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Figge hosts cancer survivor art exhibit

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 11:15 a.m. CST

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Living Proof Exhibit: Cancer Survivor Art, opened in the Mary Waterman Guildehaus Community Gallery at the Figge Art Museum on Aug. 16. This exhibition is in collaboration with the group Living Proof Exhibit, a non-profit organization which provides free art therapy classes for cancer patients and survivors.

The exhibit showcases the passion, courage and talent of cancer survivors and patients within a 150-mile radius of the Quad Cities who use art as a way to reflect on and celebrate survival.

More than 50 works will be featured and range in scope from multi-artist pieces created during group therapy sessions to highly individualized artworks. From recycled bed sheets, watercolor and acrylic on canvas to photography, oil on canvas and fiber, a broad array of media is represented.

Submissions were collected earlier this year through Living Proof Exhibit. A total of 85 works were submitted and participants were eligible to submit up to five works each for consideration.

“These works of art not only express creativity, but also a passion for life,” said Pamela Crouch, co-founder of Living Proof Exhibit. “Survivors come through their cancer journey with a renewed strength, and that strength is reflected in their work.”

“We are thrilled that the community will have the opportunity to see the survivors’ work,” said Mary Ellen Cunningham, co-founder of Living Proof Exhibit. “The exhibit will also feature a booklet filled with each survivor’s unique artist statement.”

Figge Director of Education Melissa Mohr played a prominent role in bringing Living Proof to the Figge. “The community gallery is a special place at the Figge and this exhibition provides a platform for the contributing artists to share their own story of strength and survival through art,” said Mohr. “Visitors will have the chance to experience those stories first-hand.”

Living Proof Exhibit: Cancer Survivor Art will be on view through Oct. 26 and is sponsored by UnityPoint Health–Trinity.

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