“Your Brain on Art” exhibition focuses on raising awareness around brain safety, brain injury and recovery, and chronic pain

Our friends at the Biddeford arts organization Engine, in collaboration with the University of New England’s Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, will host an opening reception for “Your Brain on Art” on Friday, March 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Engine’s gallery space at 265 Main Street in downtown Biddeford.

Artist Jon Sarkin

Artist Jon Sarkin

“Your Brain on Art” features award-winning artists who have been impacted by brain injury, trauma or chronic pain including Jon Sarkin, Nancy Andrews, Karen Musick, and Jenn Shifflett.

"Fire" Jenn Shifflet

"Fire" Jenn Shifflet

University of New England art professor Sarah Gorham will exhibit work portraying her and her father’s journey following his diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor and his ultimate passing because of the cancer. Add Verb Productions Director, Playwright Cathy Plourde, and UNE’s Holly Haywood will show large format photographs from their Heal/Tell series (which are also featured on this blog).

"Kate" by Holly Haywood

"Kate" by Holly Haywood

The exhibit will also include contributions from artists of all ages, including local school children and students from colleges and universities in the area. The Maine College of Art will exhibit the 10’ tall stainless steel “Memory Neuron” and local middle school students will display their interpretive drawings. Dr. Moses Chao, the former president of the Society for Neuroscience, will be an honored guest at the public opening. The exhibit coincides with the national Brain Awareness Week March 11-17 and will involve other activities and events including:

Wednesday, March 13, 6pm: “From the Studio to the Treatment Room” Licensed clinical social worker Dick Tryon and artist Nora Tryon, demonstrate their work in art therapy.

Saturday, March 23, 1-4pm: Helmet Giveaway and Interactive Art with the Michael T. Goulet Foundation

Friday, March 29, 5-8pm: Biddeford ArtWalk featuring the Memory Neuron community sculpture installation and Knit-a-Neuron

Sponsors of the exhibition include the University of New England’s Center for Excellence and Neuroscience Club, the Michael T. Goulet Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy Foundation, Maine Medical Center Neuroscience Institute, P&C Insurance, Port Harbor Marine, Dennett Craig & Pate Inc., Stuart Financial, Dunston Dental, FHC Inc., Southern Maine Medical Center, Kenneally Dental, Run of the Mill, Southern Maine Marine, Saco Biddeford Savings, Saco Bay Tackle, The Cheese Iron, Dave and Melinda Anderson, Ed and Jill Bilsky, and the Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition.
“Your Brain on Art” will be on display at Engine’s gallery at 265 Main Street in Biddeford until April 6.

For more information, contact: Engine executive director Tammy Ackerman at either director@feedtheengine.org or 207-229-3560.

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