Thursday, July 22, 2010

Oncology on Canvas Arrives at Northwest Hospital

This week Eli Lilly and Company and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)'s traveling art exhibition, Oncology on Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey, was installed at Northwest Hospital. It will be on display in Northwest's main lobby and in the Specialty Clinic through August 1.

The exhibition consists of 25 works of art created by an international body of cancer patients, their family and friends, cancer advocates and health care professionals to express on canvas and in narrative what gives their cancer journey meaning, according to materials on the exhibit produced by Lilly. Artworks are entered into a competition and prizes are awarded in the following categories: Overall Best of Exhibition Winner (1st - 3rd prizes); Best of Participant Category Winner (cancer patient; family, friend or caregiver; health care professional); and Best of Participant Category Winners in Each Medium (watercolor, oil, pastel, photography, acrylic and mixed medium).

Competition participants do not submit their work for recognition or monetary gain; entries are kept anonymous and prize winners receive donations ranging from $1,000 to 10,000 for the charity of their choice.

Lilly started the Oncology on Canvas competition in 2004 and has subsequently run biannual contests in 2006, 2008 and 2010. (The 2010 art is now being judged.) Each year, there are over 2,000 entries from about 40 countries, with about a quarter of them from the U.S.

For more information about this inspirational exhibition, visit
-Holly Hosler

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