The Carol Lark Art Therapy Award sponsored by MATA is an initiative that began to honor the memory of Carol Lark, PhD, ATR-BC, GCP. Carol was an exceptional human being in addition to being a well-known art therapist, assistant professor at SIUE, mentor, artist, mother, wife, grandmother, and much more. She touched the lives of many and was an influential contributor and very active in her community. She is still profoundly missed by many over 8 years after her passing following a 9-month courageous fight against Leukemia.
Carol Lark passed away on October 7, 2009. In her short 63 years, she lived a life seeking knowledge and healing for others. As the daughter of U.S.A.F. aviator and WWII veteran, Carol’s formative years were spent experiencing the world. She chose St. Louis, Missouri to be her stable home in 1967 where she began her own family by marrying her husband John with whom she had three children. Carol’s strong interest for knowledge carried her back to her education where she eventually earned a doctorate in Applied Psychology and Art Therapy.