Alumni Exhibition: Life’s Work

Life’s Work, a Joint Exhibition of the School of Visual Arts and the Valetudo Association
September 16 – October 18, 2011
Reception: Friday, September 16, 11:30am-1:30pm

School of Visual Arts (SVA), in partnership with the Valetudo Association, presents “Life’s Work,” an exhibition of work by SVA alumni and by clients at the Maison de Santé Saint-Paul, a women’s psychiatric clinic in Saint-Rémy de Provence, France, that was once home to Vincent Van Gogh. The exhibition will take place in the historic cloister at the Maison de Santé Saint-Paul, Route des Baux, September 16 – October 18, 2011.

Saint-Rémy de Provence has near-mythical status among artists and art historians as the place where Vincent Van Gogh spent a highly productive year from 1889 – 90 following his voluntary commitment at Saint-Paul de Mausole. It is here that the artist made renowned paintings like Irises and The Starry Night, just two of more than 150 paintings produced during his stay.

The exhibition features 26 works on paper by 13 artists who graduated from the Art Therapy Department at SVA, and some 50 works by clients at Saint-Paul. The works from SVA were created in a workshop led by artist and faculty member Peter Hristoff in the spring of 2011. Participating alumni include: Sarah Amiel, Jess Benston, Amelia Morgan Camion, Julie Combal, Naomi Cohen, Suzanne Dell’Orto, Yaara Kastiel, Lauren McCarthy, Rachel Mosler, Ryan Norton, Ayde Rayas-Gribben, Susan Walton, and Amanda Zucker.

‘Life’s Work’ is the second phase of an exchange project between SVA and Valetudo that began in the fall of 2010 with the exhibition “Valetudo: Art and Healing in Provence,” which was on view in New York at SVA’s Westside Gallery August 31 – September 18, 2010. The exhibition documented the unique capacity of art as a language for expressing emotions, and the enduring role of creative expression in the healing process of artists and non-artists alike through recent paintings made by patients at the Maison de Santé Saint-Paul along with their written testimonials.

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