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Lecture Panel: Art Therapy Identity
December 13, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Exhibiting artist Eric Dean Spruth MA, ATR, Art Therapist, Cermak Health Services at Cook County Jail, is joined by Violetta Woznicka MA, ATR LCPC, Denise Colletti MA, ATR, and Maureen Wilson MA, ATR LCPC for a lecture panel titled, “Art Therapy Identity: Splicing Text and Symbolism in the Discovery of our own Dynamic Meaning.”
“Four art therapists in a correctional setting reflect on the practice of collage art to explore and evolve identity. Throughout life, but particularly at times when we feel stuck, it can be empowering to remember that our identity is dynamic. We can and likely will be different moving forward, and through art, we can manifest transformation. Meaning is drawn from our surroundings and experiences, as we make choices of what and how to incorporate into our sense of self. In this hands-on workshop, we will select and combine imagery, and engaging collage–a simple process that may lead to complex symbolism. A discussion will follow, observing the resulting imagery and reflecting on potential messages or insights we can draw from our own choices.”
This program is provided in connection with the current exhibition, “Art Therapy & Tarot: The Importance of Symbol; Then, Now, and Forevermore,” by By Eric Dean Spruth, MA, ATR, on view through February 12, 2023. The programming series includes artist talks, guest speakers in the field, and engagement events all surrounding the importance of Art Therapy and topics of healing, empowerment, remembrance, symbolism, and rebirth. For schedule information, visit https://imss.org/programs/.
Eric Dean Spruth, MA, ATR (Ph.D. Candidate, Walden University) is a highly accomplished art therapist, practicing in fields across disciplines, including his therapeutic works and services within tattooing, music, writing, body casting; mastering many art media in the name of service as an art therapist, in service to his special needs populations across the country and around the world. In “Art Therapy & Tarot: The Importance of Symbol; Then, Now, and Forevermore,” Spruth gives us a look into his most recent works encompassing a collage set of 78 tarot cards and the craft, history, and cultural importance of the media. The borderless symbolism surrounding tarot is not of one person but all people. Through the tarot deck, Spruth connects the importance of creating art in unique ways as therapy for not only his patients but also himself.
For more information about the exhibit, visit https://imss.org/art-therapy-and-tarot/.
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Eric Dean Spruth MA, ATR (Ph.D. Candidate) is a trained artist, graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an undergraduate degree in fine art with a minor in Psychology and Philosophy and a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy. He has served as a professor at the Adler School of Professional Psychology Art Therapy program and expressive art therapist within the Cook County Bureau of Health Cermak Health Services/ Cook County Jail, as well as a certified Hospital Bedside Magician offering Magic Therapy with Open Heart Magic. Additionally, Spruth is the founder of Sacred Transformation / TATTOO ART THERAPY collaborating with various human service agencies across the country and around the world including human trafficking programs, mental health programs, and correctional centers. Spruth’s efforts have been featured and recognized by many forms of media, including National Public Radio, Chicago Tonight, Chicago Tribune, The National Health Care, WTTW City Talk, Chicago Reader, WGN TV Morning News, Lakelife Magazine, and many many Tattoo Magazines. Spruth has received many awards and recognition in his field, both as an artist, art therapist, and tattooist.
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About the Contemporary Arts Program: The International Museum of Surgical Science supports a commitment to contemporary art and artists through exhibitions and programs that use the frame of contemporary artistic practice to examine new perspectives in medical-surgical science and our relationship to the body. The Museum’s Contemporary Arts Initiative includes rotating exhibitions of contemporary art, as well as an ongoing Artist in Residence program.
The International Museum of Surgical Science acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.