Voices and Visions
Standing on the Bridge Between Health and Disease
A Juried Art Exhibition in Celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness
Exhibit dates: May 9 - June 7, 2011
9:00 AM -5:00 PM weekdays 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Saturdays
6:00 PM - until curtain on show nights
Entryway Gallery and North Hallway at Lakewood Center for the Arts
368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Most people can say they know someone who has been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer. Women everywhere face the fear of diagnosis every year as they have their annual mammograms and physician examinations. This art exhibit gives voice to those of us who have been touched by women’s health, who may live in fear, or who are previvors or survivors of women’s cancers. With this exhibit, we hope to empower those of us who live on that bridge between health and disease.
The exhibit also features statements of women who have undergone breast or ovarian surgeries. Whether elective for prophylactic reasons, or recommended because of a positive diagnosis, women who undergo surgeries endure life changes, both physical and emotional. (Artwork pictured is entitled "Inside Out" by artist/exhibit curator Caren Helene Rudman).
About the Artists
In one way or another, all of the artists have been dramatically affected by women’s cancers. Some are survivors; some have had family members with the disease and some are carriers of the BRCA1 gene linked to the development of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. One photographer, for example, had an 18-year-old cancer patient ask him to photograph her. Another male artist took care of his mother through multiple cancers, including ovarian. Several artists have sisters who had cancer, and others had mothers with the disease.
Meet the Curator
Caren Helene Rudman is an artist who works with mixed media, photography and writing. After learning she carried the BRCA1 gene, a hereditary increased risk for breast and ovarian cancers, her work began to delve into genetics. She has become part of a coalition of woman who are passionate about educating people on the risk of hereditary cancers and the power of taking control of our own bodies. Recently, she was invited to participate in a project, Heroes in the Fight Against Breast Cancer, where she and 14 other devoted women were honored by the governor of Illinois. She lives in the Chicago area with her family. Click here to see her work online.
Medline is proud to sponsor the Voices and Visions art exhibit and extend its message of hope and understanding across the country. As the nation’s largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies, Medline is focused on helping to improve lives. So it’s a natural extension of our corporate mission for us to help save lives through the early detection of breast cancer (visit www.medline.com/breast-cancer-awareness for details). In the past six years, Medline has conducted an awareness campaign and donated more than $800,000 dollars to provide education and free mammograms to those in need and continues to make contributions every year.
As part of its breast cancer awareness campaign, Medline created the Pink Glove Dance video, which has been seen by millions of people across the world and inspired hundreds of others to make their own videos. It has entertained and inspired, and, for many, it has helped to create a more optimistic view of their own battle with breast cancer or battles loved ones have faced.
Click here to download a brochure from Medline about this exhibit.
Click here to see more images of this exhibit as arranged by the curator.
Click here to download the May 12, 2011 Lake Oswego Review article about the exhibit
This exhibit was originally produced by The Art Center Highland Park
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The Art Center Highland Park
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