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History of Art4Health

The Art 4 Health exhibit opened during the 2007-2008 academic year, when the California State University, Fullerton was celebrating its 50th anniversary. The exhibit showcased twenty-two artists and their 66 artworks. Sixty-eighty percent of the artists were alumni. The Opening Reception was held during the 50th anniversary celebration on September 15, 2007.

The 2008-2009 exhibit featured 35 artists and their 92 artworks. Eighty-two percent of the artists were current students. Plaques were awarded to the Best of Show Student and Best of Show Alumni, Brigham F. Alleges and Eric Leonard Jones. Approximately 400 people attended the Opening Reception and first Art Auction on September 12, 2008.

The 2009-2010 exhibit was smaller than the previous year due to budget constraints that decreased advertising for the Call for Entries. However, it was again an excellent show with 26 artists and 53 artworks. Sixty-five percent of the artists were current students. The theme was: Curative Creations - Examining Healing for the Artist and the Audience. A $200 scholarship was awarded to Sarah Blackmon, the Best of Show Student. Eric Leonard Jones (Best of Show Alumni) was awarded gallery space in the Titan Student Union at California State University, Fullerton, from January to April 2010.

The theme of the 2010-2011 show was Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, and Healthy Spirit. The Opening Reception and Art Auction was held on Friday, October 15, 2010. This show consisted of 105 artworks by 41 artists. Sixty-six percent of the artists are current students. Shauday Deeble and Natalie Salim both received a $200 award for Best of Show Student, Lauren Gallegos won gallery space in the Titan Student Union for Best of Show Alumni, and Raven (Laura) Mansen was recognized as the Best of Show Staff.

The 2011-2012 show is Art 4 Health's fifth year, entitled Art 4 Health V, HeArt & Soul. Forty artists and 105 works of art were unveiled at the Opening Reception and Art Auction on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, from 3:00 to p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Jenna Nustad, a current Fine Arts student, was presented with the Best of Show Student award and a $200 scholarship for her printmaking artwork, Heart of California. Corinne Scrivens, CSUF Bachelor of Fine Arts 2008 alumna, received the Alumni Best of Show award for her digital painting, Victoria, and was awarded gallery space in the TSU for a sole exhibition from January 16 to April 6, 2012. Kurt Weston, a CSUF faculty member in the College of the Arts, won Best of Show Faculty/Staff for his photography artwork entitled Under the Dwarf Maple.

The 2012-2013 show was entitled, ART: Healing in Disguise. The exhibit features 37 artists and 94 artworks. The opening Reception and Art Auction was held on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Best of Show Student winner was Lindsey Serata for her charcoal artwork entitled Cocktails. Lindsey received a $200 scholarship. Graduate Student Maggie Parr received Best of Show 2nd Place for her digital and oil painting The Father, along with a $100 scholarship. The Best of Show Alumni winner this year was Lauren Gallegos for her graphite artwork, Written Memories. Lauren received a solo art show in the Titan Student Union Chapman Atrium Gallery from January to April 2013. There was a tie for first place in the Faculty/Staff category and the award was presented to both Dr. Richard Boucher for his photography View from Sentinel Rock, and Pamela Fillmore for her watercolor artwork Young Girl with Flowered Hat. The Faculty/Staff winners received a solo art show in the Titan Student Union Chapman Atrium Gallery from September to October 2013.

Art 4 Health VII's theme is Art's Healing Treasure. The exhibition for 2013-2014 features 31 artists and 68 artworks. The Opening Reception and Art Auction is scheduled for Friday, October 18, 2013, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. The Best of Show presentation and announcements will take place at 5:00 p.m.

Each exhibit runs for nearly one year. The Call for Entries begins during the spring semester for students, alumni, and faculty/staff (as of 2010-2011). Artists are asked to submit an application and digital image of their artwork for the jury process. The artwork for the show is chosen by a jury of individuals selected from the campus and community. Artists are notified whether their artwork was accepted for the show during the month of May. The accepted artwork is received and installed during the summer. Those accepted may elect to offer their artwork for sale if they desire. The artist can receive up to 60 percent of the selling price. The opening reception and art auction is held in the fall, is open to the public and community, and is the time when the artists bring their friends and family to see their artwork displayed at the Student Health and Counseling Center. Any proceeds from the art auction, besides the percentage that goes to the artist, keeps the show going into the next year and provides the resources for the Best of Show Student awards. The alumni who wins Best in Show receives gallery space in the TSU for displaying his or her artwork. Faculty and Staff members who win Best of Show will also be recognized.

A primary reason for exhibiting the art show in the Student Health and Counseling Center is to make more students aware of the services provided. The health center frequently hear students mention that they did not know there was a health center on campus for them to use when they were sick or injured, and the art show brings more awareness of the Student Health and Counseling Center. Another primary reason for the show is to allow students, alumni, faculty, and staff a venue for showing their artwork. The health center has over 45,000 visits annually. Additionally, students who visit the health center, as well as the staff who work there, are able to enjoy the artwork all year long. It creates a special feeling when patients enjoy viewing the artwork while they are visiting the facility.

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