The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation is proud to present its annual body image art competition, an awareness through art campaign, held in conjunction with our Annual Symposium.

Imagine Me Beyond What You See was designed to promote a healthy awareness and acceptance of body images. The mannequin art contest is open to everyone; however, iaedp™ is expressly asking treatment centers and private practices with art therapists to work with patients to provide entries. Mannequins may be purchased online. They can be male or female forms and are available in different body shapes and sizes. Some retail stores may donate used mannequins, if asked. Mixed media may be used.

Entries must include a 300 word description/inspiration of your artwork along with a 2/3 sentence biography of artist/group. Provide a list of the materials you used and submit photos of the artwork in high (300+) resolution jpeg format that shows at least 4 different angles. Entries will be accepted from October 15 through December 15 of every year and will require you signing an artist release. Email Blanche Williams: or call 800-800-8126 x 83.

The winner will be spotlighted at iaedp’s Annual Symposium, receive a financial award, and have their photographic artwork used in iaedp™ promotional mailings for a year.

In 2011, as part of iaedp’s Body Image Awareness Project and an effort to educate through art and conversation, iaedp created the “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” Travel Exhibition , which displays and describes 18×24 mounted posters of 2012 mannequin entries.

iaedp also created a “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” Short Film which narrates the stories behind the 2012 mannequin entries and artists. This film is designed for middle to high school and college counselors as well as youth organizations. There are questions at the end to assist in open-ended dialogue and eating disorders education. Our goal is to listen and lead within the field of eating disorders and the communities we serve.

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