Re-launch of the SAIC MAATers Online Newsletter!


Alum, please email us your bios and artwork.

We will be featuring one of you each month.

Refer below for Art Therapy highlights and click on the tabs above for more information...

The ART of CONNECTION exhibit moves to the
Sullivan Galleries this December

The Art of Connection showcases artwork by students graduating from
the Master of Arts in Art Therapy program at the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago, and the people they work with at their
internship sites.

 Sullivan Galleries
33 South State Street, 7th floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Public receptions:
Thursday December 8, 7-8:30 pm
Friday December 9, 4:30-7 pm

Show open:
December 10, 2011-February 18, 2012

Art Therapy students participating in The Art of Connection include
April Abesamis, Avery Blair-Wilson, Rifi Bleichman, Amy L. Cavazos,
Cassie Lynn Dobbs, Michelle Ettlinger, Katrina Funk, Joyce Garside,
GraceAnn Goll, Jae Hoon Kim, Charlotte Kimlick, Terri Kuberski,
Stephany Latham, Emily MacArthur, Cass Magiera, Jeannette Perkal,
Kate Pfeiffer, and Hannah Shinozaki.

The diversity of artwork on display in The Art of Connection reflects
the wide range of people, places, and approaches encompassed by art
therapy. As a curricular requirement of the program, each art therapy
graduate student works at an internship site where the power of art
making is used to help people communicate their stories. Whether the
work produced provides a respite from an emotional storm, or depicts
an image directly from it, the common theme that links together each
of the artists represented here is the belief in growth through
expression, which is fostered within a safe and supportive
environment, and is also aimed at integrating internal and external
experiences. Typically, artwork created in a therapeutic setting is
confidential. However, the artists represented in this exhibition
chose to share their work with an audience as a means of building
understanding and healing.


Artworks by Don Seiden
at Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery

The Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery’s Focus 4: 4 Solo Shows, running from September 19, 2011 through January 6, 2012, features the work of four Illinois artists including Don Seidan, the founder of our master of arts in art therapy program.

Don Seiden Focus 4 lecture 10.13.11
Photo Credit: Mary Andrus
Don Seiden, a painter, a sculptor, and art therapist with more than fifty years experience, explores the deeper notions of art and the creative process through mixed media. His works reflect a worldly understanding of life, relationships, and human existence.

Focus 4


Alumni Kristina Bell DiTullo '00

Has an online workshop running through the Art Therapy Alliance called Examining The Everyday.

For more information and to register visit this link

Examining the Everyday

What social issue have you encountered that you struggle to convey visually in a compelling way? This workshop will focus on making art about social/cultural/political topics and the power of using ubiquitous materials to reveal deeper meaning. Explore the everyday in relation to: maintaining an art practice, developing art work that addresses vital social issues, as well as discovering the possibilities in daily products you encounter as art materials and learning about contemporary artists who address social issues. Kristina will also reveal what drives her art making practice including how her work relates to contemporary social challenges, where she finds inspiration, how she develops her ideas into resolved final works, and the important art practice habits she maintains. This workshop’s goal is for you to experiment with using found objects as material, trying new techniques and pushing your concepts to express personally relevant social issues.


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