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Exhibition explores connection between art and healing

July 22, 2016

KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo students, in partnership with teens from the Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility, explored the idea that art can be a source of strength and courage against drug addiction.

Together, they created 37 oil on canvas paintings, which are featured in “Addiction: The Exhibition,” opening Monday, August 1, in the campus Art Gallery.

The seven IU Kokomo students mentored 31 young men from the correctional facility, working with them about an hour a week to create the work, centered on the theme of addiction.

Jeffery Batis, assistant professor of psychology, was among the faculty members leading the project, along with Erik Deerly, assistant professor of new media; and Wayne Madsen, assistant professor of new media. He said the first few weeks working together were challenging, but once the teens adapted to the idea, they were engaged.

“I’ve been impressed by the level of art, and the thought that the correctional facility students have put into their work,” he said.

The project was funded by a New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities grant from IU.

The exhibition, which continues through August 27, opens with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, August 1 in the Gallery, in Upper Alumni Hall, on the IU Kokomo campus.

The Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Fridays and Sundays.

Admission is free, and free parking is available on campus.

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Last updated: 07/22/2016