About the Jill Mellick Award
The award was established in honor of Professor Emerita Jill Mellick, Ph.D., a gifted artist, writer, educator and therapist whose work greatly influenced, and continues to influence, the role that creative expression plays in health, wellness and culture particularly in the fields of Transpersonal and Jungian psychology.
Dr. Mellick founded the creative expression program at The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University) and her philosophy is still integrated in the coursework today. She was also a founding member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA). Her dedication to creative process is exemplary and reflected in her generative life and many published works.
Micah Linton, MATP
2015 Sofia University Alumnus
Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Psychology with a specialization in Creativity and Innovation
“As a way of inner knowing, creativity involves openness to new experiences and I feel the process of visual creation taps into an unconscious realm where mental imagery intertwines with memories, fantasy, and dreams that can lead to new perceptions while the conscious interpretation of meaning allows for an integration of experience that can promote self-discovery. As such, I aim to provide methodologies that foster personal growth through the visual arts”. Micah Linton
Micah is a visual artist that continues to be stimulated by the diversity of perspectives and expressions that manifest through the mutual exchange of self-discovery and is constantly motivated to work with new materials and methods of expression that can promote ways of inner knowing and self-awareness. His artwork and writings on inner knowing have been published in the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies. A graduate of Savannah College of Art of Design, Linton received his BFA in 1995 and spent almost two decades creating art and writing stories for video games, children's books, and graphic novels. His experience in the entertainment industry and current clinical work assist him in developing insights vital to future work as a clinical psychologist and also serve as the conceptual basis for a virtual reality project under development.
Diane Lucille Meyer, Ph.D.
2013 Sofia University alumna
Doctorate in Psychology with a concentration in Transpersonal Psychology and certificate in Creative Expression
"For me, the real work I do in my outer world, my true intentions come from my deep internal journey and evolution as an artist. I feel strongly that the people I know and influence must first recover self, travel along self-empathy in order to be able to forgive and set aside their wounds, so they can wholeheartedly be present with the suffering of others. "
Diane's evolution as an artist began at the very early age of 4 with dance, moving on to theater, and finally painting at the age of 22 with water and watercolor. I am 64 in April 2017. It was 1975 when that creative urging, and what Rosemarie Anderson (Anderson & Braud, 2011) calls “beloveds”, (art) found a home in me. “Beloveds” are not only intimates but those occurrences, places, and curiosities in life that claim a person before he even knows them well. This yearning to understand is Eros or love in pure form because the intuitive inquirer wants to know his beloved topic fully. (p. 16)
Diane's watercolor paintings have always been about the intimate conversation between the art and me. She works with artists teaching them to paint and to find their own sacred artistic language, to understand the internal culture within their creative work. She also works to facilitate an empathic inquiry in the healthcare environment with the clinicians, staff, and volunteers.
Elisa Sciscioli, MATP
2014 Sofia University alumna
Master of Transpersonal Psychology with a specialization in Creativity and Innovation
Elisa Sciscioli MATP graduated from Sofia University in 2014. She received undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Ithaca College. Since 2003 Elisa has taught private voice lessons and world music workshops for all ages. In 2006, Elisa launched her “Joy of Group Singing” workshop and class series for adults. She continues to design and teach other uplifting singing experiences for adults including the “Joy of Improvisational Singing” and the “Freeing Your Voice” drop-in class.
Elisa is an actively performing soul singer and songwriter. In 2008 she formed the band Solstice. Her album of original conscious soul music, “Red Sky,” is available on I-tunes. Elisa has recorded harmony vocals with numerous Ithaca NY based artists including Travis Knapp on his newest album, “All The Stars You Hold.” She currently leads the a cappella singing group, “Honey Child Soul Quintet.” This group has performed at fundraising concerts, music festivals, churches, high schools and all-school assemblies. Quintet members assist Elisa in teaching workshops as well.