MySelf: Last Week & Extended Viewing Times

The MySelf show closes on Friday, November 16.

Here are the scheduled viewing times for this week:

Monday, November 12: 12-2pm; 5-7pm
Tuesday, November 13: 12-2pm
Wednesday, November 14: 12-2pm; 5-7pm
Thursday, November 15: 10am-12pm
Friday, November 16: 3-8pm

Please contact 212.592.2610 or [email protected] to schedule additional viewing time (Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm).

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Doll Making in Art Therapy

Last week, first-year MPS Art Therapy students learned about making dolls. Dolls have been used throughout history as healing devices, scared items in religious ceremonies, and as representation of gods. They were not toys for children like they are in some cultures today because they were thought to be magical and powerful.

In art therapy, dolls are used for healing as symbolic vessels and transitional objects. Dolls create a holding space for an individual’s emotions, as well as a tangible item to enact fantasies.  Clients can project their thoughts onto the doll and share them with the art therapist during sessions. Having a doll as a metaphor to talk through makes it easier to share one’s innermost thoughts and feelings.

There are so many methods of creating dolls. In class, the students were able to make wish dolls without sewing a single thing! The name “wish dolls” comes from the ability to make the doll with a certain intention, or wish, for the creator. The students wrote down on a piece of paper something that they hoped for, crumpled it up, and used that paper as the inside of the head, which they then wrapped fabric around. In addition to the paper and fabric, the students used yarn, hot glue, beads, and other embellishments to create the wish dolls.

Written and compiled by SVA MPS Art Therapy student Ceara Genovesi (Class of 2020)

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Therapy of the Oppressed: Clinical Care in the Age of Injustice

Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s; CE hours available for LCAT’s.


Posted in Professional Development, Special Programs and Projects

Collaborative Art with Artistic Noise: Friday, November 16, 2018, 6-8pm

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November Exhibitions in Chelsea Galleries

Sadamasa Motonaga “Change/Continuity: New York 1966-67”

November 1st-December 21st

Fergus McCaffrey

514 W 26th St. New York, NY 10001

Gallery Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 10am-6pm

Focused on the time period when Motonaga was an active member of the Japanese avant-garde collective Gutai, this exhibition highlights Montonaga’s transition from existential concerns to pop culture and children’s book references. He used these not in a critical way, but to create a new language of painting through these references.

Stanley Whitey “In the Color”

November 3rd December 21st

Lisson Gallery

504 West 24th Street, NY 10011

Gallery Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 10am-6pm

Whitney’s signature style of stacked blocks of color have been redefined in a new way of airiness and liveliness. This exhibition reveals Whitney’s appreciation and dedication to color and how important color is to him.

Janaina Tschäpe “HumidGray and ShadowLake”

October 26th-December 8th

Sean Kelly Gallery

475 10th Ave. New York, NY 10018

Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm

Tschäpe’s paintings illustrate incredible ability to use delicate mediums on a large scale, creating a style of abstraction that demonstrate transitioning and change of organic forms. She uses color, form, and allusions to landscape and memory to create the evocative pieces seen in this exhibition.

Written and Compiled by MPS Art Therapy Student, Ceara Genovesi (Class of 2020)

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Travel Sketching Workshop

On Friday, October 26, several MPS Art Therapy students, alumni, and staff participated in a Travel Sketching Workshop with Erin Hill. Based on her experience as an art director, in graphic design, fine art, and illustration, Erin Hill has created the Travel Sketching Program, a pared down and easy-to-learn approach to location sketching and use of color. This is a great tool to help clients who feel limited in their art-making abilities.

SVA MPS Art Therapy students, alumni, and staff with Erin Hill

Posted in Alumni, Art, Faculty, Professional Development, Special Programs and Projects, Students, Workshops

MPS Art Therapy Information Session: Saturday, November 17, 12-3pm

This large group information session will consist of a panel discussion with students, alumni, and faculty of the MPS Art Therapy program; a tour of the MySelf exhibition; and an art-making exercise.

Please RSVP.

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“MySelf” in the Press

“MySelf,” an exhibition featuring artwork and writing created by people incarcerated on Rikers Island, is on view at the SVA MPS Art Therapy 5th floor gallery space.  The exhibition was recently featured in the press, with an article by AM New York, and an interview with curator and MPS Art Therapy alumna Lesley Achitoff on BronxNet.


The exhibition is on view through November 16.  Public viewing hours are as follows:

Monday: 12pm-2pm, 5pm-7pm

Tuesday: 12pm-2pm

Wednesday: 12pm-2pm, 5pm-7pm

Thursday: 12pm-2pm

Friday: 3pm-5pm

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3 Questions with Lukas Prokes

SVA alumni, Lukas Prokes PhD, ATR, LCAT, received his MPS in Art Therapy from SVA and his PsyD in Clinical Psychology. Mr. Prokes divides his time between private practice and as a founder of a non-profit organization The Half Full Institute Inc., Mr. Prokes works with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and adjustment problems, such as stress, anxiety, and relationship problems.

 Lukas will be giving a Community Lecture on Ethics and Technology on October 19, 2018.

 In your own words could you briefly explain what influenced the topic you will speaking upon?

 When I first thought about this topic, I knew I wanted to revisit traditional approaches and theories to ethics, given our current political climate.

I believe it is important to think critically about our contemporary love and hate attitudes towards technology, the social effects (both positive and negative) of technology in daily life, and how we define the ethical use of technology in counseling.

 You’re an SVA alumni. What ideas or experiences have you have obtained here that prepared you for the workforce after graduation?

For me, the defining experience I had at SVA that prepared me for the workforce after graduation was the combination of being in personal therapy and the professional internships, which were supported by knowledgeable and passionate onsite and school supervisors. The encouragement, inspiration and constant support from faculty members to discover our best potential as individuals and professionals had a profound effect not only on my immediate education but also on my experience in the workforce after graduation.

Having the knowledge you do now, what advice would you say to art therapy students to prepare for success?

I would tell SVA art therapy students to be open-minded when looking for a new job.  Don’t limit yourself to the job description of an art therapist.  There are many therapeutic occupations for which you will be qualified, and to which you can bring your love, creativity and unique perspective of this profession to your clients.  Try to connect with co-workers, supervisors, beyond your ideal job search – create positive work relationships, and those relationships will help to lead you to your success.


Community Lecture Series: Ethics and Technology

Friday, October 19, 2018


133/141 West 21st Street, Room 101C

Free and Open to the Public


Written and Compiled by SVA MPS Art Therapy student Adrian Smith


Posted in 3 Questions, Alumni, Faculty, Professional Development, Special Programs and Projects

Artistic Noise Public Collaborative Art Event

A group of artists prepare a mural, working from a projected image on a wall in an art studio space.

Friday, November 16, 6-8pm
Artistic Noise Public Collaborative Art Event
132 West 21 Street, 5th Floor Studio
Open to the Public
The young people of Artistic Noise, in collaboration with MPS Art Therapy, invite the public to participate in their mural installation. Collaboration involves offering the youth creative opportunities to assume leadership and receive social support.  Artistic Noise is a private nonprofit that exists to bring the freedom and power of artistic practice to young people who are incarcerated, on probation, or otherwise involved in the justice system.
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