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Art Therapists As Artists


More than 50 works of art created by practicing art therapists will be on display at Loyola Marymount University's Laband Art Gallery in a new exhibit entitled Art Therapists As Artists, beginning March 22 through April 12, 2003. The exhibit is free and open to the public. (left: Karla Leopold, Case Study L, 2000, mixed media, weaving)

Juried by art critic Shirle Gottlieb of the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Art Therapists as Artists features work by 25 artists who seek to integrate psychological expertise with artistic process in a variety of ways to illuminate the human unconscious through the use of image, symbol and metaphor.

Art therapy traditionally involves the use of a wide variety of art materials to create a visual representation of intense thoughts and feelings by patients. In this innovative exhibit, the featured artists are themselves graduate alumni of Loyola Marymount's Clinical Art Therapy program in the Department of Marital and Family Therapy.

Loyola Marymount graduate Marcy Stafsky and the Laband Art Gallery organized Art Therapists as Artists. Stafsky is a Registered Art Therapist, a marriage, family, and child psychotherapist, and an artist. She says of the pieces, "Within the rich variety of media that confront the many facets of the psyche, viewers will find that each work creates a moving, soul-felt statement."


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