How can embracing vulnerability empower innovation? Join us for an impactful evening, where we explore the synergies between art, healing, and mental health through the lens of artists whose hardships have informed their artistic processes. This panel will delve into how the act of creating can serve as a therapeutic environment and how educators across disciplines can build empathy in their classroom and provide creative outlets and inspiration for students coping with mental health conditions, challenging family environments, anxiety, and stress.
Panel Moderator: Danielle Ogden, Museum Specialist, Adult Learning, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Jennifer Caviola received her BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY in 2002 and her MFA from Parsons in New York City in 2007. She has had solo shows in New York City, Brooklyn, and California and has participated in group shows throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. She has been featured in publications such as Vogue, The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Complex Magazine, Papermag, Juxtapoz, and High Fructose. jennifercaviola.com
Christopher E. Manning (b. 1983, New York) has an MFA from SUNY New Paltz and a BFA from Manhattanville College. Manning is the Exhibitions Manager at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, as well as a Professor of Visual Art at Manhattanville College. He has also taught at the College of New Rochelle and has been a visiting critic at the Wassaic Project and SUNY New Paltz MFA and BFA programs. His work has been exhibited at The Parlour Bushwick, BK; Garrison Art Center, NY; Exit Art, NY; Dorsky Curatorial Projects, LIC, NY; Central Booking, NY; The Impossible Project Lab, Berlin, Germany; Catskill Art Society, Livingston Manor, NY; Lift Trucks Projects, NY; Hillyer Art Space, DC; The Auction Project, Miami; Samuel Dorsky Museum, NY; Theo Ganz Studio, Beacon, NY; Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY; Manhattanville College; Iona College; The Susan D. Goodman Collection, among others. He has been featured in The New York Times, The Queens Chronicle, Ain’t Bad Magazine, The Impossible Project, Scandale Project, Kolaj Magazine, and Vellum Magazine. The artist lives and works in North Salem, NY. christopheremanning.com
Nell Waters (b.1974) is an artist working in Brooklyn, NY. She studied at Parsons School of Design and received her BFA in Painting at SUNY Purchase in 1997. Her work has been exhibited in numerous shows in New York, Connecticut, and Copenhagen, including two solo exhibitions. In addition to her painting practice, Nell has worked as a teaching artist for children with special needs in Connecticut and co-founded an outreach group for herself and other artists to bring healing arts experiences to cancer patients at Yale-New Haven Hospital. nellwatersbernegger.org
Museums + Mental Health
Evening for Educators is part of a series of workshops focused on mental health, contemporary art, and teaching to neurological diversity. Meet with museum experts, art therapists, and psychologists, as we explore the healing potential of art and how it can be used as a bridge to well-being, social inclusion, and learning. Check back for information on the upcoming workshop in May.