October 15, 2018

Mary Andrus, art therapy program director, receives AATA’s 2018 Presidential Award

This award is bestowed upon Andrus to provide official recognition for her dedicated service to the art therapy profession.
  • Mary Andrus receiving the Presidential Award at the 2018 AATA conference.

Mary Andrus, assistant professor and art therapy program director, is the recipient of the American Art Therapy Association’s 2018 Presidential Award.

This award is bestowed upon Andrus to provide official recognition for her dedicated service to the art therapy profession.

Christianne E. Strang, AATA president, writes: “Dr. Andrus’ ongoing advocacy efforts towards professional licensure in Oregon as well as her ingenious ability to secure the transfer of the Marylhurst University Art Therapy Program to Lewis & Clark College, with remarkably short notice, are testament to her dedication to the art therapy profession and the students she serves.”

In response to the announcement, Andrus shared the following words of gratitude:

“The community here at Lewis & Clark has been so welcoming and supportive to me, our students, and faculty. We could not have made this Herculean move without the numerous alumni, students, and people from the community to help us get to where we are today. The foundation at Lewis & Clark is strong and there is so much possibility for the future of the profession in this community. I look forward to paving new paths for art therapy to continue to expand and grow!”

The AATA will present Andrus with the prestigious award during the annual the 2018 American Art Therapy Association Conference in Miami, Florida this November.