SVA in the Heart of Provence

Since 2010, the School of Visual Arts and the Valetudo Association have mounted a joint exhibition to promote the therapeutic value of making art. The exhibitions, each with its own theme, are presented at the Romanesque cloister of Saint-Paul de Mausole, part of a historic monastery in Saint-Remy de Provence where Valetudo operates a psychiatric clinic. In the late 19th century Vincent van Gogh was treated for over a year at Saint-Paul, and as a patient was encouraged to paint—in effect, a form of art therapy. Starry Night, The Irises and many other celebrated works demonstrate the period at the clinic as one of his most productive.

School of Visual Arts and Valetudo Association: Art and Healing in Provence


The transatlantic partnership, that originated in an exchange of exhibitions between Valetudo and the MPS Art Therapy Department, now involves the works of MPS Digital Photography students and alumni. The College provides the clinic with photographic prints on which some of the patients then paint or make collages. The resultant pieces are the physical manifestation of a shared belief in the value of art therapy, and of art and culture in healing.


Art et Divertissement/Art and Revelry, 2019


L’art du Partage/The Art of Sharing, 2018


Liberation, 2017


Transitions, 2016


Vincent, from the roots to the stars, 2015


Springtime and Rebirth, 2014


A la recherche du bleu/Looking for Blue, 2013


Rêves de Provence/Dreams of Provence, 2012


Life's Work, 2011


Art and Healing, 2010