Your Brain on Art Opens March 8

“Your Brain on Art” exhibition focuses on raising awareness around brain safety, brain injury and recovery, and chronic pain

BIDDEFORD—The Biddeford arts organization Engine, in collaboration with the University of New England’s Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, will host an opening reception for “Your Brain on Art” on Friday, March 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Engine’s gallery space at 265 Main Street in downtown Biddeford.

“Your Brain on Art” features award-winning artists who have been impacted by brain injury, trauma or chronic pain including Jon Sarkin, Nancy Andrews, Karen Musick, and Jenn Shifflet. University of New England art professor Sarah Gorham will exhibit work portraying her and her father’s journey following his diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor and his ultimate passing because of the cancer. The exhibit will also include contributions from artists of all ages, including local school children and students from colleges and universities in the area. The Maine College of Art will exhibit the 10’ tall stainless steel “Memory Neuron” and local middle school students will display their interpretive drawings. Dr. Moses Chao, the former president of the Society for Neuroscience, will be an honored guest at the public opening. The exhibit coincides with the national Brain Awareness Week March 11-17 and will involve other activities and events including:

Wednesday, March 13, 6pm: “From the Studio to the Treatment Room” by  Richard D. Tryon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; private practice in psychotherapy and Nora Tryon, Visual Artist. Presentation will include anecdotal reports on the use of music and art in the treatment of people with traumatic brain injury and cognitive disorders.Presenting examples of music and art used in psychotherapy.

Thursday, March 14:
3-5pm: Knit-a-Neuron with Ann Thompson at McArthur Library
6-8pm: Knit-a-Neuron with Ann Thompson at Engine

Saturday, March 23, 1-4pm: Helmet Giveaway and Interactive Art with the Michael T. Goulet Foundation and Knit-a-Neuron with Ann Thompson at Engine (2pm-4pm)

Thursday, March 28, 5-8pm: “Neuroscience Discoveries and Their Impact on Medicine” UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine and MMC Neuroscience Institute @ Engine

Friday, March 29, 5-8pm: UNE Undergraduate Clubs and Biddeford ArtWalk featuring the Memory Neuron community sculpture installation and Knit-a-Neuron

Major sponsors of the exhibition include the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences and the Michael T. Goulet Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy Foundation.

Additional sponsors include:

Maine Medical Center Neuroscience Institute, P&C Insurance, Port Harbor Marine, Dennett Craig & Pate Inc., Stuart Financial, Dunston Dental, FHC Inc., Southern Maine Medical Center, Kenneally Dental, Run of the Mill, Southern Maine Marine, Saco Biddeford Savings, Saco Bay Tackle, The Cheese Iron, Dave and Melinda Anderson, Ed and Jill Bilsky, and the Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition.

“Your Brain on Art” will be on display at Engine’s gallery at 265 Main Street in Biddeford until April 6.

For more information, contact: Engine executive director Tammy Ackerman at either or 207-229-3560.