Exploring My Identity as a Developing Art Therapist: An Online Exhibition

Hey everyone, this week’s this post is about something very cool. With in-person events currently canceled, First Friday Scranton is presenting artists’ work completely online for the month of May 2020. I spoke with Francesca Giuliani, a student in Dr. Hartman’s graduate Museum-Based Art Therapy course. The show will showcase Art Therapy student’s work, the virtual exhibition is entitled “Exploring my Identity as a Developing Art Therapist: An Online Exhibition.” . This show is a collaboration between Art Therapy students who have co-curated this exhibition for their 2020 Spring semester project. This virtual show will showcase 13 students and their work. Here is a link to see the show Exploring my Identity as a Developing Art Therapist: An Online Exhibition..

According to Ashley Hartman “The exhibition highlights mixed-media works that explore the narrative of graduate art therapy students in response to their development in professional identity and the aspirations they have regarding their future art therapy practices. These mixed-media pieces include a component of handmade paper that were created during an open-studio creative art workshop or independently by each student. This exhibition highlights the possibilities of co-curating an exhibition as part of creative interventions in the expressive arts. The stories and reflective writings of the students relate to their own self-exploration as they navigate the next steps in their art therapy training.”

Below are pictures of the artwork done by the Art Therapy students and their statements about the meaning behind their art.

Taylor Guttesman 

The Magic of It All

“My art is inspired by the way I view humanity: a group of incredibly unique and complex individuals who somehow have the same beautiful thing in common…being human” -Taylor G.

Lavender Dreams

Alexis L. 

“I am inspired by the surroundings in my everyday life; delicate florals, precious conversations, warm embraces, and calming colors. Embracing my own unique self and cherishing the little moments with others is reflected in my work.” -Alexis L. 

Faith Grieshaber

I am

“I am inspired by the light I see within everything.  The light of a new day, the light within someone’s eyes, or the light I feel when creating.  It changes me, it inspires me, it makes me who I am. ” -Faith

Sarah P. Pfeil

See the Good.

“In every situation and in every person, there will always be good.”-Sarah

Paige Owings

Adapt & Arise

Tessa Swider


“I find inspiration in everything – I’m always open to the strange and unusual, and exploring that through my own creative process. I love to add something odd to all my art pieces. It celebrates the weird in life.” – Tessa S.

Elyse Krupinski

Bloom Where You’re Planted

Gina Correll

The Pledge

Francesca Giuliani

Blooming into my Own

“I’m inspired by the world around me: the nature, the people, and the experiences. My art is the perspective of how I perceive it all: the connections I make, the views I admire, and the thoughts I struggle to make sense of.”- Francesca G

*Artwork includes quotes by Morgan Harper Nichols and other artists.

Home and Journey

Dayanese Rodriguez

32” x 23”; Handmade Paper and Mixed Media

Through explorations of universal symbolism of home and journey, one is able to reflect and reconstruct the pathways of who they were and who they have become in respect to these foundations. One’s narrative is constituted through avenues of perspectives and places, environments and histories woven together to craft the identity of who one is today. This work is representative of this journey.


Dayanese Rodriguez

47” x 22”; Handmade Paper and Pulp Paint

Jacqueline Scheffler

Growth is a Continuous Process

Michele Sanfilippo


“Some of the most fragile things are also the most resilient. I find that to be absolutely breathtaking and extraordinary. That is where my inspiration comes from.” – Michele S.

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