Mental Health Awareness Month Art Contest 2022


As we observe Mental Health Awareness Month, May 2022, we invited artists to share “The World Through My Eyes”. In this way, we hope to shine a light on the experience that many face with Mental Health Challenges and raise awareness in our communities that Mental Health Matters.


This Year’s Winners

Adult Participants Winner

Cracked Up 2

By Wyatt

More often than not I exist in a solemn, closed world of private torment many days at a time. Thoughts of fear and chronic sadness ignite severe depression often not controlled by suppressants.
This canvased art illustrates the release of trapped bad energy before a balance of endorphins.


Youth Participants Winner

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by Esther H. Kim

This piece is about school bullying and a kid under a helmet hiding from reality. As you may see the stickers and drawings on the helmet is all the hurt the child received but the the leaf is a symbol of hope. The solution to this problem are the two bright lights behind and reflected in the helmet signifying there is an exit or a way out of this situation.

Honorable Mentions

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by Chloe Thorborn

The environment around me is shaped by my battles with intrusive thoughts, body dysmorphia, anorexia nervosa, depression, and anxiety. Because of this, I wanted to represent in my artwork how my mental health falsifies things by claiming to love me and desire what is best for me when it is secretly trying to rip me apart. The pleasant façade that my mind tries to build for me as my diseases strive to lure me further into their darkness is symbolized by the hand that is sprouting a flower out of its palm. Finally, to illustrate how my mental health is trying to rob me of my life and color, I used grey tones with undertones of purple to resemble the flesh of something dead for the monster behind the girl


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by Yoonjeong Yang

The Covid-19 pandemic has presented us with numerous challenges. To some extent, we have experienced negative psychological effects, such as post-traumatic stress symptoms, frustration, boredom, and anger. As an international student, I was frustrated by repeated quarantines and from not being able to return home. The pandemic, on the other hand, has allowed me to see the world beyond my comfort zone of people’s pain and suffering. Through this painting, I wanted to portray doctors and nurses around the world who have been suffering from staff burnout and the prolonged stress of dealing with the pandemic, as well as their great sacrifices to help battle the pandemic.


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by Heejae Helen Kim

Many students of all kinds are overwhelmed with stress and pressure from academics. The massive build up of stress can lead to a dangerous point where they need to exert all of their energy into holding onto the burden that is keeping up grades or dealing with low grades as they watch things begin to fall apart. This piece visualizes academic pressure and how many students experience and feel stress from it.


End of World

by Monali Harshe

It is End of world as in depression, or reflection in water seen as exact opposite .That is beginning of the new world. With sun rise or sun set. As experienced in bipolar disorder two opposite frames of mind.


Blazing

by Kay Hwang

An angry and frustrated person has her emotions shut down by others. All she needs is someone to listen to her feelings and sympathize with her without judging. Fostering a culture of empathy is especially critical at challenging times like today as we live through a pandemic.


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by Crystal R. Hines

This is a digitally enhanced self-portrait image created by two combined photographs. Inspired by triptych art.

This photo art is a result of my internalized feelings. I used to battle alone anxiety and depression untreated for long periods of time. I tried to be strong and functional because I didn’t want to be judged or stamped with a negative stigma. However, I finally reached a point where I could not keep my mental issues hidden inside anymore and had to seek help.


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by Audrey E. Song

When I was little, I had a fish tank in my house with a beautiful school of fish gracefully and peacefully dancing around the tank. I would watch the fish in the tank in awe of their beauty and fluidity. I imagined myself as the goldfish in a jar in this drawing. It’s isolated and all alone, feeling sad and distanced from others. Growing up, I moved numerous times to different schools in different states for my parents’ job relocation. In total, I attended five different elementary schools. The fish in the jar is a projection of myself feeling isolated and excluded from people in new schools with established friend groups, as depicted in the fish tank of colorful and happy fish frolicking with each other. The jar is an invisible barrier representing the unseen built-up social anxiety that binds many other teenagers and me from the rest of the world. I want to bring awareness to the ongoing mental struggle both the young and old suffer from day-to-day.


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by Zeno Park

My artwork illustrates the desire of children of all ages to utilize their imagination to escape reality by daydreaming and yearning. The mind is arguably the best coping mechanism on the planet. My artwork is designed to be understood differently by each viewer since their chosen world can be a getaway from current events like COVID-19 or even more personal difficulties like mental health. As a result, the boy represents individuals who discover a means to establish their own utopian world, whereas his built world represents escapism.


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by Andrea Wood

My artwork represents the feeling of loneliness, when you suffer from depression or anxiety. In my artwork the colorful and bright butterflies represent everyone else around someone who feels alone. The one shaded butterfly represents someone who feels alone, and like no one understands.


He Who Holds The Magic

by Claudia Branm

It is a 24′ x 20 ‘ oil painting finished during this present year of 2022. In this painting, I painted my daughter during a dark night that is lighted up by fireflies. Her eyes are focused on Jesus. He is with her making this night magical for her and making her glow in beautiful colors. I painted this painting because I was losing the pace of my mind during the pandemic. I was afraid for my kids and for the uncertainty of the future. Everything seemed so dark for everyone in this world, and I needed to find myself again. I learned to focus on God and not on my negative thoughts. Through my eyes, His light was the answer to this darkness. While painting this painting I got back my peace of mind. My thoughts became joyful again. I want to share this painting with the world to tell people that even during the darkest times God is with us and that we can focus on the beauty He brings to us to recover the pace of our minds and souls.

2022 Entries

We were very impressed with the amount of talent that we witnessed this year! It was difficult to narrow down our winners. We think that every artist contributed something special towards raising awareness, so we would also like to share these entries we received.

Breaking Free

by Rebekah Hong

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by Meyah Jackson

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by Hyunseo Ryu


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by Nadia

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by Heejae Helen Kim

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by Angelica C. Gary


Puppet of Emotion

by Ariana Saez

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by Olivia Lee

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by Kerrigan Reyes


The Ghettoman

by Laura Mofu

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by Yogita Gupta

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by Lauren Velayo


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by Kimberly Obame

Mind Chatter

by Hugh Baxley

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by Lindsey Ahn


Fragments of Our Past

by Isabella Kim

Battling the Beast

by Charley Adams

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by Valerie Chamberlain


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by Mark Lovich

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Mike Zapata

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by Lauren Marchese


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by Marie-Claire Perez Hammerschlag

Serotonin

by Fjollë Ramadani

Mature For My Age

by Barbara Kimball


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by Zinya Meier

Re-Birth

by Marcello

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by Celeste Musani


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by Adriana Flores

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by Hannah Parker

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by Adriana Flores


Unfortunate

by Jem

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by Rachel Aristeo

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by V Mythili


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by Gabriella Taylor

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by R.sayali Ashley Queen

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by Chloe Henkel


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by Marie-Claire Perez Hammerschlag

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by Zitela Mwale