“Art Heals”: Scenes from the June First Friday unveiling

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Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

On June First Friday, artist Jennifer Quigley’s exhibition, Art Heals, was officially unveiled in the College Art Garden and on the facade of PCA&D.

She’s the first Artist in Residence for the College’s Healing Arts Residency, an initiative of PCA&D’s Institute of Learning, Creative Entrepreneurship, and Innovation. That institute currently is collaborating with the local medical and art communities to inspire creative practices that promote community healing, wellness, coping, and personal growth. And she’s a perfect fit for this position: a licensed professional counselor, she’s also a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, working with multiple art forms —  not just the visual arts — to provide multiple pathways to healing.

Art Heals consists of larger-than-life sculptural bandages and “wrappers” in the Art Garden as well as on the outside of the campus buildings, and a lighted message on the College’s Water Street facade. Fabrication was by Atomic, a locally based company that designs and builds environments for live events worldwide. Funding for the Healing Arts Artist in Residence was provided by a Passion Grant from Lancaster County Community Foundation. Support for Art Heals was provided by The Cynthia E. Price Family Trust, Benchmark Construction, the PCA&D Board of Trustees, PCA&D Alumni, Hall Media Solutions, Carol Emerson LCSW, Garden Spot Communities, Willow Valley Communities, Sunbelt Rentals, Dr. Charles and Kathleen DiComo, and T.W. Ponessa & Associates.

The June 4 unveiling was a public event, with live music and an artist reception. Watch below to get a glimpse of the evening’s events:

Photo at top: Artist Jennifer Quigley, left, and Deborah Barber, Director of the PCA&D Institute for Leadership, Creative Entrepreneurship, and Innovation, unveil the central sculpture in Quigley’s Art Heals exhibit.