Participants and friends of the MPS Art Therapy program gathered on the evening of March 1 for the opening reception of See my Voice, Hear my Vision. This exhibit highlights work by second-year students and the clients they work with at their internship sites. Second-year students Samantha Tomao, Irina Derkacheva, and Katie Fitzsimmons assisted with the organization and planning of the show.
The curator, Internship Coordinator Liz Dellicarpini, ATR-BC, LCAT, explains:
“In this context, the art therapist’s role is viewed as one of supporting clients in developing and expressing their creative voice. The gallery is utilized here as an extension of the traditional therapeutic space, providing the artists with an expanded opportunity to be heard in the larger community and to be seen outside of constricting labels and identities.”
At the event, Department Chair Deborah Farber, ATR-BC, LCAT, presented several scholarships– the Estelle Bellomo Award for Excellence in Art Therapy, the Ray Levine Annual Scholarship Award, and departmental Merit Awards– to exceptional first-year students.
The exhibit is open for public viewing until March 17, 2012 in the Westside Gallery at the School of Visuals Arts, 141 West 21 Street, New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9AM-7PM and Saturday 10AM-6PM. The exhibit is sponsored by the MPS Art Therapy Department and the Visual Arts Foundation.