Opiate addiction exhibit

My exhibit, Victims – Witnesses – Survivors, recently closed at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. It had a well-received 10 week run. The exhibit is now in Atlanta at the Bill Lowe Gallery. The exhibition is available to travel and I am looking for additional venues for this exhibit which focuses on opiate addiction. My sister OD'd in 2012.

Here is the background. My sister died from an opiate overdose. I tell myself that it was not suicide but rather an accidental overdose washed down with a quart of vodka. I promised her that I would paint her portrait if she went to rehab. I did and she did, but she relapsed five years later. Now she is gone and so this is the best I can do.


At the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, this exhibit occupied approximately 230 linear feet of wall space with 30 paintings. In Atlanta, it occupied more than 400 linear feet with 50 paintings. 

This exhibit is expandable beyond 600 linear feet with additional paintings currently in inventory. Alternately, a core of key paintings can be displayed in as little as 100 linear feet. Concurrent shows are also possible. 

You can see a video of the Oklahoma exhibit here and a catalog of the Atlanta exhibit here.

I realize that most of my preferred venues are booked for the next year or more but sometimes unforeseen circumstances make space available and I have a large exhibit ready to go. I hope this exhibit will travel to multiple locations throughout North America over the next few years. I am looking to schedule it anytime from now and/or in to the future. I currently have pending exhibitions for 2020 - 2021 and I fully expect additional commitments. 

Much as with AIDS, I believe that it may take a groundswell fueled by artists, scientists, writers, playwrights, singers, activists and many more to erase the stigma and push for the required funding and research for prevention, treatment and recovery. I want these paintings along with any associated panels and discussions to start conversations, to cause people to experience the emotion and ultimately to take action before it is too late - to be part of the solution.

Of course, it is never just one person that is impacted, and it is never simply an isolated instance. At this exhibit’s opening I listened to the stories - families and communities devastated. It is all there - terror, intolerance, indifference and helplessness as well as resilience, resolve, forgiveness, love and hope. The faces in the exhibit reflect the faces of those affected. Some thank me simply for acknowledging them while others talk of action.  

If you are interested in finding out more, have any suggestions, or if you are aware of someone who may be interested in exhibiting Victims – Witnesses – Survivors anytime now or in to the future, please contact me and please pass this on.

My work is exhibited internationally at universities, art centers, museums and galleries. I am a frequent speaker and lecturer and my work is featured and reviewed in local, national and international media. For a complete bio, images and more see www.williamstoehrart.com

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