Not Art Therapy: A Conversation with Sandie Yi and Katie O’Neill


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Not Art Therapy: A Conversation with Sandie Yi and Katie O’Neill

November 10, 2023 @ 6:00 PM 8:00 PM

Close-up of art from the exhibition Not Art Therapy. Top half includes a black and white photo of a person with a round pill on their tongue. Bottom half is a gray and black abstract painting. There is also printing text.

Join artists Sandie Yi and Katie O’Neill as they discuss their work in the exhibition “Not Art Therapy” currently on display at Press Here Studio. Moderated by Matt Bodett, this conversation will address the ideas of therapy in relation to art making by disabled folx. It asks us to reconsider making and notions of collaboration. In all this discussion will expand how we see and talk about disability within artistic terms. You won’t want to miss this conversation!

This is will be a chance to hear the two artists discuss how disabled artists tend to be marginalized, not only by disability, but by the assumption that any artwork made is therapeutic. What does this assumption leave out? Is there more that disabled artists can offer? We will spend time talking through this, and offer guests a chance to ask questions as well.

Access Information

ASL interpretation and CART captioning will be provided for this virtual event. Please contact Matt Bodett at with other access requests or if you will be utilizing ASL interpretation for the Zoom conversation. This helps us to anticipate need and plan accordingly.

About The Not Art Therapy Exhibition

The “Not Art Therapy” exhibition is on display at Press Here Studios from October 13 to December 9, 2023. We are back at it! The exhibition is designed to grow and change during its life of the exhibition, so stop by to see as it changes form. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own artistic works to hang on the walls as well! This can be poetry, photography, pocket lint, or anything you find artistically relevant.

About Press Here Studio

Press Here is a mad culture space located on the fourth floor of the Historic Fine Art Building in the South Loop of Chicago. Press Here studio offers rotating exhibitions of work from Mad and disabled artists, as well as events and workshops which cluster around the idea of culture making–art, poetry, performance, etc.

The Center also offers a unique and growing mad library which is available to the public. This library centers around mad and disability studies, and will be used to help place the conversations that occur in the space within a larger context.

Press Here is a wheelchair accessible space.

Sponsor Information

This event is brought to you by the Arts and Culture Project at Access Living, Bodies of Work: Network of Disability Art and Culture, the Shirley Ryan Abilities Lab, and the Disability Culture Activism Lab (DCAL), a teaching lab housed under the department of art therapy and counseling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

s a platform for creative disability art and advocacy projects, DCAL uses a peer support and collective care model in which disability community members from Access Living and art therapy graduate students collaborate as disability culture makers for social change. Bodies of Work is a part of the Department of Disability and Human Development within the College of Applied Health Sciences at University of Illinois-Chicago.

The contents of this event were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90RTCP0005). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this event do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, or HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.