FOND DU LAC, Wis.- "Artistic Reflections on Global Warming," a traveling art exhibit sponsored by the Wisconsin Art Therapy Association, is on display at Marian College through Feb. 29.
The display is in Dorcas Chapel and in the Administration Building lobby.
"This exhibit is intended to bring awareness to the sacredness of creation and humanity's stewardship of earth, particularly issues contributing to global warming," says Leah Klapperich,director of Marian's Art Therapy program. "We all have a personal investment in this topic as it affects the quality of life on our planet and the future we leave for our children and others who will follow us. Therefore, artists from throughout the state have responded to the call of the Wisconsin Art Therapy Association to comment on this theme through their art.
"The work not only addresses a concern for the planet, but provides a vehicle of communication to explore alternatives and express the deep feeling and commitment these artists have to more responsible stewardship."
The art is the work of art therapists and art therapy students,including Linda Fabry, a Marian Expressive and Therapeutic Arts major, and Jennifer Muckerheide, a December graduate of Marian's Art Therapy program. Klapperich created a large mask in the lobby as part of the exhibit.
"It is meant to be a dialogue on our relationship to the natural world … and to hopefully awaken within the viewer a greater sense of personal awareness of our interdependence with all living things," says Klapperich. "It is a call to reflect on our own feelings about the individual role each one of us plays and the opportunities we have to contribute to the health of our planet,both negatively and positively."
The exhibit was first displayed at Edgewood College in Madison in September and has since traveled to Riveredge Nature Center and Alverno College, and will go on to Retzer Nature Center after it leaves Marian.
Art therapy is an established mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. Art therapy integrates the fields of human development,visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms), and the creative process with models of counseling and psychotherapy.
The Wisconsin Art Therapy Association is an affiliate chapter of the American Art Therapy Association, Inc., which establishes standards for art therapy education, ethics, and practice.
Marian's Art Therapy program trains students in entry-level positions using therapeutic arts in educational climates assisting at-risk, special needs, and exceptional education students.Graduates also enter careers in health care as well as assisted living environments. Expressive and Therapeutic Arts majors have a solid undergraduate foundation for future graduate study inexpressive arts and art therapy programs. Marian's program combines a student's passion for art and psychology while preparing for graduate studies toward becoming a registered art therapist.