Victoria Arts Council Exhibition Features Work by MFTH Alumna

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Victoria Arts Council Exhibition Features Work by Alumna Michelle Winkel '95

Michelle Winkel '95 has unveiled new works utilizing Venetian plaster that will be exhibited at the Victoria Arts Council in British Columbia throughout the year. Winkel is the Co-Director the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CiiAT), which has campuses in Thailand and Japan in addition to Canada. CiiAT integrates a global perspective and offers "engaging, comprehensive and in-depth art therapy programs to a diverse group of post-graduate students coming from an array of nationalities, education and life experience." 

In addition to directing CiiAT, Winkel has pioneered the application of art therapy techniques in the field of graphic facilitation where she is a much sought after practitioner through her company; Unfolding Solutions. Key clients have included the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the City of Los Angeles Housing Authority, Accenture, University of Victoria in British Columbia, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, The Vancouver Board of Trade, the California Mental Health Director’s Association, the City of Sacramento and First 5 LA.  She co-authored the book; Graphic Facilitation and Art Therapy: Imagery and Metaphor in Organizational Development with Dr. Maxine Junge. Winkel also contributed to the anthology; Drawn Together Through Visual Practice edited by Brandy Agerbeck, Kelvy Bird, Sam Bradd & Jennifer Shepherd.   

Regarding her identity as an artist Winkel states, "I love making art and try to make it apart of my daily routine, because as an art therapist, and as a teacher and director of CiiAT, I need to be spontaneous and present in all of my different tasks. Art making is central to my being and if I'm not fully in it, I find that the other areas of my life suffer."

Related Links

More information on the exhibit here.

More information on CiiAT and Art Therapy here.

More information on Winkel's work here.