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First Friday: Art Therapist – An Integrated Professional Portrait

September 1, 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 exhibit calendar showcasing the work of emerging and established artists of all disciplines.

Art Therapist: An Integrated Professional Portrait

Artists: Alumni of the IUPUI Herron School of Art + Design Art Therapy Graduate Program

Art therapists hold a foundation in studio arts and psychology with a master’s degree in art therapy. In the 1940s art therapy became a recognized profession as artists, educators, and mental health professionals recognized the therapeutic benefits of art-making as a form of therapy. With the standardization of the field through master’s training programs in the 1970s, art therapists have been an integral part of the mental health field. Unfortunately, art therapists and their training are often misunderstood.
Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI Master of Arts in Art Therapy Alumni (2014 – present) explore their integrated professional identity of artists and therapists in this exhibition. By maintaining their artistic practice, art therapists engage in creative meaning-making and process their personal experiences to gain deeper insights into self.

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.


September 1, 2023
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The ArtSpace at the Athenaeum
401 E Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204 United States
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