Lilly Oncology On Canvas, an art exhibition honoring the physical and emotional journeys people face when confronted by a cancer diagnosis, was on display at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center during May 2009. This free public exhibit, which toured communities nationwide, showcased more than 25 select pieces of art from the 2008 Oncology On Canvas competition.
Launched in 2004, Oncology On Canvas is a biennial art competition that invites people from the U.S. and Puerto Rico who have been diagnosed with any type of cancer, as well as their families, friends, caregivers and health care providers, to express, through art and narrative, the life-affirming changes that give the cancer journey meaning.
The winners of the 2008 competition were announced on October 22, 2008, in New York City. In total, 26 prizes were awarded to 20 cancer charities selected by the 19 winners in various categories. The themes explored in the nearly 600 entries ranged from fear, to the loss of individualism, to the support of family and friends, to the memory of those lost, to the perseverance of those who survive.
The traveling exhibition of art from the 2008 competition toured hospitals, cancer centers, patient advocacy group meetings and other venues nationwide during 2009. Lilly Oncology On Canvas is presented by Lilly USA, LLC, a world leader in cancer research and treatment, in partnership with the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), the oldest survivor-led cancer advocacy organization in the U.S. This exhibit is made possible by the participation of Eli Lilly and Company.