Opiate addiction exhibit


Recently my exhibit, Victims – Witnesses – Survivors, closed at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. It had a well-received 10 week run. Following this it opened in Atlanta at the Lowe Gallery accompanied by significant media coverage with ARTS ATL and NPR affiliate WABE. The exhibition is now 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. 


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. 


The following is a listing of past, present and future exhibitions of Victims - Witnesses - Survivors and thematically related shows but with different titles.  The exhibits vary in size but all retain the same or similar core paintings.


    2017 - Boulder Creative Collective, Boulder CO

    2019 - Sunny Art Centre, London UK

    2019 - Oklahoma Univ of Science and Arts, Chickasha OK

    2019 - Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta GA

    2020 - Den Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait

    2020 - University of Colorado - Denver, Denver CO

    2021 - Foothills Art Center, Golden CO


Here are a few links to some of the exhibit coverage.


    NPR - WABE interview 

    ARTS ATL feature article

    Oklahoma exhibit video 

    Atlanta exhibit catalog 


If you are interested in finding out more please contact me. 


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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