Holy Family University Art Gallery Presents “Dealing with Trauma through Art Making”

The Holy Family University Art Gallery presents "Dealing with Trauma through Art Making," a powerful exhibit and panel discussion highlighting the therapeutic effect of creating art. The exhibit features works by 13 artists from across the U.S. and runs from October 3 through 29, 2014.

The exhibit is open to public and admission is free, as is an interactive panel discussion and artists' reception scheduled for the evening of October 9.

"The works of the exhibiting artists address how the creation of art can have a profoundly therapeutic effect," explains Pamela Flynn, Professor of Art and Coordinator of Fine Arts, Holy Family University. "Through image making, an artist can release energy, explore inner thoughts and discover personal dimensions."

In conjunction with the exhibit, an interactive panel discussion, titled "The Many Facets of Trauma," will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on October 9 in the Art Gallery. Four counseling professionals will provide their unique perspectives on how psychologists, art therapists, and marriage and family therapists understand and help people who are dealing with the many facets of trauma, including sexual abuse, collective loss and traumatic brain injury. The panelists will also facilitate the creation of a mural by members of audience, demonstrating the value of self-expression and healing through art.

The multidisciplinary panel will include the following presentations: "The Trauma of Sexual Abuse" by Dr. Diane Menago, Licensed Psychologist and Graduate Counseling Psychology Faculty, Holy Family University; "9/11 Trauma Living and Loving Beyond Loss" by Dr. Jim Huber, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Graduate Counseling Psychology Faculty, Holy Family University; "Traumatic Brain Injury" by Sue Worthington Duffy, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, Children's Seashore House; and "Art Therapy with Clients" by Lori Lamont, MA, LPCMA, ATR-BC, Lenape Valley Foundation.The panel discussion will be directly followed by an artists' reception between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.

Exhibiting artists include Jennifer Bell, Amanda Budreau, Kimberly Callas, Theresa DeSalvio, Rachel Elise, Colleen Fitzgerald, Mia Halton, Judith Hugentobler, George Lorio, Maria Lupo, Nevin Price-Meader, Rahshia Sawyer and Hannah Sheridan.