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Bio: Ann Seltzer Pangborn


Feltmaking synthesizes so many things I love: sharing the craft with others is pure bliss, and I hope my website inspires this sense of bliss.


    Art has always been at the center of my life. I have a masters in Creative Arts Education from Rutgers University, where I first became involved with therapeutic arts as a volunteer in the pediatrics ward at St. Peter’s Hospital.   For many years, I worked as a professional illustrator, primarily with pen and ink -- a medium so different from the hard-to-control meanderings of merino wool and silk fibers!


    In 2002 I earned national professional certification to practice as an Expressive Arts Therapist, and was Artist-in-Residence from 2002 - 2004 in the Radiation Oncology Unit of Mount Nittany Medical Center, helping to transform the waiting room experience with  color and creativity.  As a juried member of The Gallery Shop, in Lemont, Pennsylvania, I enjoy exhibiting my felted art alongside the work of several dozen regional artists.  I have taught at The Pennsylvania State University; at The Art Alliance in Lemont, Pennsylvania; in private studios; and now teach in my home studio in State College in central Pennsylvania.


   Expressive Arts Therapy is (unlike the related field of Art Therapy) a non-psychotherapeutic practice, often “intermodal,” in that it usually blends various forms of creative expression.  Expressive Arts Therapists help people by encouraging expression.  The practice often resembles arts education -- with a core intention of supporting exploration and illuminating the creative process; the experience is nurturing and transformative.  


   I’ve lived in central Pennsylvania since 1979, where my husband, Rob, and I have raised our family.  Each day, enjoying views of the ever-changing colors of Mount Nittany from our home, I cherish the landscape and natural beauty which surround us; the colors, shapes and patterns of nature enliven my artmaking and synthesize with the themes on my mind and in my heart.  


   I wish you bliss.

                                     -  Ann Pangborn