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2023 Call for Art

October 04, 2023

Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art

We invite you to share your visual responses to the prompt “Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art”. Experiences such as love, uncertainty, caring for others, joy, loneliness, anger, and awe can all impact one’s mental health. The visual arts can play a significant role in giving solace or inspiration to the multiple moods of the mind. Cultivating creativity can help synthesize knowledge, experiences, frustrations, and can support our mental health. We invite you submit artwork in response to your journey or the journeys of others.

If art is therapy, if art is to inspire, if art is a weapon, if it is a medicine to heal soul wounds, if it makes one not feel alone in his or her visions, or if it serves as transportation to a higher self, then that is where I aspire to live every day.

Rudy Gutierrez, artist, illustrator, educator

Important dates

  • Dates to submit artwork: Tuesday, October 10, 2023 to Monday, November 13, 2023
  • Eligibility: YSM community including faculty, researchers, staff, students (medical, PA, and PA Online)
  • Art selection: The jury will consist of visual artists, mental health professionals, and members of the PAPS Executive committee.
  • Notification: Wednesday November 27, 2023.
  • Artwork dropoff: December 11-15, 2023, 10am-5pm at Yale School of Medicine - SHM 333 Cedar St, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Email to arrange a time.

Artwork guidelines

  • 2D artwork medium including collage, drawing, watercolor, pastel, and photography.
  • Low relief works, 6 inches deep or less measured from the wall including fiber art, textile, or mixed medium.
  • If a person is recognizable in the artwork, they must sign a release form to be exhibited.
  • No images of patients.
  • We cannot accommodate works suspended from the ceiling or 3D sculptures.
  • Size/weight/framing: Minimum & maximum dimensions 8”x 10” to 48”x 48” including framing, and not to exceed 30 pounds.
  • Work must be ready for installation with hanging hardware: wire and d-rings securely installed on work.
  • Please submit no more than three entries per artist.
  • Please note in the application if your image was created using the assistance of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and which program you used.


  • Dates: Tuesday Jan 22, 2024 through August 30, 2024
  • Location: Lobby area outside of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar St.

Sales & Contact

Sales will be arranged directly between the artist and buyer. No commission is due. For questions or help with entries, email

Submitted by Lena Smith Parker on October 04, 2023