Friday, October 1, 2010

Numbers, Letters, Lines-Exhibition Opening

Numbers, Letters, Lines at the Yashar Gallery

Numbers, Letters, Lines is a 2-person show of mixed media work by artists Jess Benston and George Panagi. Please join us for the opening!

Yashar Gallery
276 Greenpoint Ave, Bldg 8, Ground Floor, Brooklyn, NY
Friday, October 8 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Sunday, February 28, 2010


New work, new show:


February 13 - March 20, 2010
Reception: Wednesday, March 3, 5-7pm

Westside Gallery
133/141 West 21 Street
New York, NY 10011

"Counterbalance" is a joint exhibition opportunity for clients and art therapists-in-training. This show was curated by Liz DelliCarpini,internship coordinator, MPS Art Therapy Department.

The MPS Art Therapy Program is a 2-year graduate program that includes coursework in psychology, counseling, assessment techniques, and expressive modalities. A core component of the program is the required 16-hour per week internship.

Each year 1st and 2nd year students each select a client or clients at their respective internship to participate in the exhibition. The process is beneficial to both the client and the students. Clients are chosen to participate based on the perceived therapeutic benefits rendered by exhibiting one's art work in a community setting. As a students, we learn to negotiate the delicate balance of privacy and advocacy.

Client work is listed anonymously, while student work is labeled. Because of the stigma surrounding mental illness, this is a safeguard to prevent negative consequences of public disclosure. Many hours of supervision have been spent discussing the ramifications of this labeling system: who does it benefit? are we, as mental health clinicians, perpetuating the stigma of mental illness? It's a curious intersection, and what I've learned in my short time in the field is that erring on the side of the less radical is often necessary.

I was one of several students that volunteered to co-organize the exhibit. The group collaborated on ways to make the exhibit unique from previous years. We decided upon the theme, images for the postcard, and organized the work in the gallery space. As we looked at a room filled with 80+ pieces of work, creating a cohesive whole seemed like a daunting task. The work ranged from naturalistic to industrial in materials, design, and execution. Continuum and spectrum seem to lurk around every corner in these parts.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

New Digs, New Placement

George and I moved to a studio Greenpoint as of August. We are still settling into our space. It's not quite home yet, but we're getting there. Photos to come.

This year I am interning in the acute inpatient psychiatric unit of a city hospital. Writing a thesis and not spending as much time painting as I would like.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

OPENING RECEPTION for Self Portrait, MPS Art Therapy Exhibition


An exhibition of selected work by students in the MPS Art Therapy Department and the clients they work with at their internship site.

Wednesday March 4, 2009, 5-7PM
Scholarship awards will be presented at 6PM

141 West 21 Street, New York, NY 10011
Tel. 212.592.2145

February 14—March 21, 2009

Gallery Hours
Monday—Friday, 9AM-7PM and Saturday, 10AM-6PM

Sponsored by the MPS Art Therapy Department and the Visual Arts Foundation.