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Health Sciences Library hosting Art Therapy exhibit

Art Therapy painting

The Health Sciences Library is hosting an exhibit titled “The Art of an Art Therapist” through August. Working as an art therapist involves creative counseling approaches utilizing various art media to help clients process social, emotional, and psychological issues. Balancing self-care and caring for others in this helping profession can be challenging. Art therapists often use their own art-making practice to combat burnout and remain creatively engaged outside of their work. Dr. Annie McFarland, assistant professor of Art Therapy in the School of Art & Design, College of Creative Arts, has been making art her entire life and has worked clinically as an art therapist since 2010. Her personal art-making often serves to process powerful client interactions, cope with compassion fatigue, and practice artistic self-care. In this exhibit, Dr. McFarland shares personal artwork consisting of a variety of media including collage, drawing, painting, and sketchbook work.