Get to know the graduate students in the art therapy program at Syracuse University!
Sara Bessette is a previous graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas and Texas Woman’s University where she earned her degrees in human development and early childhood disorders and counseling and development, respectively. Sara has been working with children and families for over 10 years, with a specific focus on mental health and socio-emotional development since 2016. Sara has worked with individuals, children, and families to address issues related to child abuse, domestic violence, attachment disorders, and post-traumatic stress, but is most passionate about working with disability and social justice. Sara hopes to use her training in Creative Arts Therapy to continue her work bridging mental health resources and advocating for the disabled community, as well as other individuals who are seeking non-verbal methods to support their mental health needs.
Ebony H. Flag
Ebony, a Liberation Artist, was born and raised in the northeastern part of the United States, and from an early age showed an interest in the arts. After taking a few art classes in high school, Ebony would go on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Moore College of Art and Design. As a result of her talents, Ebony has been featured in artist talks and several articles as well as named as the Art Council of Princeton 2020 Artist and Residence. Ebony’s passions do not end at the tip of a pen or paintbrush; she exhibits the same level of commitment in wanting to see others’ lives made ‘better’. Over the past decade, Ebony has worked as an educator, youth counselor, and an overall community builder. Ebony is excited to apply her new knowledge of art therapy to her entrepreneurial endeavor that is, EHF Creations, with the goal of engaging the world, honoring the Divine and others through fine art and art therapy. The goal of Ebony’s art and becoming an Art Therapist is not only to inspire but amplify the voices of the marginalized, giving them space to tell their narrative.
To learn more about Ebony and view her work visit www.ehfcreations.com.
Jak is a graduate student of the Creative Arts Therapy program. Originally from Virginia, she received her bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Design (concentrating in Integrated Advertising and Corporate Communication) from James Madison University. After graduation, she moved to Syracuse, NY to work in graphic design and communication. Over the course of a few years, Jak found art therapy to be her calling, and is very excited for this career change. When she’s not making art, Jak can be found playing with her pups, off-roading in her Jeep, napping, listening to music too loudly, spending time with her husband, and dancing like no one’s watching.
Jessica Grace McGhee
My name is Celena Moulton, I am from Utica, New York, and I am a first-year undergraduate Art Therapy Student at Syracuse University. I graduated from Syracuse University in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Art Education, including a studio concentration in drawing and painting. I recently have been incorporating more mixed media into my art practice, as well as pursuing my passions for dance, music, and photography in exploring the healing potentials of creative expression. I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge and practice as an artist and art educator by furthering my education and beginning my journey at becoming an art therapist!
Julia Anne Mumpton
Julia Anne Mumpton is a mixed media artist from Central New York. As a child, she loved exploring the outdoors and being creative which led her to study and fall in love with the earthy medium of clay in three years of high school ceramics. She went on to study at Siena College and earned a degree in Business with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Financial Planning. During her undergraduate experience, she pursued the opportunity to study at Savannah College of Art and Design which further solidified her passion for creating art and her desire to help others. Upon graduation, she completed her 200 hour Hatha and Vinyasa Flow training with Sadhana Yoga School. She spent six months as a studio assistant at Saratoga Clay Arts Center teaching children’s pottery classes and expanding her ceramics practice. Today, Julia is pursuing her master’s in Art Therapy to combine her passion for the arts with her desire to heal the world. Her work is inspired by a deep love for mother earth, follow her journey on Instagram: @colorful.stillness & @mumptonjulia