Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Upcoming IATA meetings

All IATA members are welcome to attend, extend feedback, and vote at regular Chapter meetings. Non-members can also come to Chapter meetings with prior approval from the executive board. Members in attendance at the Executive Board meetings are the President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Board of Directors (3). Any IATA member or Committee Chair who would like to attend the Executive Board meetings should e-mail the president at for confirmation of time and place.

September 20,2015
Chapter Meeting
The Awakenings Foundation, 4001 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

October 4, 2015

Executive Board Meeting
November 7, 2015
Chapter Meeting
The Awakenings Foundation, 4001 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

A full schedule of 2015 meeting times and places and other events can also be found under Calendar of Events on the Illinois Art Therapy website as well!

*Dates are subject to change

Call for Proposals!!!

The Contemporary Landscape of Art Therapy
IATA 35th Annual Conference
Saturday, November 7, 2015
National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, Illinois

This year's conference seeks to create a forum to explore scope of practice in the field of art therapy. "Scope of practice" refers to procedures, actions, and processes that fall within the boundaries of a specific field. This conference will facilitate a multifaceted conversation around the methods, theories, and practices within which art therapists practice and create. We invite proposals that explore scope of practice from an individual, systemic, and/or cultural perspective. This conference seeks to give representation to a multitude of professional applications, including a discussion of practices that may fall outside the traditional periphery of the art therapy field.

Email proposal submission in a Microsoft Word document to List your first and last name and "Proposal" in the email's subject header.

See Call for Proposals document for further information on how to submit.

Submit your Cover for Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association!

Looking for submissions for "cover art" for Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. What is needed are images with a vertical format that make a strong visual impact.

You may submit you images through the T&F system ( or send the images directly to: and copy .

Therapeutic Arts Program Trip to Kenya and Tanzania

JANUARY 12-25, 2016 (Optional safari, return date 1/27)

This cross-cultural exchange is open to anyone interested in contributing to and learning about socially engaged and healing art practices in Kenya and Tanzania. It is part of the ongoing work of a non-profit, Global Alliance for Africa, to address the psychosocial needs of vulnerable children through paraprofessional therapeutic arts trainings in East Africa.

There are two scholarships available to partially defray the costs of travel, one for an arts therapist from any of the creative arts therapies professions, and one specifically for a dance/movement therapist. The deadline for the scholarship application is August 31.

Professionals also can receive Continuing Education Credits for involvement in this exchange, and students can receive course or supervised fieldwork credit pending approval by their educational institutions.

Please share this notice with professional and student arts therapists, counselors, social workers, and socially engaged artists who might be interested in participating!


Cathy Moon, Professor, Art Therapy Department, School of the Art Institute of Chicago,

Linda Stolz, Director of Programs for GAA,

Saturday, July 25, 2015

2nd International Art Therapy Conference to be held at Goldsmiths, University of London in April 2016

Do not miss this opportunity….
Finding Spaces, Making Places: Exploring social and cultural space in contemporary Art Therapy practice.

Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th April 2016

Goldsmiths College, University of London

New Cross, London SE 14 6NW, UK

This conference continues the exploration of contemporary art therapy practice initiated in our first conference here at Goldsmiths in 2013. Art therapists are of necessity engaged in making spaces, creating both physical and imagined spaces. Finding places relates to both the physical setting and the place of the art therapist in organisations where they work. We are wanting delegates to bring their own questions and insights in relation to space in art therapy to the conference, finding a place there for discussion and exploration, in workshops and in paper and panel presentations.

We will be making further announcements soon in relation to Keynote Speakers and morning Panel presenters. We shall also send out announcements in relation to our programme, and a call for afternoon papers. In the meantime we suggest a visit to ATOL Art Therapy OnLine Vol 5 Issue 1 to explore the work of our previous conference. Go to -

Please email Further information will be fortcoming in the near future.

Monday, July 20, 2015

IATA Call for Conference Proposals!

The Illinois Art Therapy Association conference "The Contemporary Landscape of Art Therapy" will be held Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago.

Details for submitting presentation proposals are now available. The deadline is July 31st.

IATA Call for Nominations

The Illinois Art Therapy Association is looking for motivated candidates to fill our open Executive Board and Committee Chair positions. Take advantage of this opportunity to get more involved in IATA! Or vote for a colleague!

The following positions are accepting nominations:
  • Executive Board
  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Director: Committee and Community Liaison
  • Committee Chairs
  • Conference-Elect
  • Ethics Chair
  • Nominations Chair
  • Archives Chair
  • Multicultural and Diversity Chair

Position Descriptions are available on the IATA website by visiting

Nominations will be accepted until August 1. At that time, Nominations Chair, Adrienne Lewis, will be in contact with nominees to provide more information on the nominations process. A current CV, a statement of intent and a photo will be requested for all interested nominees.

Just click here to nominate yourself or a colleague.

*All IATA members will be able to participate in the election process by voting for the Executive Board nominee of your choice in a poll that will be sent out this fall. Committee Chairs will be appointed by the current Executive Board based on the nominations received. So please take the time now to nominate yourself or a colleague so we can continue to strengthen our IATA chapter.

Contact Adrienne at with questions.
Thank you for your dedication to IATA and the field of art therapy.

IATA Chapter Meeting - July 19

Sunday, July 19, 2015


Awakenings Foundation
4001 N. Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

AATA Conference News

Although the 2015 conference just ended, it is not too early to start thinking about next year! Information about submitting proposals for the July 2016 conference is now available at

Deadline for Proposal Submissions isTuesday, September 8, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Please note that this will be that last summer conference for AATA. In 2017 the meeting will move back to the autumn.

Correction, 2015 AATA Conference

Alumna Mariah Hutchinson was inadvertently left off the list of SAIC-related presenters at the 2015 AATA conference. She gave the paper: "Recognition, Space, Experience: An Exploration of Environment as Material".

You can read Mariah's abstract or any of the others from this year's conference at the Conference Proceedings website.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Alumni Gathering at AATA Conference

Alumni Gathering at AATA Conference

All Mount Mary University & School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni, students, & faculty are invited to our annual Alumni Gathering. (Snacks on us…drinks on you!)

Join your classmates & colleagues Thursday June 9th, at Market Bar-Be-Que (1414 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55403) just a 4-minute walk from the Hyatt Regency on Nicollet Mall!). Mingling and appetizers 6:00-8:00 followed by musical entertainment from 8:00-10:00 by Bruce Moon and Chris Belkofer!

1) Turn south onto Nicollet Mall
2) Continue to follow the street as it curves (when it crosses Grant Street, the name changes to Nicollet Avenue South)
3) The restaurant will be on your right at 1414.
Hope to See you there--even if you are not attending the conference.

Other SAIC Highlights at the Minneapolis Conference

As is often the case, SAIC alumni and faculty will be well represented at the American Art Therapy Association's conference. Here is a list of the events with SAIC connections:


10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. -- Barbara Fish leads the workshop: Art-based Supervision: Cultivating Therapeutic

12:30 p.m.-1:20 p.m. -- The presentation Power to the Puppeteers: Persons with Parkinson’s
Disease Raise Their Voices Through Puppet Theater will be given by Theresa Dewey, Katharine Houpt, & Andrea Koch.

2:30 p.m.-3:20 p.m. -- The paper Therapeutic Applications of the QEEG in Studio-based Art Therapy Practice will be presented by Christopher Belkofer.

3:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m. -- Cassie Dobbs, & Danielle Eichner are among the presenters of the workshop: Medical Art Making: Exploring the World of the Pediatric Medical Art Therapist.


12:30 p.m.-1:20 p.m. -- Christopher Belkofer co-presents: Art as Alchemy: An Inside View of the Transformational Process.

1:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m. -- The Art and Aging Focus Group will be lead by Linda Goldman.

2:30 p.m.-3:20 p.m. -- Holly Wherry & Robert Caswell discuss their adventures on the road in Art is Heavy: Biking Cross Country with Art Therapy Pedalers

2:30 p.m.-3:20 p.m. -- Savneet Talwar & Sangeetha Ravichandran are panelists on the theme: Creating Spaces of Resistance: Third Wave Feminism, Social Justice and Art Therapy.

3:30 p.m.-4:20 p.m -- The paper Painting the Man: Exploring the Abstract Influences of Privilege and Power
will be given by M. Ryan Noble.


8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. -- Randy Vick will be presented with the association's Honorary Life Membership award.

July 11 | 9:00a.m.-10:00 a.m. -- Savneet Talwar & Cathy Moon will present a plenary session (along with Lynn Kapitan & Janis Timm-Bottos) entitled Decolonizing Art Therapy: Social Justice and New Paradigms of Care.

10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. -- Sarah Kremer co-leads a workshop entitled: Saying Yes to (Almost) Everything: 10 Tips for Emerging Art Therapy Professionals. (Presented a second time at 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.)

10:30 a.m.-11:20 a.m. -- Christopher Belkofer will be one of the discussion leaders of the Art Therapy and Clinical Neuroscience Focus Group.

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. -- The Art Committee Focus Group will be lead by Barbara Fish, Jaimie Peterson, & Becky Deborah Behnke (along with Becky Olivera).

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. -- A Master Supervision Group focusing on Multicultural Clinical Practice will be lead by
Yasmine Awais.

12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m. -- The Cultural Influences Behind the Pictures: Study of Images with MSSP Application is a digital poster session given by Seyeon Jeanne Jung-eun Park.

12:30 p.m.-1:20 p.m. -- Men in Art Therapy: Confluence, Influence, And Passing It On, is the title of the focus group to be lead by M. Ryan Noble & Randy Vick.

1:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m. -- Veronica Bohanan gives her paper titled, Black Gyrls W.O.W. (Working on Womanhood): Feelings, Behaviors & Academic Success.

Illinois Art Therapy Association Conference

Can't get to Minneapolis? Then save the date of Saturday, November 7th for the IATA a conference to be held this year at the National Museum of Mexican Art. MAAT alumna Julie Ludwick is this year's conference chair.

Full time Faculty Position in Art Therapy

The Master of Arts in Art Therapy program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty position, beginning August 2016. Rank and salary are commensurate with professional experience, teaching, and current professional status. 

SAIC’s 60-credit Master of Arts in Art Therapy Program is focused on providing a comprehensive education that emphasizes development of the artist/art therapist, prepares graduates to work in a variety of settings, and fosters critical engagement within social and cultural contexts. The program was established in 1981 and has been approved by the American Art Therapy Association since 1989. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago has operated for over 150 years as a professional school of art and design connected to a world-class art museum. One of 23 academic, studio, and design departments at the School, the Master of Arts in Art Therapy is in transition from a 2-year to a 3-year model. The program currently has 3 full-time and 20 part time faculty who offer 60 courses each year, including extensive supervised fieldwork experiences. 

The successful candidate will be an active participant in the department, with responsibilities that include teaching, advising, and directing; contributing to the program and School through administrative duties and service; and ongoing engagement in scholarly, creative, and professional activities. 

Substantial human service experience as an art therapist; demonstrated scholarly, studio, and professional engagement; doctoral degree; ATR-BC. Prior teaching, supervisory, and administrative experience preferred. In addition to a solid grounding in direct art therapy practice, the ideal candidate will demonstrate expertise as evidenced by research, scholarly writing, and/or art practice. 

Key areas of interest to the department include: 
• commitment to social justice 
• theories of difference, identity, and diversity 
• contemporary art theory and practice 
• innovative forms of culturally relevant art therapy education • interdisciplinary approaches to art therapy practice and scholarship 
• working collaboratively across disciplines
Candidates with a commitment to the promotion of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. 

By or before Wednesday, January 6, 2016, please submit application materials at 
You will be asked to create an account, and then complete the application that is a combination of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. 
SAIC will underwrite the application fees; you will not be charged to apply for the position. You are encouraged to begin the application well before the deadline. No applications may be submitted beyond the deadline for any reason. Complete the fields for: educational background; current position; and contact information for three professional references. Please convert all word documents into PDFs before uploading. Required files to upload include: cover letter stating interests and qualifications; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy; and portfolio of creative work and/or scholarly writing. 

Questions regarding the School and its open positions, application procedures, or the search process may be emailed to 
Please consult for information on the School and its programs, or for open positions and application procedures. 

A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to students from across the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, the School is one of the largest and oldest private schools of art and design in the country with programs reflecting current practices in art. 
SAIC's educational philosophy is built upon a transdisciplinary approach to art and design that provides unparalleled opportunities for students to develop their creative and critical abilities with renowned faculty who are leading practitioners in their fields. 
SAIC's resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its Modern Wing, and numerous special collections and programming venues that provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. The campus is located on Chicago’s magnificent lakefront amid the city’s cultural and architectural treasures. The School currently enrolls 3,500 students in 15 studio departments and 8 academic departments. 
There are 153 full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty and visiting artists, and 693 adjunct and parttime faculty supported by 300 staff. Degree tracks include the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio; BFA with Emphasis in Art Education or Writing; BA degrees in Art History and Visual and Critical Studies; BIA (Interior Architecture); Master of Architecture; Master of Design (MDes) in Designed Objects; MDes in Fashion, Body, and Garment; MFA in Studio or Writing; MA degrees in Arts Administration; Art Education; Art History, Theory, and Criticism; Art Therapy; New Arts Journalism; Teaching; Visual and Critical Studies; and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation. EOE The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is committed to creating a diverse community of faculty and students, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered on the basis of their qualifications for the position without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender-related identity, marital status, parental status, military or formal military status, and any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal is seeking manuscript submissions

The Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal is seeking manuscript submissions in the areas of theory, practice and research. The journal connects national and international art therapists to:

Advance the understanding and use of innovative art therapy theories, interventions, and practices;
Promote diverse ethical research methodologies and perspectives in art therapy including: arts-based research, qualitative and quantitative research;
Educate mental health and other healing professionals about art therapy.

Consider this opportunity to share your skills, knowledge, research results and ideas with your fellow art therapists!
The Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal receives all manuscript submissions electronically via the journal's Editorial Manager site located at To view the full instructions for Authors, visit the journal's website at and click on the Submit tab.