Art Heals: First Friday opening of installation by artist Jennifer Quigley
Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) unveils Art Heals, a large-scale public art installation by Jennifer Quigley, for Lancaster’s June First Friday celebration.
The public is welcome to attend the event, which will be held from 5-8 pm Friday, June 4, in the College’s Art Garden, at the corner of North Prince and West Chestnut streets in Lancaster city.
This exhibit is the result of the creation of a Healing Arts Residency at PCA&D and is an outdoor installation of sculptural bandages and signage promoting the power art can have in healing. The exhibit invites the community to explore their own creative pathways, asking “What is your art?” and reminding us that “you are the only you in the entire world. Do not forget that you are loved.”
Jennifer Quigley, MA, LPC, REAT, the project’s artist, has been working on the concept for the execution of Art Heals since early 2021. She is PCA&D’s inaugural Healing Arts Artist in Residence, part of a pilot project that establishes a dynamic, ongoing partnership between local medical facilities, key community leaders, and the art and design education community. Its goal is to develop initiatives which inspire creative practices and promote community healing, wellness, coping, and personal growth. The Healing Arts initiative also aims to explore the intersections between visual art and medicine, and develop pathways for its students in those careers. Initial funding for this program has been provided through a passion grant from the Lancaster County Community Foundation. This initiative is part of the College’s new Institute for Leadership, Creative Entrepreneurship, and Innovation, led by Director Deborah Barber.
Art Heals consists of large-scale bandages fixed to the building’s façade, as well as sculptural bandages throughout the Art Garden with which the public can interact both physically and by adding their own messages of healing. In addition, bandages designed by rising PCA&D senior Jaymi Vilardo, a Fine Art major, will join Quigley’s work and as part of the VIP Reception.
Quigley, a resident of Lancaster, is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist as well as a practicing artist, with work that’s often tied to music. She has been profiled by Rolling Stone magazine, and she has been featured in both solo exhibitions and in collaborations with other artists, such as country music legend Marty Stuart.
“Art processes my pain,” Quigley says in her artist statement for this exhibition. “It’s my therapist. My physician. My clergy. My friend’s ear at 4 am. It’s mom putting a Band-Aid on my knee after falling off my bike. Through this exhibit I extend that comfort to you.”
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