Spring Exhibition 2013: Through the Looking Glass

The MPS Art Therapy Spring Exhibition opens tomorrow!

School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “Through the Looking Glass” an exhibition of selected work by students in the MPS Art Therapy Department and the clients they work with at their internship sites. The exhibition will be on view from February 9 – March 9, 2013 at the Westside Gallery, at 141 West 21st Street, New York City.

Being truly seen by another, feeling a sense of belonging, inclusion, and purpose in the world, is a basic human need and the focus of this exhibition. Here, the art therapist’s role is recognizing, highlighting, and expanding client strengths. The gallery is viewed as an extension of traditional therapeutic space, providing the artists with an opportunity to be seen in a different context and to step outside of restricting identities. This can be quite empowering, allowing one to realize unseen capacities and connect to society in novel ways.

Student work is displayed with client work to illustrate this communication between client, therapist and viewer. Students work at internships at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Riker’s Island, The Foundling Hospital, FEGS, Montefiore Medical Center and Hudson Guild, as well as many others in and around the New York City area.

Here is a sneak peak inside the gallery:

Kaitlin Shideler

Mary Budd

Kate DeRaffele

Jacqueline Tassiello

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