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Lecture series brings together art and healing

Lecture series brings together art and healing

Art and science come together in Pittsburg State University’s Art Department interdisciplinary lecture series, “Art as healing,” set for Friday, Feb. 6, in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. The lecture series takes place in conjunction with a solo exhibit in Porter Hall’s University Gallery by artist and art therapist Maria Lupo. Her exhibit, “Pigs, Process and Sustainability,” runs through March 6.

Art and science come together in Pittsburg State University’s Art Department interdisciplinary lecture series, “Art as healing,” set for Friday, Feb. 6, in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. The lecture series takes place in conjunction with a solo exhibit in Porter Hall’s University Gallery by artist and art therapist Maria Lupo. Her exhibit, “Pigs, Process and Sustainability,” runs through March 6.

The lecture series on Friday begins at 10 a.m. and concludes with a lecture by the artist at 3 p.m. The various lecturers will discuss a wide variety of subjects relating to the ways that medicine and art and the creation of art intersect.

Those scheduled to speak are Deborah Fischer and Karen Tompkins-Dobbs, members of the faculty in PSU’s Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing (10 a.m.); Pittsburg Physician Mindi Garner (10:30 a.m.); Xiaolu Wu, associate professor in PSU’s Department of Biology (11 a.m.); Jamie McDaniel, PSU associate professor in the Department of English (11:30 a.m.); Harriet Bachner, associate professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling and student Melinda Ledlow (1 p.m.); Jessica Stallings and Gaelynn Wolf Bordonaro, members of the faculty in the art therapy program at Emporia State University (1:30 p.m.); Janice Jewett, associate professor in PSU’s Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation (2 p.m.); Josie Mai, associate professor in the Department of Art (2:30 p.m.); and artist Maria Lupo (3 p.m.).

A reception will follow the lectures.

Artist Maria Lupo, whose work inspired the lecture series, is a native of Newark, N.J., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. She studied sculpture in Italy and then at Hunter College at CUNY, where she received a master’s degree in fine arts.

Lupo went on to complete a post-master’s degree specialization in art therapy at Coldwell College and then earned a second master’s degree in counseling psychology. She is healing arts coordinator at Atlantic Health and serves as chair of the Alliance for Art and Health New Jersey.

Lupo is a recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowship award. Her work is included in many public and private collections.

For more about the lecture series or the Department of Art, call 620-235-4302. The University Gallery, located in Porter Hall, 202 E. Cleveland, is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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