Thursday, February 27, 2014

Art Therapy Pioneer Edith Kramer dies 

“I must be doing something artistic - always, always, always!" 

After retiring to her native Austria, art therapy pioneer Edith Kramer died on February 22nd at 97.

Kramer, best known for her theoretical position referred to as “Art as Therapy”, was introduced to an exciting world of artistic and psychoanalytic thought during her youth in Vienna. She later fled Europe at the start of World War II and settled in New York working with children in a variety of school, residential, and hospital settings. In the mid 1970s she helped establish the graduate art therapy program at New York University.

As a pioneering author in the burgeoning discipline, Kramer’s ideas served as a counterpoint to Naumberg’s more established “Art Psychotherapy” model. Together the two author’s helped give form to a conceptual range of approach that continues to shape practice to this day.

Despite her ambitious career, Kramer steadfastly refused to take year round positions, preferring to reserve time each summer to retreat to the mountains and paint. Her innovative thinking, lucent writing, compelling teaching, and commitment to her own artistic practice will continue to inspire future generations of art therapists as she has done for so many already. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tonight! Chicago Bridge Presents "Resource Navigation 101: How to connect your clients to resources within the Chicago Aging Network"

Wednesday, Feb. 19th
6-8 pm
The Center on Halsted
3656 North Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60613

A panel of professionals will share strategies on how to build your own network to find resources for older clients.

Guest Speakers will include:
Kate Krajci - Rush Health and Aging
Marta Pereyra - Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly
Melissa Tucker - Alzheimer's Association


For other upcoming events from Chicago Bridge, locations and information are posted on the Chicago Bridge website,

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Glass Curtain Gallery / RISK: Empathy, Art, and Social Practice

1104 S Wabash Ave, first floor, 
Chicago, IL 60605

February 10 - April 26, 2014

Opening Reception: February 13, 5:30 - 8:30pm
College Art Association Conference: An Evening at Columbia College

RISK considers the interdependent role of empathy and risk in socially engaged art as practiced by Chicago contemporary artists. The exhibition features artists who work in a public arena to foster connections between individuals and to activate communities. Their work invites the outside in, blurs the lines of public/private, reveals our mutual dependencies and effects social change. The "success" or "failure" of these relationship-driven projects, however, can never be guaranteed, as this porous, process-based art form exists in unpredictable, shifting environments.

The works in RISK are divergent in medium, content and scope, but all share an interest in initiating and negotiating relationships through personal interaction. Projects range from a community Shack built in the gallery to the staging of an actual Wedding Party to herbal remedy offerings from an Anxiety Garden and vintage Tintype Portrait sessions. Working with cultural partners and sites across the city, RISK highlights some of the most exciting practice emerging in this field and explores artists' motivations and viewers' expectations for socially engaged art.

To learn more about events and participating artists, click here.