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IMPRESSIONS -Art by Art Therapists
@ 7:00 PM - @ 4:00 PMFree
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 11, 7-10PM
Exhibition Dates: May 11-June 1, 2019
Closing Gathering: Saturday, June 1, 2-4PM
Panel Discussion on May 19th, 2-4PM, will be facilitated by artist Alan Hiroshi Nakagawa
Art Therapy is a unique discipline that bridges the two practices of Psychotherapy and Art. To become a clinical art therapist one must pursue a graduate degree as a Marital and Family Therapist or a Clinical Social Worker through an art therapy accredited university that offers the specialized dual degree program. All the artists featured in this exhibit have graduated from Loyola Marymount University and are working in the field as Art Therapists. The title of the Exhibit “Impressions” Art by Art Therapists speaks directly to the field work that often involves a constant exchange between therapist and client. Often therapists are left with impressions from their client’s throughout treatment which is necessary in helping guide the direction of therapy, however sometimes the client or their art leave a lasting impression that changes perspectives on how a therapist views themselves and others. The art created in a therapy session provide art therapists insight on the inner workings of how a client feels and thinks and again the impressions projected from the work guide the therapist in what questions to ask and how to intervene. In this exhibit the artists were invited to create work that directly responds to the relationship to their work as art therapists. The viewer is invited to reflect on the profound nature of this line of work and the art that is created outside of a therapy session by the therapist.
Ruth Xilomen Rios