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Shawna Scarpitti

Shawna Scarpitti

I completed undergraduate work at Auburn University, with a concentration in sculpture (BFA). My senior thesis was made up of large, found object sculptures, constructed with thousands of reclaimed materials from barns in Southern Alabama. While at Auburn, I explored and expressed more than I ever had before, artistically. With the encouragement of phenomenal professors who held the bar high, excellent courses,and life-changing opportunities (one of which included living in Guatemala--through an arts scholarship earned while attending AU), I became completely devoted to creating daily, and after Guatemala, was forevermore energized about colors and collage, mixing media together, and connecting with others in deep, authentic ways. My purpose is to live from a place of authenticity--and art helps me do just that.

I continued my education at Ursuline College in Cleveland, Ohio. Art therapy was the focus of my graduate degree -- a Master of Arts in Art Therapy. Combining the visual arts with my interest in helping others seemed like a natural progression. I was completely captivated by the quantifiable psychological benefits of art, and the healing that can happen when one is given the opportunity to create in a supportive, nurturing environment. Over the decades, as a registered and board certified art therapist, I've worked with incarcerated teens, mothers and children in shelters, seniors in nursing homes, with women's support groups, and with county-wide therapeutic art programs. I have displayed work in dozens of public and private venues and galleries throughout the USA and abroad since 2000, including Belgium and Australia, and recently participated in the art-for-all event, ArtPrize, in Grand Rapids, MI, in 2011. Active participation in creating and connecting will continue to be a driving force in my life for the rest of my life. Its like I can't not make art!

www.shawnascarpitti.com

Last Updated: February 22, 2016