BFA, 1994, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; MAAT, 2003, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Exhibitions: One Woman Show, San Francisco, CA; ARC Gallery, Chicago; Open Studio Project, Evanston. Awards: Amsden Book Award, Hilgos Award, WGCI Am-Fm and Kraft Foods. Affiliations: Treasurer, Illinois Art Therapy Association.

Personal Statement

Givens integrates both her personal and professional identities as an artist, including that of art therapist, mother, teacher, traveler, creator, and reader/writer. Givens's research explores and acknowledges the multitude of roles we maintain that may both challenge and support our sense of self and sense of place in our artistic practices. As an art therapist, Givens has worked in inpatient psychiatric facilities, home-hospice care, domestic violence centers, and self-esteem groups with adolescent girls. She is also a cofounder of the Black Art Therapists Collective. Givens's visual art practice includes a jewelry design business, mixed-media painting, and found object assemblage. 


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