Fall 2016 Lecture Series Save the Dates

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TEXTURE Exhibition

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Fountain House Gallery Fundraiser

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Class of 2016 Thesis Presentations

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‘TODAY’ Show: April 19-28

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This Week: Reflections on a Collaborative Art Process


Friday, March 25, 6:30-8pm
Community Lecture
Seen and Heard: Reflections on a Collaborative Art Process
Gemma Burgio and Valeria Koutmina
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.



This talk is born out of Gemma Burgio’s and Valeria Koutmina’s collaborative residency at the School of Visual Arts, February-March 2015. The project employed textile arts, mixed media, and written narratives to explore attachment, spontaneity, and empathic resonance. What emerged was a surprising dance between two individuals, a vacillating entity impacted directly by the participation and presence of the artists. Setting out to answer several questions about the nature of collaboration, communication and relationships, the process culminated in an oeuvre of several works which showcased the qualities of our collaborative efforts and the need for presence that was uncovered. Since that time, the work has been dismantled but the dialogue between the artists continues. It too has changed shape as we each hone our craft and develop the process individually. Join us for reflections and reactions to this experience and the applications it may have in individual and group art therapy practices.


Gemma Burgio, ATR-BC, LCAT is an SVA Art Therapy alumna. Following graduation, Gemma worked in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and the Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service program (CARES), a therapeutic high school within the Mt. Sinai-St. Luke’s Hospital system in New York City. Gemma is currently in private practice in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, an Art Therapy consultant at the Freedom Institute, and a candidate at the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (2017), within the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.


Valeria Koutmina, ATR-BC, LCAT is an SVA Art Therapy alumna. Her practice includes working with children, adolescents, and adults with special needs, mental illness, and trauma. Recently, she has introduced elements of dance and play therapies to her repertoire. Valeria’s international work includes teaching a workshop in Moscow, Russia, and most recently becoming an ambassador of the Red Pencil Humanitarian Mission which took her to Lebanon.

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Class of 2016 Thesis Presentations

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Last chance to ‘tie in’


This Saturday, March 12, will be the last day to ‘tie in’ to our Spring Exhibition. SVA’s Flatiron Gallery, 133/141 West 21 Street, 10am-6pm.


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Art Therapy as a Career

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First year student Francesca DeBiaso returned to her alma mater, Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, to present on her experiences in SVA’s Art Therapy graduate program thus far. DeBiaso was an art history major in undergrad and had a strong interest in social justice issues. The college asked her to come speak in front of students, faculty, and staff about the intersection of art therapy and social justice, especially as it pertained to her internship work with Artistic Noise. Artistic Noise serves court-involved youth ages 14-18 who have been previously incarcerated or are on probation. The mission of Artistic Noise is to empower the youth through the development of artistic skills and the safe expression of their experiences. This process gives them a voice in a system, and society, that has perhaps given up on them.

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Her talk also touched on the topics of life after college, career planning, applying to graduate school, defining art therapy and the therapeutic relationship, SVA’s graduate program curriculum, and SVA’s Special Projects offerings. Many of the students were deeply interested in learning more about how to combine art and psychology and were excited to learn how multi-faceted and relevant the field of art therapy is.

Text: Francesca DeBiaso; Photo credit: Khun Minn Ohn, Gettysburg College.

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