Be-You{tiful} art show to promote positive body image

The Be-You{tiful} Art Show, a collaboration of Student Counseling Services and University Galleries, will open in a reception at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

“We were really excited for the opportunity to collaborate with Counseling Services,” Kendra Paitz, curator of exhibitions at University Galleries, said.

The art show is the highlight of the Be-You{tiful} campaign. This campaign is part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which seeks to prevent eating disorders and body image issues while reducing the stigma surrounding eating disorders and improving access to treatment.

Other events during the Be-You{tiful} campaign include Mirrorless Monday, a photobooth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bone Student Center, a fitness class from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a Bulletin Board Contest in residence halls on Thursday, and a screening of the film “America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments” at 6 p.m. on Wed., March 6.

The show will feature works of art that address media representations of the body, cultural norms of beauty and body image in our society.

“It’s an important exhibit because these are the types of issues that a lot of people are dealing with,” Paitz said.

This exhibition is set apart from some of the other art shows that University Galleries hosts because it aims to be all-inclusive.

“We had an open call for submissions, so anyone could display their work in the show,” Paitz said.

The show includes pieces from non-art students as well as students from Wesleyan, Heartland Community College and Lincoln College.

“We wanted this show to be very inclusive so we could incorporate all perspectives.”

About 50 works will be on display, including paintings, photography, drawings, a few sculptures and even multi-media works using sound and video.

The show will be on display from Feb. 25 to March 26.

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