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First Friday – Emerging: A Veteran Art Therapy Exhibition

March 3, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Mix, mingle, and marvel. Our ArtSpace gallery (located in the lobby of the Basile Theatre) features a rotating bi-monthly exhibit calendar showcasing the work of emerging and established artists of all disciplines.

Emerging: A Veteran Art Therapy Exhibition

The artworks in this collection were created by veterans in art therapy groups. Some individuals represented in this exhibition have been practicing art for years, and some picked up a paintbrush for the first time this year. However, every art piece represents a part of someone’s healing journey. The collected artworks are displayed here in order to share the perspectives, stories, and skills of local Indianapolis veterans and artists. 

 Art therapy challenges individuals to abandon the idea of what is “good” art or “bad” art, and rather encourages clients to engage in self-reflection and psychotherapeutic exploration through the use of art materials. Art therapy is focused on the process of creating art rather than the final art product. Many of the works in this collection are deeply personal and represent moments of self-discovery, awareness, and healing.  

 This exhibition provides a space for art therapy clients to share their stories and transform the personal and public narrative about the veteran population. Art is a form of communication. Think of the artwork as a conduit for connection through time and space. As you engage with the art in this space, tune into what thoughts and feelings arise from interacting with the work, as well as the dynamic, complex, and deep humanity behind the artists that created the work. 

This exhibition is part of the graduate thesis research of Brooke Neubaum, Herron School of Art, IUPUI.

The exhibit kicks off on the First Friday of the month with a special reception from 6pm to 9pm. Our bar is open and ready to make this the best way to kick off your First Friday gallery tour.


March 3, 2023
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Athenaeum Indy
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The ArtSpace at the Athenaeum
401 E Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204 United States
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