Artsii.com art archive for Sharon Ilaina Itkoff

Biography

Born in northeast Philly and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Sharon moved to New York state to study at Sarah Lawrence College where she pursued her love of psychology, anthropology, and painting. After studying abroad in northern India during college and later becoming TESOL certified in Thailand, Sharon began her career working at an international language school for adults as well as the public library system as a family literacy instructor for immigrant parents and pre-school aged children. During this time, she also conducted weekly art classes for adults at a supportive housing unit in Chelsea and decided she wanted to gain a more in-depth and clinical understanding of the benefits of artmaking.

In 2010 Sharon earned her Masters of Professional Studies in Creative Arts Therapy and Creativity Development at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. State licensed and board certified since 2013, Sharon has provided individual, group, and family art psychotherapy in a variety of treatment settings around NYC, including a therapeutic day school, child inpatient psychiatric facility, senior center, community health center with a substance use disorder clinic, acute care teaching hospital, and in homes throughout Brooklyn.

Sharon is especially interested in working with those struggling with adjustment issues related to life transitions, family planning and parenting, and immigration. Sharon's psychotherapy approach is grounded in principles of mindfulness, humanism, and the healing power of the creative process.

Publications:

Artwork featured in "The Real Art Therapists of New York Coloring Book" 2016

Article "Creative Arts Therapy for Healing" featured in ASN Kidney News online and hard copy newsletter in fall 2016 http://www.kidneynews.org/kidneynews/8_10_11/23/23.pdf

Exhibitions:

Group Show:
November 2006
"Big Art Show" at Sputnik, Brooklyn, NY

Solo Show:
May 2007
Cafe Centosette, NY, NY

Solo Show:
February 2008
Cafe Centosette, NY, NY

Group Show:
May 2009
“Transitions” at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Group Show:
April 2010
“Vital Signs” at Pratt Institute, New York, NY

Group Show:
November 2010
"Home" at New York Creative Arts Therapists PLLC and Art Spa,
Brooklyn, NY

Group Show:
October 2011
"Connections" at New York Creative Arts Therapists PLLC and Art Spa,
Brooklyn, NY

Group Show:
December 2013
"Opposites: Exploring Polarity and Integration" at New York Creative Arts Therapists PLLC and Art Spa,
Brooklyn, NY

Artsii.com art archive for Sharon Ilaina Itkoff