Dr. Lucy Daniels to Receive Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award, Florence, May 15 – 17

(Raleigh, US/Florence, IT) – May 7, 2014 – The International Symposium on Psychoanalysis and Art will honor Dr. Lucy Daniels with their first ever Lifetime Achievement Award at the group’s sixth annual symposium on May 15-17 in Florence. Dr. Daniels will receive the award at a gala dinner at the conclusion of the seminar on May 17.

The committee cites Dr. Daniels’ unparalleled support of the arts and psychoanalysis in the United States. Graziella Magherini, M.D. will also be honored with the award for her work in Italy and Europe.

“Dr. Lucy Daniels has been the chief and most articulate advocate of the exploration of the ties between our creativity and its power over our mental health,” says Dr. Laurie Wilson, an organizer of the symposium. “When our committee met to discuss the symposium we recognized that Dr. Daniels has been a cornerstone of its existence and an honor should be created to recognize her contributions to these combined fields.”

The theme of this year’s triennial symposium will be “Art/Object: The Artist, the Object, the Patron, and the Audience” and will feature an international roster of prominent art historians, artists, critics, and psychoanalysts, who will explore visual and musical works of art.

A long-term psychoanalytic patient herself, Dr. Daniels is an acclaimed writer of both fiction and memoir and a renowned psychologist (with an active practice at age 80). She is the founder of the Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood and the Lucy Daniels Foundation based in Raleigh, where she has conducted an annual seminar “Our Problems as the Roots of Our Power,” for creative individuals since 1992.

“Our creativity is our life force and the key to understanding so much of our own mental health issues and those of history’s great artists,” says Dr. Daniels. “I’m honored to receive this inaugural lifetime achievement award and look forward to continuing my work exploring the integral relationship between psychoanalysis and the arts.”

Dr. Daniels is the subject of a recent documentary, “In So Many Words,” that explores the roots of her own creativity. The film debuted at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in 2013 and has received special screenings in New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Atlanta and Grand Rapids as well as at the NC Museum of Art.