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  • Millicent McFadden '03
  • Still Life
  • 1999
  • Chalk pastel
  • 32 x 18 inches
  • Courtesy of the artist

Dr. Millicent McFadden attended the Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. She primarily participated in the school’s arts programming and loved developing her artistic skills and interests. A core element of this early artistic training was exploring her impressionistic style, represented within Still Life. Created during her senior year of high school, the work augments visual interest through the composition’s vibrant colors and dramatic lines, blending an impressionistic style with a traditional still life.

After leaving Parkview, McFadden enrolled in Hendrix College in the fall of 1999. As an undergraduate student, McFadden took a variety of Studio Art and Art History courses, the most memorable of which was Welding. She says the class required using her entire body to create work, which was a new experience. She also liked mixing practicality with artistic inventiveness.

McFadden graduated in 2003 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Studio Art. After Hendrix, she earned a master’s degree in Art Therapy from the University of Louisville and a doctorate in Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. McFadden’s doctoral program included a four-year fellowship on cultural awareness, diversity, and social justice, which continues to inform her practice. She now lives in Virginia and specializes in child and family therapy.