7th Annual Art of Surviving

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Discover the Power of Creativity and Resilience with the Art of Surviving. Join Us in Celebrating Courage, Connection, and Community through Art.

Discover the power of creativity in the face of adversity.

Thank You to Our Participants and Supporters

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the participants of the Art of Surviving exhibition. Your courage, creativity, and willingness to share your stories through art have left an indelible mark on our community. We also want to thank our supporters for their unwavering encouragement and commitment to our cause. Your generosity enables us to continue our mission of raising awareness about brain tumors and supporting those affected by them. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of survivors and their families. Thank you for being part of this journey with us.

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2024 Winners

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Brain Tumor Survivor | Child 0-12
1st Samaya Glazier-Bae Mindblown  
2nd Anniston Weaver Anni’s Elephant
3rd Lila Everest  I could…

Brain Tumor Survivor | Youth 13-17
1st Jake Serota Phoenix Rising
2nd Samantha Onofrey Map
3rd Abigail Memmensheimer Acorns 

Brain Tumor Survivor | Adult 18+
1st Erin Loughran Self Portrait of Air Bear 
2nd Ian Brown Spirits
3rd Tara Berg Self Portrait of a Survivor 

1st Jane Millar Going Away
2nd Olivia Wiedele Flowers for You
3rd Richard Kalocsai Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

Caregiver/Family Member
1st Eugenie Hsu I did it!
2nd Eugenie Hsu The Art of Surviving Craniopharyngioma
3rd Sharon Pitcher Blossoming Fifty Years

1st Lewis Blevins The Surgeons Focus
2nd Dennis Forsland Hermie the Hermit Crab
3rd Mahi Patel Resilience in Red: The Journey of Healing

Best By Category

Drawing, Painting, Printmaking
Jake Serota, Phoenix Rising

Photography, Digital Art
Raine Azure, Radiant Son

2-D & 3-D Art
Alex Wood, Sea Life Vase

Jewelry & Textiles
Angel Gregson, What makes you smile…Smile

Creative Writing
Abigail Memmesheimer, Acorns

Performing Arts
Ian Lee Brown
, Spirits


Our exhibition features a diverse range of categories to accommodate various forms of artistic expression:

  • Drawing, Painting, Printmaking: Explore the world of traditional and contemporary visual art.
  • Photography, Digital Art: Discover the beauty captured through the lens and digital media.
  • 2-D & 3-D Art: Immerse yourself in artworks that transcend dimensions.
  • Jewelry & Textiles: Admire the intricacy and craftsmanship of wearable art.
  • Creative Writing: Engage with the written word through poetry, prose, and storytelling.
  • Performance Art: Experience the power of live performance and expression.

How Voting Works

Voting in the Art of Surviving Exhibition is both simple and impactful. For each dollar you donate as a vote, you’re not only supporting the artists but also contributing to the Raymond A. Wood Foundation’s mission of driving research, advocating for improved treatment outcomes, and providing essential resources for brain tumor survivors and their families.

Meet Our Participants:

Our exhibition welcomes individuals from who have been touched by the experience of brain tumors:

Brain Tumor Survivors: Sharing the journey through the transformative medium of art.

Caregivers: Finding solace and connection as you navigate the challenges of caregiving through creative expression.

Family Members: Honoring the stories of loved ones affected by brain tumors and share their legacies through art.

Supporters: Standing in solidarity with the brain tumor community and contribute to their healing journey through your presence and support.

Join us in recognizing and celebrating the power of art to heal, connect, and inspire. Together, let’s make a meaningful difference in the lives of brain tumor survivors worldwide.

The Importance of Art in Healing

For many participants of the Art of Surviving Exhibition, art is much more than a creative outlet – it’s a lifeline, a form of therapy, and a means of self-expression. Here are some reasons why art holds immense significance to our participants:

  1. Coping Mechanism: Living with a brain tumor or supporting a loved one through their journey can be emotionally and psychologically challenging. Art provides a safe space for participants to process their experiences, express their feelings, and cope with the complexities of their situation.
  2. Healing and Empowerment: Engaging in artistic expression has therapeutic benefits, promoting healing and empowering participants to reclaim control over their narratives. Through art, they can transform pain into beauty, fear into courage, and vulnerability into strength.
  3. Communication and Connection: Art transcends language barriers and enables participants to communicate thoughts and emotions that words alone may fail to convey. It fosters connection within the brain tumor community, allowing participants to share their stories, find common ground, and offer support to one another.
  4. Sense of Purpose: Creating art gives participants a sense of purpose and accomplishment, affirming their identity beyond their diagnosis or caregiving role. It instills a sense of agency and reminds them of their innate creativity and resilience.
  5. Advocacy and Awareness: Art serves as a powerful tool for advocacy and raising awareness about the realities of living with a brain tumor. Through their artwork, participants amplify their voices, challenge stigma, and educate others about the challenges they face.

In essence, art is not just a form of expression for our participants – it’s a source of hope, healing, and empowerment. It allows them to transcend their circumstances, find beauty in adversity, and connect with others on a profound level.

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Support Our Work

The Raymond A. Wood Foundation advocates for survivors and caregivers faced with challenges after brain tumor treatment. A donation — big or small — helps us do this important work.

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