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Calling All Tennessee Artists With Disabilities!

The Tennessee Disability MegaConference Steering Committee is proud to announce our 2012 Art Contest! Our conference theme this year is empowerment, inclusion, self-determination and choice.

A picture of the winning artwork, a picture of the artist and a short bio will be featured on the 2012 Program Booklet cover and on the Tennessee Disability MegaConference website ( . The winning artist will also receive a complimentary exhibit table.

2011 TN MEgaConference Art Contest Winner - "Stepping Out" submitted by Libby Garner

All artwork submitted will be displayed in the Exhibit Area May 31-June 1, 2012 during the MegaConference at the Nashville Airport Marriott.

The deadline for entry is March 21, 2012. High quality digital images (300 dpi) of your artwork must accompany the entry form and be emailed to:
Lori Israel

The winning artist will be notified by April 4, 2012.

If you have any questions, please call Lori at 615-248-5878 or 800-835-7077 ext 22.

Entry Form (pdf)

2011 TN MegaConceference Art Contest Winner Libby Garner

Libby Garner is the Legislative Liaison (Lobbyist) of Tennessee Mental Health Consumers' Association, a position she has held since early 2009. The Tennessee Mental Health Consumers' Association provides education, advocacy, Medicaid services, housing and support to people with mental illness in Tennessee.

Libby is a Tennessee Certified Peer Specialist; she has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois.

Since becoming employed at TMHCA Libby has helped establish several new programs. Libby has helped incorporate art and art therapy into TMHCA's programs and her efforts have helped others develop new recovery tools that help reduce symptoms of mental illness.

Libby's recovery path has included a lengthy study of the complexities of, and tools for handling, the symptoms of Bi-Polar Disorder. Supportive friends and family, correct medication and therapy have all contributed to her ability to have a rich and fulfilling life. Libby has recognized that by helping others who share many of the same challenges of mental illness, it has empowered her to succeed and overcome her own challenges. She says, "The disorder that is part of me is also my credential."

'STEPPING OUT' represents coming out of the darkness and into the light.