2016 Juried Art Exhibition / Bitter Pill:  Montana Lives Affected by Rx Abuse

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Purpose of Exhibition

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the District of Montana U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Montana Attorney General’s Office Resolve Montana initiative are proud to present Bitter Pill:  Montana Lives Affected by Rx Abuse, an art exhibition that aims to express the human side of prescription drug abuse and recovery.  Artwork can be an effective and unique medium to bring the conversation about prescription drug abuse and the toll it exacts on our families, friends, and neighbors to a broad audience. The Bitter Pill exhibition showcases works from more than 30 amateur and professional artists from across Montana whose pieces examine the state’s prescription drug abuse epidemic.

Through their art and accompanying statements, the artists present the pain and struggles that prescription drug abuse can create.  Some artists explore issues such as personal loss, lies told to mask ugly truths, and the effect prescription drug abuse has on the people around the abusers.  Others explore the ability of support networks to provide help without judgment, the blessing of second chances, the ability to break the cycle of prescription drug abuse, and the healing of wounds on the path toward recovery. The Bitter Pill art showcase provides the opportunity for positive community discussion that not only reflects on the effects of prescription medication abuse within the community, but does so from the perspectives of those struggling with the effects most.

Scheduled Shows



Red Lodge – Elks Lodge #534 
114 North Broadway
May 4, 6:00 pm

Drug Awareness Community Presentation:  Follow up to last year’s Red Ribbon presentations by the Elks at all Carbon County schools.  This event focuses on educating adults in the community about substance abuse issues and prevention.

Billings – Skyview High School



Check back for information about additional showings as they are added.

The Bitter Pill Exhibition has already traveled to:
Billings Public Library, Helena State Capitol Rotunda, Helena Staggering Ox,
Helena Joseph P. Mazurek Justice Building, Missoula Zootown Arts Community Center, Ferguson High School and Central Montana Medical Center in Lewiston, the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Folklore Coffee and the library in Conrad, Great Falls Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Elk’s Lodge #463 in Bozeman, Dawson Community College in Glendive.


Resolve Montana – Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Program
Office of the Attorney General
Department of Justice
P.O. Box 200151
Helena, MT 59620-0151
Phone: (406) 444-2649
Fax: (406) 442-1894
Email: [email protected]