Expressive arts therapy pioneer to speak

image of Paolo KnillWriter, educator and expressive arts therapist Paolo J. Knill will lecture in the Sheldon Hall ballroom at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, and will follow with a 6 p.m. workshop.

Knill is considered a pioneer and an expert in the field of expressive arts therapy, a form of psychotherapy that blends analysis with artistic expression. People undergoing expressive arts therapy are led through exercises involving visual art, dance, music or motion as a means of accessing and purging psychological traumas.

He is founder and provost of the European Graduate School and an emeritus professor at Lesley University in Massachusetts. Knill received his bachelor’s degree in music and the performing arts, with his graduate work culminating in a doctorate in psychology. He has also worked as a psychotherapist, touring lecturer and coach.

Knill’s work has been published in books such as “Principles of Expressive Arts Therapy” and “Minstrels of Soul: Intermodal Expressive Therapy.” He is also an accomplished community artist.

The Nov. 2 lecture is free and open to the public as part of SUNY Oswego’s Arts and Psychology programming series. Following the lecture, Knill will host an interactive community art workshop.

Registration is required for the workshop because of space limitations. For free tickets, contact the Tyler Hall box office at or 312-2141.

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(Posted: Oct 12, 2005)