Genevieve in her studio with one of her paintings

Patient Story

Finding Purpose & Passion in Art: Meet Genevieve Nutley

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In 2011, Genevieve sustained both spinal cord and brain injuries in a car accident. While an in-patient at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, she tried Art Therapy and picked up a paintbrush for the first time in her life. She recalls that her painting of the night sky expressed what she could no longer communicate in words: her feelings of isolation after several months of hospitalization. The experience moved her profoundly.

Genevieve found her purpose in Art Therapy and has dedicated her life to making art and advocating for marginalized communities. Each year, she participates in Art in Motion, our annual event benefiting the Art Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation programs at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. She’s proud to share her art to raise money for the program that changed her life.

Genevieve Nutley's art featured in Art in Motion 2023
A few pieces featured in Art in Motion 2023 by Genevieve Nutley
Genevieve Nutley and family
Genevieve and loved ones at Art in Motion 2023

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