FSU prof David Gussak explores art and violence in new book

Florida State University Professor David Gussak, former Chairman of the Department of Art Education and currently Project Coordinator for Art Therapy in Prison’s Program, is a beloved presence within the university.

He is affable, funny, approachable, and devoted to using art as a means to enter into the “internal spaces” of those who create art, where the energies that propel actions of all kinds can be examined – even those actions which may be reprehensible – or even deadly.

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From experience gathered over nearly 30 years working in art therapy with psychiatric patients and the incarcerated, Gussak believes that offering them the opportunity to create art, and interpreting the artistic output of such individuals has the potential to change them. It may also allow us to better understand the components of what drives their actions.

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