Yale Mental Health Offices art call for entry

Yale Health Mental Health & Counseling provides free, confidential mental health services to members of the Yale student community. Our clinic offers a wide range of services, including individual therapy, group therapy, and medication consultation and management.

Artwork Location: Yale Health, Mental Health & Counseling Patient Waiting Rooms

Our clinic has recently expanded to include the following locations in New Haven, CT:

55 Lock Street, New Haven, CT 06511

205 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511

60 Temple Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Eligibility: Artists with a Yale affiliation (i.e., students, staff, faculty, alumni, and their family members) are invited to submit artwork for consideration.

Selection Criteria: The purpose of our petition is to enhance our healthcare atmosphere for the enrichment and enjoyment of patients, visitors, and staff. We would like to feature art that promotes harmony and healing. Additionally, our goal is to display art that represents a wide range of cultural backgrounds, including those of groups which have historically been marginalized with mental healthcare systems. Given the therapeutic power of artistic expression for both artists and viewers, we have a strong appreciation for the impact of art in our mental health clinic.

Our department is seeking art of various mediums (paintings, drawings, collage, etc.).

Acceptance of art will be at the discretion of the Yale Health, Mental Health & Counseling Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Art Committee.

Given our mission of promoting harmony and healing in our healthcare setting, the following elements will not be accepted:

  • Anything that could be interpreted as hopeless, angry, scary, or violent
  • Specific political or religious subjects or icons
  • Overt sexual content or nudity
  • Predominately red or black color schemes
  • Abstractions that could be interpreted as internal organs, blood, veins, bones, body parts or bandages
  • Shapes that are pointy or appear to be knives or weapons
  • Dark windows or doorways

Number of Artworks:

We currently have no limit regarding the size or number of art pieces. We will gladly feature as many artworks as will fit in our clinic waiting rooms.

Length of Exhibit:

We are petitioning artists who would be willing to donate or lend their art to be featured in our clinic waiting rooms. We ask that art on loan be shared for the duration of at least one semester (four months).

Timeline: Rolling

For additional questions, please email Dr. Andrea DePetris: andrea.depetris@yale.edu

By Lori Ferrara
Lori Ferrara Senior Administrative Assistant