Psychic Stages on View at Mary Baldwin’s Hunt Gallery

February 8, 2006

An exhibition of work by New York artist Susan Paul Firestone, entitledPsychic Stages, will be on view at Mary Baldwin University’s Hunt Gallery February 13?March 10.

Firestone, a Mary Baldwin University alumna, is both a professional artist and an art therapist. Her interest in art and psychology developed at Mary Baldwin University, where she graduated in 1968 as a psychology major. She earned her MFA in painting from American University. Firestone moved to New York City in the late 1990s to pursue her longstanding interest in psychology and to combine this with her career and life as an artist. She completed graduate work in art therapy at New York University and wrote her thesis on post-traumatic stress syndrome in 2001, shortly before September 11. In witnessing and experiencing the multiple tragedies of 9/11, she felt compelled to work with people of all ages who were affected by trauma.

Firestone works in a broad range of media, and the exhibition represents explorations in printmaking, neon, clay, cast bronze, and papermaking. Most of the work included in Psychic Stages is from the mid-1990s, a period of great personal challenges for her, but also one of urgency and strength in her work as an artist.

A reception for the artist will be held Monday, February 13 at 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Hunt Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work in all media by regionally and nationally recognized artists. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. during the college’s academic year.