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Parking Advisory

With forecast heavy rains for Saturday and the potential for both river and flash flooding, students are asked to avoid parking in low-lying areas of parking lots C, D, E (along the tree line), F (eastern most entrance by the pond), and N-Annex. Cars should now be on higher ground within these lots or in Lot F (by Konover Campus Center). Vehicles should be returned to their assigned parking lots by 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 21.

Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson


M.F.A. Candidate

Lesley University
Boston, MA

B.F.A., Painting, 2012

I live near Boston and work as a therapeutic artist for patients in the pediatric palliative care program at a hospice organization in Newton, Mass. This expressive art career path resonated with me so I am now pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lesley University with a specialization in art therapy. 
     Cat Balco’s course Arts in Healthcare introduced me to the therapeutic arts field. I worked with residents at a local nursing home and rehabilitation center, helping them explore meaningful artmaking and how to use it to communicate and express emotions. I was inspired.
       I also currently work as a gallery assistant at Le Laboratoire, an interactive art and science gallery in Cambridge, Mass. Prior to my current career path, I was the lead production artist at a ceramic 3D printing company. Matt Towers’ class Clay and Glaze Lab, which taught the chemistry in creating clay bodies and glazes, had a lot of influence on me and was directly applicable to my job. In my spare time, I still enjoy making art, and have exhibited it in various art shows in the New England area.
     My education at Hartford Art School taught me to think creatively to find solutions to new problems. My professors supported my learning technical aspects of artmaking, as well as unique artistic development. The support of the faculty and other alumni has continued to this day, providing a network of close friends and mentors. 


  • Imaginary Journeys, Common Street Arts, Waterville, Maine
  • Ellipses Project, Real Art Ways, Hartford, Conn.
  • What We Call Balance, Torrington, Conn.
  • Next Generation 2002-2012, ENViSIONFEST, Hartford, Conn.