be selected on the basis of original concept, expressive use of media, artistic excellence, and representation of the theme of empowerment and resilience.

Submit entries to Dr. Meladee Garst at Be sure that all information is complete on submissions.

*Adapted from University of Central Florida Counseling and Psychological Services’ Healing Art Exhibit, Savannah College of Art and Design Counseling and Student Support Services’ Art of Prevention and the University or North Texas Healing Arts program.*

Click here for 2017-2018 Healing Art Showcase Entry Form

Submit entries to Dr. Meladee Garst at Be sure that all information is complete on submissions.