ART THERAPY EXHIBITION

Art Therapy Exhibition can:
- Empower client/patient(s)
- Break mental health stigma
- Educate on current issues
- Support community engagement
- Promote art therapy awareness

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BUILD BREAK REBUILD
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. 2017
Co-curator & Participating Artist

Build Break Rebuild was a collaborative art therapy exhibition between three alumni from the School of Visual Arts MPS Art Therapy graduate program as part of the SVA alumni artist residency. The idea stemmed from an interest in how found objects can be recycled and transformed into a therapeutic art intervention that also integrates concepts of sustainability through creativity.

Over two months, we traveled to Dead Horse Bay, an area just over the bridge from Rockaway Beach, to collect discarded materials in order to make art. Each of us applied our personal aesthetics to our individual artwork, while developing a collective dialogue through the art.

During the open reception, we invited guests to participate in creating a collaborative mandala using the remaining materials we collected.

YOUR TURN
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. 2017
Co-curator & Participating Artist

Your Turn was an art therapy exhibition by the graduate art therapy students at the School of Visual Arts. The exhibition centered around the use of response art to engage with the client and process the theraputic relationship. My client and I were participating artists. SVA faculty and students collaborated to curate the gallery space. Press release text below.

“Your Turn” is an exhibition organized around response art, a method of art-making that enables art therapists to process the emotional, verbal and non-verbal content that surfaces in their professional practice. In this exhibition, graduate art therapy students and participants from their internship sites invite gallery-goers to respond to their response art.

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Art therapists strive to take in what people are saying as much as possible, particularly through art materials and imagery. Making art in response to these relational situations can increase the therapist’s empathy. Sharing the results in session can validate the experience and facilitate understanding in the therapeutic relationship.

In a civic revision, “Your Turn” expands response art to the gallery-going public. Contributing and reciprocating within the greater community fosters agency and awareness for everyone involved. Sharing art outside of the norms of the confidential therapeutic space can reduce social isolation and exclusion. Visitor participation acknowledges and validates the work on display.

As visitors are drawn to artwork in the gallery, they may use the drawing materials to visually express their reflections, feelings and reactions on tickets. Containers are positioned next to the artwork to receive these responses. Tickets enable gallery-goers to speak directly to artists, facilitating a way to enhance interactions between people in and beyond the gallery. “Your Turn” tickets connect diverse people through art.

SAFE SPACE
City Access, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. 2016
Art Therapy Facilitator, Co-curator, & Participating Artist

Safe Space was a three-week art therapy project with City Access, a community program that provides assistance to adults with developmental disabilities and sensory impairments. Participants chose to explore the meaning of a “safe space” through creative expression. I acted as a an art therapy facilitator in order to support group members in their art process. Once the artwork was completed, art therapy facilitators created response art as a reflection of the “safe space” that had been created within the studio. This art was processed and exhibited alongside the group members artwork.

PRESENT ON MY PATH
Boys Hope Girls Hope, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. 2016
Art Therapy Facilitator

Present on My Path was a three-week art therapy project with Boys Hope Girls Hope, a supportive residential facility for underserved teens. Participants developed their own exhibition theme on how to be “present” as an adolescent when persons in authority are consistently asking about your future plans. Through the art-making, group members explored self identify, expression, and who they are “right now.” I acted as a an art therapy facilitator in order to support group members in their art process.

HAI GROUP SHOW
Healing Arts Initiative (HAI), School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. 2015
Art Therapy Facilitator & Co-Curator

HAI GROUP SHOW, was an exhibition to showcase artists from the Healing Arts Initiative (HAI), which is an arts program for adults with acute-mental illness. I acted as a an art therapy facilitator in order to support group members to curate their exhibition and theraputically process the experience.