The thesis presentations by the class of 2018 on Friday, April 20, 2018 were a success–a success that was shared with the upcoming class of 2019. As the class of 2018 will soon be out in the field, the current first-year students will soon be working on their thesis presentations. Last Friday first-year students were able to support their soon-to-be colleagues as the class of 2018 presented a variety of compelling research. This was also an opportunity for the class of 2019 to mentally prepare for the upcoming thesis work that will coincide with completion of the SVA MPS Art Therapy program. First-year students Ariel Roland Waring and Jenny Asaro shared their thoughts on the experience:
Ariel: The thesis presentations that stood out for me were the ones that utilized interviews–more of a traditional or experimental thesis, which is similar to my educational background. One focused on the experience of foreign-born art therapists [Haylie Chang, Class of 2018] and another on the experiences had by Muslim art therapists while working with clients, staff and in their education [Saeideh Golji, Class of 2018]. Seeing these presentations made the idea of a thesis less intimidating. I had been stewing ideas in my head, so it was validating to see others present case presentations with an experimental framework. I thought, “Oh this isn’t so bad. I can do this.” Also, it was exciting to see research happening in the field and not just reading about it in class. Seeing work done by future colleagues made me excited to add to it.
Jenny: I was pleased to see the work of the second-year students shared so eloquently–I walked away feeling inspired and more at ease with the idea of completing thesis research. In particular I was struck by a self-study which explored countertransference through process art [Glorianny Guzman, Class of 2018]. The presentation was insightful and showed how self-reflection could deeply inform clinical work and be shared for the work of others. It was helpful to see the variety of research presented, which also included individual and group case studies. Seeing the range of presentations opened up possibilities for my own research and helped to clarify what will be expected of my work next year. I feel relieved knowing it is attainable and excited to see the thesis research that develops from the work of my peers.
Written and compiled by Jenny Asaro, Class of 2019
Lindsay Lederman, ATR-BC, LCAT, ATCS, is a practicing art therapist and one of the newest additions to our faculty. She is currently teaching Adult Art Development with Judith A. Jordan, PHD, LCSW, CASAC. The class examines character development of adults over the life-cycle with a focus on trauma, clinical interventions and art therapy treatment approaches. Recently, Lindsay introduced soft art sculpture to the class in an experiential using fabric and sewing materials.
1.Can you describe your rationale behind presenting the soft arts to our MPS Art Therapy students?
The use of sewing materials and fabric brings up attachment content; the act of sewing is a metaphor for literal attachment and the softness of the fabric has a soothing quality, like a baby’s blanket. My second year internship supervisor ran a soft arts group, which has informed this work in the classroom. Experientials are a way to connect the reading and theory to the classroom experience, as well as to clinical use. Students should embody the processes that they will use with clients; the personal process informs the client experience. Covering attachment topics in class can be difficult, touching on students’ own traumas and attachment patterns. The self-soothing quality of this art process is a way to be able to connect to these themes while engaging in self-care. In this case, the students were able to walk away with an object, the soft sculpture, which can make learning about attachment feel safer.
2. How has your education at SVA informed the work you do now as a professor and an art therapist?
As a new professor I remember my experience as a student; I had a great experience at SVA and I hope to provide a similar experience for my students now. The classroom experience is a microcosm, an environment which can be very important to an art therapist in training. As a clinician, I find myself using a person-centered approach which I developed through my education at SVA. I practice meeting people where they are at and have learned to trust the process. Sometimes it is easy to question the impact of the work we do, but I recognize that movement and positive changes in treatment are sometimes hard to see. I find that reflecting on the art that comes from session allows me and the client to see changes through the artwork.
3. Can you discuss your own creative process and how that interacts with your professional life?
My world with art therapy started with my own art process, which is focused on painting. After completing my undergraduate in psychology I was taking art classes and a professor commented on the emotional quality of my artwork and suggested I look into the field of art therapy. Soon after I was in the library researching art therapy, amazed no one had suggested it to me before. Artwork is so reflective. It provides insight into the self–how you feel things, what you pick up from others. I truly believe art is a mirror to part of the psyche which, maybe some people have access to, but I don’t. I need to call myself on it when I don’t do art because I recognize the avoidance of an artwork as significant. It’s a way to hold myself accountable; I currently have a canvas in progress and a blank canvas at home. I find it easier sometimes to be creative during my breaks at work.
Lindsay is a dedicated professor, therapist and supervisor. She holds an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and her masters degree from SVA’s MPS Art Therapy Program. Lindsay began her career at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center as the first art therapist in their child and family outpatient clinic. Later she joined CARES–their adolescent day program. She then started the first art therapy program at Nemour’s Hospital for Children and is currently the Clinical Director at The Art Therapy Project. Lindsay’s work is enlivened by her passion for sharing the power of art therapy to help those who have endured trauma.
Written and compiled by Jenny Asaro, MPS Art Therapy Class of 2019
The evolution of technology has undeniably revolutionized our interaction with the world. From our cultural mores to our daily regimens, technology’s advancement has largely industrialized humanity. Even so, the presence of technology among various occupational sectors is remarkable. Its incorporation into the workforce has provided some of the most advantageous solutions to cataclysmic conditions experienced by mankind. Art therapy is among one of the rising industries to embrace such change; technology is being interwoven into the field in marveling ways. One recent groundbreaking method has been the exploration and benefits of utilizing virtual reality within the art therapy practice. There are several websites and apps, such as Sketchfab and Tilt Brush, that allow you to view and create VR artwork that utilizes both commercially accessible and high-end equipment. This creates a nice segue into virtual reality art, allowing the viewer to experience the scale, volume, brushstrokes, and animated qualities of VR forms even if direct access to high-end VR art-making tools are limited.Utilizing virtual reality in art therapy allows the participant to fully immerse themselves in the creative process while harmoniously integrating self-enrichment, expression, exploration, and encourages dialogue between the participant and their inner world. Due to its infinite canvas capabilities, virtual reality offers endless possibilities to engage both therapeutically and creatively in art making.
Video provided by Tilt Brush by Google .
MPS Art Therapy alum Karen Gibbons (Class of 2005) will be discussing her current show, Luminous Paradox, now on view at 440 Gallery, 440 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, on
Join us for a lively conversation with Karen Gibbons about her solo show, Luminous Paradox. Also joining in are the three artists in the project space discussing their exhibition, Composite, featuring new work by Leigh Blanchard, Gail Flanery, and David Stock. After the talk, stay for the closing party!
Boys Hope Girls Hope, located in Brooklyn, NY, is a college preparatory boarding program that caters to socioeconomically and disadvantaged high school students who are academically capable and motivated for educational success. This non-profit organization provides young men and women with a safe and stable living environment, academic and social support, and the guidance necessary to actuate their potential for academic achievement. Additionally, BHGH scholars are offered a variety of workshops throughout the school year for both personal and professional enrichment. Art therapy has been integrated into the program to provide additional support to the scholars by offering a space for creative expression, awareness and development of interpersonal skills, group cohesion, and to explore one’s self identity. Art therapy at Boys Hope Girls Hope is offered in individual and group sessions, as well as open studio format.
Corresponding the theme of Spring Forward, scholars participated in a 2-day expressive arts workshop aimed towards self-awareness by challenging them to assess deterring factors of the self and to identify the necessary actions to move toward growth through self-actualization. Scholars were able to choose between the following modalities of artistic expression: visual arts, theatre, poetry, and hip-hop. The visual arts workshop was held at the School of Visual Arts and was facilitated by alumna Naomi Cohen-Thompson (c/o 2008), ATR-BC, LCAT of Boys Hope Girls Hope NY, and SVA MPS Art Therapy students William McMillin, Amanda Clelland, Kayley Giorgini, and KasMoné Williams. Scholars were offered a variety of materials to communicate their move toward growth through mixed media.
Performances by scholars who participated in the other expressive arts will take place at the Spring Forward exhibition reception held tonight, Friday, April 13, 2018 at 5:30 to 7pm, curated by Naomi Cohen-Thompson, ATR-BC, LCAT. The event is free and open to the public. The artwork created for the Spring Forward exhibition is available to view until April 14, 2018 by appointment through the MPS Art Therapy Department at the School of Visual Arts.
Exhibition: Cosima von Bonin: What if it Barks? – Authority Puree
Address: 456 W18th Street
Dates: February 23th – April 28th
WHAT IF IT BARKS? featuring AUTHORITY PURÉE, von Bonin’s first full scale installation at Petzel’s 18th Street location (her eighth show with the gallery), is marked by more curious incongruities. The artist’s marine motif is updated and extended in the gallery space to a sweeping fish farm: A group of polyester shark heads lurk in the open tops of wooden barrels—each jaw smirks, gnarling a soft toy rocket. Robed mackerel in synchronized display appear alongside bass-guitar and ukulele toting piscine beings, accented by 1970s-style short-board surfboards. But life is not all aquatic: Suspended from the ceiling an open, oversized cat food can exhales contiguous puffs. Printed on the side in white lettering are the words, “AUTHORITY PURÉE”. Von Bonin’s signature ‘rags’ or cloth paintings dangle from the gallery walls and dive deeper into nautical spheres.
Paul Kasmin Gallery
Exhibition: Alex Katz: Cut Outs
Address: 294 Tenth Ave – 515 W27 Street. 10001
Dates: March 8th – April 12th
Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of “Cut Outs” sculpture editioned by Alex Katz. “Cut Outs” demonstrates the artist’s ongoing investigation into the properties of visual perception and the brilliance of surface as represented and rendered in the human figure. Since the 1950s, this dedication to figurative realism—informed by the scale and power of Abstract Expressionism and utilizing the graphic language of advertising that anticipated Pop—has marked Katz as one of the most inventive and technically achieved artists of the twentieth and twenty-first century.
Exhibition: Cyprien Gaillard: Nightlife
Address: 530 W 21st Street. 10011
Dates: February 23rd – April 14th
Gladstone Gallery is pleased to present Cyprien Gaillard’s second exhibition with the gallery in New York and the United States premiere of his film, Nightlife. Shot entirely at night over the course of two years, this three-dimensional film connects a series of divergent natural and cultural phenomena throughout Cleveland, Los Angeles and Berlin. Organized into distinct chapters, Nightlife optically, audibly and conceptually brings together an obscure yet significant mix of historical monuments and occurrences, forming a hyper psychedelic experience. This ambitious production ties together several key themes that recur throughout the artist’s oeuvre, such as cultural relics, preservation and entropy, and speaks to the multidisciplinary nature of his practice.
Exhibition: Wolfgang Tillmans: Hong Kong
Address: 525 W19th Street. 10011
Dates: March 26th – May 12th
David Zwirner is pleased to present Wolfgang Tillmans’s first exhibition in Hong Kong at its newly opened gallery in H Queen’s, Central. Following the artist’s solo exhibitions at Tate Modern, London (2017), Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2017), Kunstverein in Hamburg (2017), and most recently his first show in Africa at the Musée d’Art Contemporain et Multimédias in Kinshasa (2018), this presentation will feature a broad selection of works that respond to their surroundings and simultaneously embody a self-contained environment. Including many new photographs not publicly shown before, the exhibition will juxtapose pictures of friendship and affection with views and angles of the world at large. An audio work in the stairwell generated from sounds of nearby pedestrian crossings adds a distinctly local dimension.
-Dylan Shuai, Rosanna Herries, Ridley Cheung
Compiled by: Work Study Student, Alyana Gonzalez.