Art & Psyche is an unincorporated organization whose mission is to encourage the articulation of the psychic (symbolic) essence of art in its many forms. Through conferences, presentations and the publishing of papers it provides cross-disciplinary educational experiences with a depth psychological understanding to both members of the psychotherapeutic community and those in the art world.
In 2008 our highly successful first conference Art and Psyche: Reflections on Image was held in San Francisco and focused on visual art. Co-sponsored by the San Francisco Jung Institute, the von Waveran Foundation and the International Association of Analytical Psychology, it brought together artists, sculptors, animators, architects, curators, analysts, expressive arts therapists, and psychotherapists of all kinds from around the world.
In July 2012 the second conference was held in New York: Art and Psyche in the City, engaging art directly in the city’s museums and public places alongside the conference presentations that took place at New York University who was a co-sponsor. Other supporting partners for the event were the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism, the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association of New York, the International Association of Analytical Psychology and the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. For this conference the scope was expanded to include theatre, dance and music along with the visual arts.
The next project will be to publish a selection of the conference presentations on the ARAS website. They will appear in ARAS Connections and in a separate Art and Psyche Collection, both to be found on the ARAS website (aras.org). The presentations from the last conference were also published through ARAS and are archived on that website. The Art and Psyche Working Group is currently comprised of three Jungian analysts, the National Curator of ARAS and an artist/educator. Although there is a designated chair, the group is based on models of emergence with a belief that creativity will emerge through interaction. The conferences have become a continuation of the mutual respect, curiosity and excitement experienced in the Working Group. Thus the Art and Psyche spirit has been co-created among organizers, presenters and participants; everyone engages in a process of interaction, which in turn echoes the interaction between art and psyche itself.
For additional information on the Working Group contact Linda Carter: