Living Proof Exhibit: A Visualization of Hope

"A Visualization of Hope" opens on September 5th with a free public reception from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Many artists statements in the exhibition, "A Visualization of Hope," are messages that share personal stories while expressing appreciation for fleeting moments of time. The thirty artists represented in the juried exhibition rely on different media to process complex emotions. All of the artists have stories to tell about battling cancer. The non-profit organization, Living Proof Exhibit, organizes this annual juried show and has partnered with the Muscatine Art Center since 2017.

In presenting this exhibition and through offering free classes, both Living Proof Exhibit and the Muscatine Art Center want to send the message that the arts can be part of the healing process. As creating art in any form is a process of sharing emotions, people managing a wide range of difficulties, including cancer, can benefit from a creative outlet. Patients coping with cancer can experience a wide range of emotions which may be difficult to communicate. Making art can be one way to express feelings and can result in reduced stress, anxiety, and depression.

Living Proof Exhibit and the Muscatine Art Center are committed to developing a safe place where cancer patients, survivors, support team members, and caregivers can connect with others in similar situations. The two have offered eight Creative Sessions in recent years and two more are scheduled for fall 2019. See the class page for more information.

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