The Mural Project: A Collaborative Public Event

“We are strong young New Yorkers. We believe major problems in our society are racism and ignorance; people who are hypocritical, dishonest, stubborn, judgmental, unwelcoming, closed-minded and disrespectful. Our collaborative murals ask the question ‘WHAT IF…?’

What if we work together to create a better place? We ask you to join us by listening, asking questions, having patience, putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, learning, agreeing to disagree, surrounding yourself with positivity and passionate people, making art, & having fun.”

The Mural Project: A Collaborative Public Event
Friday, March 13, 2020, 5-7 pm
132 West 21st Street, 5th floor

The mural project is made possible through a collaboration between Artistic Noise and SVA MPS Art Therapy. Artistic Noise is a private nonprofit that exists to bring the freedom and power of artistic practice to young people who are incarcerated, on probation, or otherwise involved in the justice system. For more information contact Liz DelliCarpini at

Posted in 2020, Art, Special Programs and Projects

New Exhibitions at the Chelsea Galleries

Jessica Stoller: Spread

P.P.O.W Gallery, 535 West 22nd St. New York, NY 10011

Dates: January 9th – February 15th, 2020

“Working in the realm of figurative sculpture, Stoller mines the rich and complicated history of porcelain, harnessing its links to power, desire, and taste. Synthesizing the cultural, historical, and corporeal notions of the female body, Stoller expands feminist visual vernacular and makes space for subversion, defiance and play. Deftly employing myriad techniques over the past six years, Stoller’s complex works are hand-built, thrown, carved, molded and ultimately fired multiple times to create richly colored surfaces. The works on view marry a dizzying array of the imagined, idealized and grotesque. For Stoller the ‘grotesque’ becomes a powerful tool to challenge patriarchal power structures, as female figures flaunt what they are told to hide, reveling in their own pleasure abjection. With masterful technical finesse, Stoller sculpts wrinkles, pimples, piercings, cellulite, and sagging flesh that writhes and pulsates with energy.”

Kim Gordon: Bonfire

303 Gallery, 555 West 21st St. New York, NY 10011

Dates: January 10th – February 22nd, 2020

“In a series of new works on canvas, Gordon presents a world of safety and familial intimacy surreptitiously undermined by insidious, unseen forces. Photographs of a group of revelers huddling around a beach bonfire are softened and overlaid with digital framing marks around the human figures, suggesting surveillance technology or facial recognition software. These images are emblematic of a new reality where no moment goes uncaptured, and where even the most ordinary events are packaged and sold, like an Airbnb listing promising a branded experience of intimacy. Gordon amplifies this phenomenon, referencing iconography from the world of music as it dovetails with youthful rebellion. The various crops and crosshairs allude to the logos of both Black Flag and Public Enemy, two groups emblematic of questioning authority and rising above structural oppression. Gordon’s emphases seem to echo their animosity, drawing the very same lines as our tyrannical tech overlords, yet with the express purpose of reasserting control of our own dominions.”

Works from the 1980s/Conceptual Photography

Marlborough Gallery, 545 West 25th St. New York, NY 10001

Dates: January 28th – February 22nd, 2020

“Marlborough is pleased to announce two related group exhibitions including works spanning three decades. The downstairs galleries will feature larger scale works from the 1980s, which speak to the diversity and range of practices prevalent during that decade. The upstairs gallery will include a group of photo-based conceptual works from the 1960s and the 1970s.”–conceptual-photography7

Michael Rakowitz: The invisible enemy should not exist (Room F, section 1, Northwest Palace of Nimrud)

Jane Lombard Gallery, 518 West 19th St. New York, NY 10011

Dates: January 9th – February 22nd, 2020

“Rakowitz’s ongoing project, The invisible enemy should not exist, was first shown in 2007 at the former Lombard-Freid Gallery. For the initial iteration, Rakowitz merged data from the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, UCLA, and Interpol, to recreate artifacts that were destroyed or looted from the National Museum of Iraq following the 2003 US invasion, crafted out of Middle Eastern food packaging, Arabic newspapers, and other found media. Rakowitz’s reliefs from the Palace of Nimrud continue to inspire conversations about colonialism, preservation, and the culturcide of a civilization.”

Vernacular Women

Ricco/Maresca Gallery, 529 West 20th St. New York, NY 10011

Dates: January 17th – March 7th, 2020

“Vernacular Woman presents depictions of women in several mediums (paintings, works on paper, and sculpture) by self-taught, outsider, and anonymous artists active in the United States between the late 18th century and the present year. We understand “woman” here as a visual idea; a familiar archetypal form, but also as a fluid concept that becomes richer and more nuanced with each distinct portrayal. As a collective, the women represented here tell an intriguing, open-ended story that bridges the ordinary with the uncanny and the frankly histrionic. The works in this exhibition are conventional, taboo, raw, sophisticated, disturbing, playful, beautiful, bizarre, perverse, hermetic, transparent… They speak to us with a sincerity, and a vitality, that comes from being unaware and unafraid of rules and expectations.”

Doug Wheeler

David Zwirner Gallery, 519 West 19th St. New York, NY 10011

Dates: January 24th – March 21st, 2020

“Over the past five decades, Wheeler has become known for his innovative constructions and installations that engage with the perception and experience of light, space, and sound. Although Wheeler began his career as a painter, his wall-mounted artworks soon began incorporating light as a medium and quickly gave way to an art-historical breakthrough: the construction of an absolute light environment, created in his Venice Beach studio in 1967. On view at the gallery will be an installation by the artist that further expands on his earliest investigations of the possibilities of luminous space.”

Posted in 2020, Art, Exhibition, Galleries

MPS Art Therapy Student Highlight: Julia Ponce

MPS Art Therapy: What inspired you to pursue a career in Art Therapy?

Julia: My industrial design background helped me to find art therapy because my undergrad thesis was to create a product to help children express their emotions. Through the research for it, I discovered art therapy and I knew it was something I had to learn more about.

MPS Art Therapy: How did you decide to come to SVA?

Julia: SVA was my first choice, but due to life circumstances I decided to go to another school. Unfortunately, towards the end of my first year as a graduate student, I received an email saying that the school was going to close. Therefore, I needed to transfer schools. I started reaching out to schools and SVA was helpful in assisting me with the transferring process. Thus, here I am!

MPS Art Therapy: What is your favorite part of the program?

Julia: The supervision class is my favorite part of the program because of the space it provides for us. In it, we are encouraged to share the goings-on of our internships, which is very supportive for us. Also, the experientials we do in class is so beneficial and helps me to understand art therapy better.

MPS Art Therapy: Tell us about your internship: where, what population, and what you like about it.

Julia: I work in a high school for students with special needs. I love everything about it! My supervisor is teaching me so much about how to help this population. I love that art therapy is incorporated into their curriculum. The school treats art therapy with the importance it deserves. The students themselves literally bring light and energy to every session. 

MPS Art Therapy: What is your advice for those considering a career in Art Therapy?

Definitely do your research when it comes to applying and choosing which Master’s program to attend. If you feel in your gut that you are drawn to art therapy, it probably means you are meant to do that, so do it! Also, be prepared to sit with personal experiences that might not be comfortable. Sitting with that uncomfortability is a part of the process.

Posted in 2020, Art, Students

Mural Project Collaboration: Public Event

Recently, the Mural Project collaboration between Artistic Noise and SVA Art Therapy expanded participation during a public community art event. Thanks to all that contributed!

One A&E participant’s mode of public collaboration
Artistic Noise A&E participant leading a public discussion about her mural
Artistic Noise A&E participants leading the public collaborative event
A&E participants selling handmade holiday cards

Posted in 2020, Art, Special Programs and Projects, Students

Future Art Therapists Prepare for the Professional World

Community Access is a second-year class that prepares MPS Art Therapy students to enter the professional world. During the first class of the Spring 2020 semester, students were asked to imagine their future career, and consider how four aspects- money, passion, work-life balance, and professionalism- relate to that vision. To aid in the exercise, students chose pieces of colored paper to represent each of the four aspects and arranged them on a piece of cardstock.

Some students were surprised by the outcome. One student mentioned that she realized there was more to consider than just those four elements. This experiential can be replicated using a variety of concepts to meet whatever a client’s specific needs are.

Posted in 2020, Art, In Class, Students

MPS Art Therapy Special Project: Gilda’s Club

Last week, MPS Art Therapy students accompanied SVA’s Special Projects Coordinator, Val Sereno, to Gilda’s Club NYC. Gilda’s Club is an organization that provides free cancer support groups, lectures, social events, and workshops for cancer patients and their families.

During this special project, MPS Art Therapy students facilitated collage portrait making with the participants. This enabled participants to consider and convey aspects of themselves in a visual format. Some participants created figurative images from the materials, while others laid out images that they connected with. The participants then discussed the meaning of each collage piece they put down.

Posted in 2020, Art, Special Programs and Projects, Students

The Mural Project, Continued

More from the Mural Project collaboration between Artistic Noise and MPS Art Therapy…

1. A&E participates collaborating
2. A&E participates leading staff and SVA students
3. A&E participates leading SVA student
Posted in 2020, Art, Special Programs and Projects, Students

The Mural Project: A Collaboration with Artistic Noise

The Mural project collaboration between Artistic Noise and SVA MPS Art Therapy Continues!

Artistic Noise A&E participants leading an SVA student and a teaching artist
A&E participants collaborating
A&E participant collaborating with SVA faculty
A&E participant leading staff and students
Posted in 2020, Art, Galleries, Special Programs and Projects

Mask-making in Art Therapy

Masks are ancient symbols of transcendence and power that have been used in traditions of every known culture. Creating masks in art therapy can help people better understand themselves and their relationships with others. Handmade masks foster the expression of wishes, fears, fantasies, and hidden aspects of the self.

MPS Art Therapy students created masks of their own faces from plaster cast, allowing them to explore the complexities of persona and shadow.

Posted in 2020, Art, In Class, Students

MPS Art Therapy Student Highlight: Ali Competiello

MPS Art Therapy recently chatted with current student, Ali, about her SVA experience. Read the full conversation below!

MPS Art Therapy: What drew you to Art Therapy?

Ali: My photography senior project professor told me about art therapy because he thought I could be influential in helping others tell their story using art as a medium. My senior project was a series of photographs documenting my life having an autoimmune disease and it helped me process and accept my alopecia.

MPS Art Therapy: How did you decide to come to SVA?

Ali: With College of New Rochelle closing, I interviewed at SVA. I liked the structure, organization, and emphasis on the art process. 

MPS Art Therapy: What is your favorite part of the program?

Ali: The support from not only my fellow students, but also the faculty. The understanding and cohesion within everyone in the program truly makes it feel like a community. 

MPS Art Therapy: Tell us about your internship: where, what population, and what you like about it.

Ali: I work at BronxCare Outpatient Psychiatry. I run individual sessions and I will be starting a group in January called Creative Arts Workshop. I really enjoy working there, I have a supportive and helpful supervisor who also challenges me to be the best art therapy intern I can be.

MPS Art Therapy: What is your advice for those considering a career in Art Therapy?

Ali: If you really enjoy helping people, this is a great way you can do that. Using art can break the barrier of uncomfortability that people feel. I would suggest trying it out for yourself and watch the magic happen! Immerse yourself in the art therapy experience – get educated on what art therapy is through a workshop or something before you jump in. Enjoy the experience and don’t be afraid to really open up to the process. 

MPS Art Therapy: Can you tell us about your image?

Ali: The picture is a drawing of me that was part of an experiential in my Groups class. We each had to draw our heads and our classmates added in our facial features. The goal was to build community and connection. It was a fun experience!

Posted in 2019, Art, In Class, Students