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Celebrating the Creativity of the Brain Tumor Community

The purpose of our annual exhibition is to give the brain tumor survivor community an opportunity to showcase their work and share their stories, while raising awareness and much-needed funds for critical programs that improve the lives of all those affected by brain tumors.

The Art of Surviving, led by the Raymond A. Wood Foundation, is an online art competition held in May to celebrate Brain Tumor Awareness Month and recognize the creativity of the brain tumor survivor community. Many brain tumor survivors use art as a way to cope with the challenges that come with treatment, a means to calm and focus on a healing brain, and an opportunity to express their experiences.

Art of Surviving Categories

  • Drawing, Painting, Printmaking
  • Photography, Digital Art
  • 2-D & 3-D Art
  • Jewelry & Textiles
  • Creative Writing
  • Performance Art
Moby & Stephanie at the 2023 Art of Surviving Auction

Moby, along with mom Stephanie, shows of his work: Super Maryam Saves the Day

2023 Art of Surviving Winners


WIll Mumford, Handbuilt Ceramic Vases


Child – Melissa Onofrey, Brain Waves
Youth – Katarina Love, Diana
Adult – Vaida Medina, Pituitary Woman


Child  – No submission
Youth – Angel Gregson, “Who am I?” Craniopharyngioma
Adult – Jason Burris, Classic Car


Child – Samaya Glazier, Landscape of Life
Youth – Will Mumford, Handbuilt Ceramic Vases
Adult – Grace Zhang, An ABC Meal


Child – Lila Everest, Our Journey
Youth – Sahaja, Breaking Down
Adult – Allison Reeder, Made It


Child – Lila Everest, Cranio Colours
Youth  –  Will Mumford, Handmade Ceramic Bead Earrings
Adult – Carrie Atwood, I am a Warrior


Child – Lila Everest, Cranio Courage
Youth  – Angel Gregson, It effects you to
Adult – Jason Burris, Pining for Pinecones

People’s Choice Award


1st – Mobeen Salim, Super Maryam Saves the Day, 674 votes
2nd – Eugenie Hsu, Forbidden Fruit, 646 votes
3rd – Kobi (Swe’) Martin, The Tiller


1st – Alex Wood, Northern Lights, 601 Votes
2nd – Samaya Glazier, Landscape of Life, 514 Votes
3rd – Samaya Glazier, Headdress – Brain of Beauty, 345 Votes


1st – Levi Olson, Sol for Soul, 849 Votes
2nd – Harley Jo Hebnes, Overwhelmed, 586 Votes
3rd – Angel, Dudley the Dalmation, 347 Votes


1st – Allison Reeder, Made It, 419 Votes
2nd – Jason Burris, Before You Lies a Door, 235 Votes
3rd –  Sarah Hogan, Hope in Grief, 225 Votes

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