Director’s Creativity Showcase 2017



The Director’s Creativity Showcase was a huge success, with 255 pieces of artwork submitted.  A special thanks to all the very talented artists that submitted an entry!  


To view the schedule for the 2017 Traveling Showcase and to check out the award winners, select the appropriate tab below.


Also visit our photo gallery for other pictures from the Showcase.


CLICK HERE to download & print the 2017 Director’s Creativity Showcase Traveling Show Schedule.


CLICK HERE for a list of Award Winners

CLICK HERE to view pictures of the Award Winners


Director’s Creativity Showcase

Timeline of Activities



Director’s Showcase Activity

Early October

Announcement of the annual art contest, including the guidelines, entry form, release form and other pertinent information is distributed.

E-mail notifications from the Missouri Mental Health Foundation and DMH Central Office to DMH facilities and partner organizations.  MMHF will also share this announcement on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

January 31st

Deadline for the submission of the artwork and formsNOTE:  Periodic reminders are distributed between October and January via e-mail and social media posts.


Artwork submissions are judged by community volunteers.  The artwork is judged the first part of March, while on display at the Missouri Department of Mental Health – Central Office in Jefferson City for a 2-day period.  At this time, the artwork is also available for purchase (after judging is completed).


Certificate and cash award sent to the award winners


Participation Certificates are sent to all artists


Artwork on Display & For Sale, if applicable — at the annual Mental Health Champions’ Banquet in Jefferson City, scheduled for June 14, 2017.


Artwork is selected for the annual Traveling Showcase.  Making the artwork available for public viewing is one way we can help reduce stigma and raise awareness of issues impacting individuals and families living with mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance use disorders.


Notification to Artists: Traveling Showcase Artwork — letters are sent to the artists and facility contact persons notifying them their artwork was selected for the annual Traveling Showcase.  The notification will state the artwork will be retained until January, after the last traveling show in December.  In January, arrangements will be made to return the artwork to the artist.


Arrangements are underway to return the artwork not included in the Traveling Show.  Some of the artwork is returned via a mail delivery service, while larger and more delicate pieces are returned by DMH or facility/organization staff based on their travels to the general location of the artist.

August – December

Traveling Show Artwork is displayed at multiple venues throughout Missouri.

Early October

Initiate the process for next year’s Director’s Creativity Showcase entries


Arrangements are underway to return the artwork from the prior year’s Traveling Showcase.

To download a copy of this timeline:  dcs-timeline-2016-attachment-d

This event is sponsored by the Missouri Mental Health Foundation and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

For questions, please contact the Missouri Mental Health Foundation at (573) 635-9201 or mmhf@missourimhf.org





Who can enter the competition?

This competition is open to any individual receiving services through the Missouri Department of Mental Health provider network.

When are artwork entries accepted?

  • Entries are accepted November 1st through the end of January. (Specific deadlines will be announced each year)
  • Entry forms must be completed and affixed to artwork as specified in the Guidelines, as well as a SIGNED release form submitted for every artist.
  • Failure to submit a release form and/or completed entry form could exclude the artwork from being judged.

Cash Awards:

Mental Illness, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Use Disorders’ categories:  1st – 5th place will be awarded:

1st place   =   $200

2nd place   =   $150

3rd place   =   $100

4th place   =   $75

5th place   =   $25

Photography category, 1st – 3rd place will be awarded:

1st place   =   $150

2nd place   =   $100

3rd place   =   $75

Professional category – Best of Show will be awarded   =   $250


ENTRY FORM   (click here)

Entry form must be completed and attached to the back of the artwork.

Limit one (1) entry per person, unless you are also participating in a group submission (see Guidelines for details)

Deadline for submission for entries is Friday, January 27, 2017 UNLESS you are delivering your entry to a facility for delivery to Jefferson City.  If so, you must have your entry to that facility at least one week earlier (by January 20, 2017) so that it can be transported and delivered to Jefferson City by the deadline.


RELEASE FORM    (click here)

A release form, signed by the artist/guardian, as well as a witness, MUST accompany all art, photos, and craft items submitted.  Please do NOT attach the release form directly to the artwork.  This form should be submitted separately, and will be retained by MMHF.

Artists should be aware that their work may be placed on public display and that confidentiality is not possible if their name is visible when displaying their artwork

A signed release form allows the Missouri Mental Health Foundation and the Missouri Department of Mental Health to display the artwork, as well as use images of the art in its promotional materials.


Entries may be delivered or mailed to:

Department of Mental Health

Office of Public and Legislative Affairs

Attn:  Debra Walker

1706 E. Elm Street

Jefferson City, MO 65101




Missouri Mental Health Foundation

Attn: Rachelle Masters

221 Metro Drive, Suite C

Jefferson City, MO  65109

Also to save on the cost of mailing artwork, you may deliver entries to a participating Department of Mental Health facility or provider agency.  (IF YOU DELIVER ARTWORK TO A FACILITY THE DEADLINE FOR DELIVERY TO THE FACILITY IS ONE WEEK BEFORE THE STATED DEADLINE TO ALLOW TIME FOR ARTWORK TO BE TRANSPORTED TO JEFFERSON CITY IN TIME).  Arrangements will be made with the facilities to transport the artwork to Jefferson City.

A listing of participating facilities and contact names is posted each year.