the art of Bergland

Christy Bergland
bio & resume

A Brief Biography

Born in Maryland and raised in both Maryland and Maine, I continue both residences where I have studios. After graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art, I earned an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. During that time I spent an invigorating summer at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.

Photography by Harold Rosenberg

My teaching art to school children on Long Island where they were visually describing their experiences, led me to financially support myself as an artist with a career in art therapy. I returned to Philadelphia where I graduated from the Creative Arts in Therapy graduate program at Hahnemann Medical College now Drexel University.

I have been affiliated with Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland for 34 years. As part of my private practice I am the supervising art therapist for The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt.

My work as an art therapist has significantly informed my work as an artist. The notion of connection in collaboration as well as the writings of D. W. Winnicott about "play" and "transitional phenomenon" are fundamental concepts in my artwork as well as in my art therapy work. I am an artist who makes artworks about space and movement in time. "Loss" and "change" are essential muses in the process of "finding" the visual work in present time.

In addition to my studio work, I serve as a past president and current board member of The Creative Alliance at The Patterson, a community based arts organization in Southeast Baltimore.

Artist Resume

Selected One Or Two Person Exhibitions:

2016 – Transitionalism, The Alchemy of Art, Fells Point – Baltimore, MD.
2014 – Maine in Mixed Media, The Laughing Pint, Highlandtown – Baltimore, MD.
2013 – The Seasons of Great Pond, Himmelfarb Gallery, Maryland University of Integrative Health, Laurel, MD.
2012 – Spirit of Place and its Transitions: The Great Pond on Biddeford Pool,ns: Maine, Gormley Gallery,
Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, MD.
2011 – The Maine Drawing Project: The Late Seasons of Great Pond, Saco Museum, Saco Maine.

Selected Juried Exhibitions:

2011 – 22nd National Drawing and Print Exhibition: Gormley Gallery, College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, MD.
Juror: Jose Dominguez.
2010 – 21st National Drawing and Print Exhibition: Gormley Gallery, College of Notre Dame. Baltimore, MD.
Juror: Soledad Salame.

Selected Publications:

2015 – Studio Visit, A juried Selection of International Visual Artists, Vol 32.
2012 – 10 Artists Share their Joy in the Fundamentals of Drawing, Southwest Art Magazine.

Gallery Representation:

2012 – Present: Bay View Company, Saco, ME.
2012 – Present: Towson Arts Collective, Towson, MD.
2012 – 2013: Riverview Gallery, Havre de Grace, MD.


MCAT – Hahneman Medical College and Graduate School – now Drexel University.
MFA – University of Pennsylvania.
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
BFA – Maryland Institute College of Art.

Related Professional Experience:

Past President, current Board Member: The Creative Alliance at the Patterson, Baltimore MD.
Art Therapist in private practice, Baltimore, MD.

Art Therapy Resume

Senior supervising counselor with over 39 years of experience in clinical practice, teaching, program development and research. Broad background includes:
  • Art Psychotherapy for:
    • Affective Awareness
    • Post Traumatic Stress, Personality and Affective Disorders
    • Psychotic Disorders, Bereavement
  • Professional Artist
Professional Experience:


Art Therapy Consultant

Supervising Art Therapist. The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt

Art Therapy Consultant

HOSPICE OF BALTIMORE, Towson, MD (1996 to 1998)
Art Therapy Consultant

Senior Art Therapist Trauma Disorders Day Hospital, Trauma Disorders Service line (1993 to 2002); Forbush School (1996 to 1997)

Section Chief, Expressive Arts Therapies Rehabilitation Services Department (1989 - 1992)
Developed rehab team leader role/program coordinator adult inpatient unit. Responsible for overall clinical and administrative functioning of the section. Specifically responsible for hiring, terminating and supervising staff. Developed and maintained professional standards. Monitored section‟s budget. Planned, administered, implemented and evaluated clinical services, clinical education of interns and acted as consultative liaison to other Hospital programs. Developed an aftercare program for discharged patients. Continued clinical art therapy services outlined below.

Senior Art Therapist (1982 - 1989)
Administrative duties included coordinating art therapy services and art supply budget. Supervised staff art therapists. Oversaw art therapy intern education. Research investigator. Member of Dissociative Disorders Task Force to establish a Dissociative-Multiple Personality Disorders Treatment program.

Art Therapist (1979 - 1982)
Responsible for conducting patient studio and hall based art therapy groups and individual sessions. Responsible for co-developing and leading a Learning Skills group for adult psychiatric patients with neurological impairments. Participated in patient evaluations and treatment team meetings. Conducted educational in-service for clinical staff and students. Administrative duties included being a member of the Protocol Review Board of the Rehabilitative Services Department.

Concurrent Experience:

Art Instructor Catonsville and Essex Community College Continuing Education Program (1977 - 1988)
Responsible for structuring and leading art classes for nursing home and cerebral palsy populations. Focused on skill development and interpersonal communication. Participated with the Activity Directors in developing individual treatment plans and progress notes. Educated staff through in-service training on the therapeutic value of art expression.

Related Experience:

Adjunctive Faculty “Introduction to Art Therapy.”

Clinical supervisor in the Graduate Art Therapy Program.

Clinical Supervisor Graduate Art Therapy Program 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997,
1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001, Adjunctive Faculty 1994, 1996 - 2000

GOUCHER COLLEGE (1981 - 1988)
Adjunctive Lecturer in Child Development, Family Therapy and Art Therapy. Clinical supervisor in the Graduate Expressive Arts Therapy Program

KNOX SCHOOL, St. James Long Island, New York (1973 - 1975) Dir. Art Dept.


MCAT, Creative Arts in Therapy Program, Hahnemann Medical University (1979). Thesis: ‟The Life Review Process in Geriatric Art Therapy - A Pilot Study
MFA, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Fine Arts (1970)
BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art (1967)


ATR (Art Therapist Registered) #81-043: BC (Board Certified) January, 1997
LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor) MD# LC0044
LCPAT (Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist) MD# LCAT0023

Additional Training:

Art Therapy - Brain Function and Impairment, New York University (1986)
A Gestalt Approach in Therapy, Goucher College (1983)
Mandala Assessment and Transpersonal Psychology Mandala Assessment and Research Institute, Towson, MD (1980)
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (1968)

Professional Affiliations:

American and Maryland Art Therapy Associations
Baltimore Society for Psychoanalytic Studies - Board Member
Advisory Board member, Mental Health Center for Children and Adolescents, Johns
Hopkins Health System
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors of Maryland
Creative Alliance - Artist member and Board Member


Research Assistance Award - American Art Therapy Association (1985)


Coordinating Principles of Art Therapy and DBT, with Jessica I. Heckwolf, MA and Maria Mouratidis, PsyD in
The Arts in Psychotherapy - An International Journal
, Vol. 41:4, September, 2014.

Art Therapy: The MRI of the Soul, with Miles Quaytman, M.D. on The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt website (, February, 2012.

Art and Madness: Can the Interface be Quantified ? The Sheppard Pratt Art Rating Scale; an Instrument for Measuring Art Integration, with Rosanne Moore Gonzalez, ATR in the American Journal of Art Therapy, 31:3, February, 1993.

Treatment Choices: Rehabilitation Services Used by Patients with Multiple Personality Disorder, with Gail Z. Richert, OTR/L
in The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 46:7, July, 1992.

Graphic Designer of the Diagram ‟Holding: a Developmental Process" in Developing a Holding Environment During the Treatment of the Borderline Patient, by Miles Quaytman, M.D., in Psychiatric Annals, 17:5, May, 1987.

The Life Review Process in Geriatric Art Therapy; A Pilot Study, in The Arts in Psychotherapy - An International Journal, Vol. 9, 1982.