Why an art contest?
TEA's first art contest was created based on a request from the Research Team at Yale’s Center for Neuroscience and Regeneration Research (the group that is working toward new and effective treatments for EM).
The Yale Research Team will be presenting its work at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience this October and other future medical meetings. Dr. Yang, a member of the team, explained that the group had a great desire to connect the attendees of the meeting to the actual pain suffered by those with EM. Therefore, the nature of the artwork requested for the contest was “depicting one’s expression of living with erythromelalgia”.
When Dr. Yang saw the artwork submitted by TEA members for the art contest, he said, “I can image that when these images are shown, it will for sure draw people's emotion and promote the cause we are working on. This event demonstrates perfectly our combined effort between researchers and the patient community to fight against this disease.”
TEA long-time board member, Deborah Mosarski, single-handedly organized this contest by creating specific rules to ensure all entrants were given the same guidelines, establishing an all-volunteer, independent panel of judges with art backgrounds, then collecting the artwork for the judges panel and tallying the judges’ votes.
In addition, complimentary membership to TEA is given as follows:
1st place - 5 years
2nd place - 3 years
3rd places and Honorable Mention - 2 years
And to show TEA's appreciation for your participation, ALL entrants will receive one complimentary year.
Judges' picks and artwork
All images are winners because they have the honor of being used by Yale to educate and intrigue people about erythromelalgia.
A very special thank you to: The Yale Research Team, Dr. Yang and Deborah Mosarski!