Tohono Chul Park is accepting artist entries through Feb. 4 for "Art That Heals," an exhibition of artwork that has a healing purpose.
Original artwork in all media is welcome, a release said. Possibilities include mandalas, icons, shrines or other images used for mediation, prayer or healing; subjects dealing with prayer or intercessions to saints; artwork made in response to grief or to help the maker deal with a spiritual or psychological problem; and artwork that engenders or represents hope and healing.
"The exhibit's aim is to explore how art images can be powerful objects that positively influence our spirits," it continued.
Icons and mandalas can be meditative aids, and art activities frequently are used in therapeutic settings to provide patients with a means of self-expression and healing. "Art-making can be cathartic, helping individuals restore balance and health in their lives after experiencing loss, illness or suffering," the release said.
Artists who wish to create new work for the Art That Heals exhibit may submit sketches and a narrative proposal outlining their ideas. Completed works may be submitted in slide, photo, or digital media/CD format. Submissions should include size, medium and an accompanying statement about each piece and its relevance to the theme. No fee is required for submissions. Each artist may submit up to six pieces for consideration.
Submissions may be mailed with a self-addressed stamped envelope to Peggy Hazard, assistant exhibit curator, at Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, Tucson, 85704, e-mail at email@example.com, or call 520-742-6455, extension 217.