MPS Art Therapy Department Conference 2013: Perception of Identity Through Art

The MPS Art Therapy Department at the School of Visual Arts,

in conjunction with The Visual Arts Foundation, announces our


28th Annual

Art Therapy Conference

Perception of Identity Through Art:

How Narrative and Perspective Shape Understanding

Friday, March 15, 2013, 8:30am-4pm

The Department’s annual conference will feature speakers from diverse backgrounds who will discuss how social, cultural, and personal viewpoints impact perception and art therapy practice.

Special Guest Presenters:

Savneet Talwar

Teju Cole

Panel Discussion:

Savneet Talwar, Teju Cole,

Jennifer Christine Nash, Pablo Helguera,

and Eileen McGann

SVA Theatre

333 West 23 Street, New York, NY 10011


To register or for more information, please email, or call 212.592.2610


General Public: $75

SVA alumni: $50

Non-SVA Students: $20

SVA MPS Art Therapy Alumni, SVA On-site Supervisors, SVA students, faculty & staff: FREE

Please tell us which of the above you are when you register.

All proceeds from the conference will go to the Ray Levine

Art Therapy Scholarship Fund of the Visual Arts Foundation.


Please make checks or money orders payable to:

The School of Visual Arts

and mail them to the Art Therapy Department,

School of Visual Arts, 209 East 23 Street, NYC, 10010.

Attendees may also register for the event by email and pay at the door.

Check, money order, and credit card accepted at the door, but not cash.


4 CEC’s available for ATR-BCs




Conference Schedule


Registration and Continental Breakfast



Opening Statements



Savneet Talwar, PhD

Associate Professor of Art Therapy,

School of the Art Institute of Chicago



Morning Break



Teju Cole

Writer, art historian, street photographer,

Distinguished Writer in Residence, Bard College



Lunch Break



Panel Discussion

Savneet Talwar and Teju Cole will be joined by

Jennifer Christine Nash, PhD (Assistant Professor of American Studies, The George Washington University) and Pablo Helguera (Artist, Educator, Director of Adult and Academic Programs at the Museum of Modern Art) for a panel discussion addressing Perception of Identity Through Art. Eileen McGann (ATR-BC, LCAT, SVA Faculty) will moderate the panel.



Reception in the lobby of the SVA Theatre



Information about the Presenters

Savneet Talwar

Savneet Talwar is currently an Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has also taught at George Washington University, Southern Illinois University, and the St. Louis Institute of Art Psychotherapy. Her full Teaching/Administrative and Clinical Experience as well as a list of her research, publications and presentations can be viewed on her website.


Savneet Talwar

Talwar’s Teaching Statement: My teaching relates directly to my research and scholarship. In them, I investigate contemporary American culture and systems of meaning as they relate to art therapy practice and pedagogy. By taking an interdisciplinary approach and stressing a critical intersectional perspective that takes full account of race, class, gender and sexuality, as I try to enrich art therapy practice. In my teaching and research, I explore the construction of identity and difference, focusing on identity formation and its place in human development from a socio-cultural perspective. I am interested in processes of change that occur within the therapeutic relationship as they relate to individuals, groups and in community based settings.



Teju Cole

Teju Cole, writer, art historian, street photographer, was born in the US to Nigerian parents, raised in Nigeria, and lives in Brooklyn. Author of two books, a novella, Every Day is for the Thief, and a novel, Open City, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York City Book Award for Fiction, and the Rosenthal Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and the Ondaatje Prize of the Royal Society of Literature. Contributor to the New York Times, the New Yorker, Qarrtsiluni, the Atlantic, Granta, Aperture, Transition, A Public Space, and is a contributing editor at the New Inquiry. Currently at work on a book-length non-fiction narrative of Lagos, and on a Twitter project called small fates.


Photo Credit: Teju Cole

The White-Savior Industrial Complex:

Video Interview from WYNC:

Lectures at Harvard:


Jennifer Christine Nash

Jennifer Christine Nash is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at George Washington University. Nash’s work focuses on black feminism, black sexual politics, race and visual culture, and race and law. To date, her research has centered on two related areas:  first, she has studied representations of black bodies in visual culture, with a particular interest in sexualized images of black female bodies. Second, she has written about black feminism as an intellectual and political tradition, focusing on intersectionality and, more recently, on black feminism’s love-politics. She held fellowships at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research and at Columbia University’s Society of Fellows. Her research has also been supported by the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in Women’s Studies.


Jennifer Christine Nash


Pablo Helguera

Pablo Helguera is a New York based artist working with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, socially engaged art and performance. Helguera’s work focuses in a variety of topics ranging from history, pedagogy, sociolinguistics, ethnography, memory and the absurd, in formats that are widely varied including the lecture, museum display strategies, musical performances and written fiction. His work as an educator has usually intersected his interest as an artist, making his work often reflects on issues of interpretation, dialogue, and the role of contemporary culture in a global reality. This intersection is best exemplified in his project, “The School of Panamerican Unrest”, a nomadic think-tank that physically crossed the continent by car from Anchorage, Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, making 40 stops in between. Covering almost 20,000 miles, it is considered one of the most extensive public art projects on record.

Helguera performed individually at the Museum of Modern Art /Gramercy Theater, in 2003, where he showed his work “Parallel Lives”. His musical composition, “Endingness” has been performed  by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Helguera has exhibited or performed at venues such as the Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; ICA Boston;  RCA London; 8th Havana Biennal, PERFORMA 05, Havana; Shedhalle, Zurich; MoMA P.S.1, New York; Brooklyn Museum; IFA Galerie, Bonn; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo; MALBA museum in Buenos Aires, Ex-Teresa Espacio Alternativo in Mexico City, The Bronx Museum, Artist Space, and Sculpture Center, amongst many others. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, Artforum, The New York Times, ArtNews, amongst others. In 2008 he was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and also was the recipient of a 2005Creative Capital Grant. In 2011 he was named winner of the International Award of Participatory Art of the Region Emilia-Romagna in Italy.


Pablo Helguera

Helguera has worked since 1991 in a variety of contemporary art museums, most recently as head of public programs at the Education department of the Guggenheim Museum in New York (1998-2005). Since 2007, he is Director of Adult and Academic programs at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He has organized close to 1000 public events in conjunction with nearly 100 exhibitions. In 2010 he was appointed pedagogical curator of the 8th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil, which took place in September, 2011. He is currently Senior Resident of Location One in New York. He will be presenting a solo exhibition at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City in 2012.

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