Art Competition Paints Picture Of Cancer

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A cancer diagnosis brings out many emotions that cannot always be expressed through words alone. Art, however, can bring them to life in a powerful way.

An international competition is giving cancer patients, survivors, their families, physicians and others affected by cancer a chance to share their experiences and inspire others through art. Entries for “Lilly Oncology on Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey” are being accepted through July 31. This is the second contest presented by Eli Lilly and Co., in partnership with the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.

“People affected by cancer experience a range of complex emotions, which are often difficult to express,” said Dr. Richard Gaynor, vice president of cancer research for Lilly. “Lilly Oncology on Canvas helps to give these emotions a voice, one that has resonance and meaning.”

Contestants are invited to submit original works of art in the following categories: oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, photography and other (one-dimensional) art. A narrative explaining the artist’s “journey” with cancer should accompany the artwork.

Winners will be notified in the fall of 2006. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the cancer charities of their choice. All art entered in the competition will be displayed for public viewing at the Royal College of Art in Kensington Gore in London. The international panel of judges comprises cancer survivors, oncologists, journalists, cancer advocates and artists.

More than 400 pieces of art from 23 countries were entered in the first Lilly Oncology on Canvas competition. The collection continues to travel the world.

“Lilly Oncology on Canvas brings us all closer to the heart of the cancer journey, enabling those who view the exhibit to experience the range of emotions that cancer survivors or those who care for them experience, and find hope in their inspirational artworks,” said Ellen Stovall, president and chief executive officer of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.

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