October 03, 2023

New Art Installation “The Nest” Honors Identities of Emerging Art Therapists

The installation features eggs created by all three cohorts of current art therapy students and art therapy faculty.

Situated beneath the canopy of a sprawling walnut tree on the Graduate School’s South Lawn, “The Nest” is a collaboration between faculty and students in the Art Therapy Program. It is a collection of painted wooden eggs—each created by an art therapy student or faculty member—nestled among items collected from nature.

“The Nest was built in connection with the land as a metaphor for, and tribute to, the many systems of support (educational, professional, personal, familial, ancestral, and ecological) that surround students as they develop their growing identities as emerging art therapists,” says Jillynn Garcia. Garcia, who helped organize and facilitate the event, is an eco-art therapist and teaches in the Art Therapy Program as adjunct faculty.

Each student’s egg is an artistic honoring of their unique personhood and the gifts and skills they are incubating to bring to the field of mental health.

Art Therapy Program Director Professor Mary Andrus invites community members to add their support for these students by adding to the nest, but respectfully requests that nothing be removed.

Learn More

Applications for the Art Therapy Program are currently open from October 1, 2023 through January 1, 2024. Classes begin September 2024. Attend an upcoming information session or schedule an appointment with an admissions counselor to learn more.