Call for Artists: Brushes with Cancer Austin 2019

Call for Artists: Brushes with Cancer Austin 2019

TWIST OUT CANCER IS PROUD TO PRESENT AUSTIN’S FIRST INAUGURAL Brushes with Cancer 2019 Program and Celebratory Gala –



CALL TO ARTISTS: “Brushes with Cancer Provides Psycho-Social Support To Those Touched By Cancer To Improve The Quality Of Life For Cancer Patients, Their Family And Loved Ones, Through A Unique Art Experience.”

THE PROGRAM: Creating Unexpected Intersections

Brushes with Cancer strategically matches artists with those touched by cancer to create unique pieces of artwork reflective of their journey. Over a period of 4-6 months, up to twenty selected pairs will connect in person, via skype, on the phone or by email. Their relationships are guided and supported by Twist Out Cancer volunteers with the intention of creating a support system for both the artist and subject. The program finishes on a high note with our signature celebratory art exhibition, gala and auction where the artwork is revealed for the first time. All mediums accepted including oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolors, prints, drawings, mixed media, sculpture, photography, and digital. All artwork must be original and must not infringe upon any copyright or the rights of any person.

ABOUT TWIST OUT CANCER: Twist Out Cancer provides psychosocial support to cancer survivors and their loved ones through creative arts programming. We are a global community that enables anyone touched by cancer to connect, create, support and inspire.

Twist Out Cancer (TOC) was built on the belief that when you share, the world opens up. At the age of 29, Jenna Benn Shersher was diagnosed with grey zone lymphoma—a rare form of cancer which affects less than 300 people in the United States. Midway through treatment, Jenna, a dancer at heart, was isolated due to her compromised immune system. Alone and longing for the days when she could dance freely, she created an online video of herself doing the twist. She asked her friends to join her on her virtual dance floor, and within days, Jenna’s challenge was met by hundreds of videos of thousands of people dancing around the world. She no longer felt alone but instead connected to and supported by a community of twisters. When Jenna completed treatment she knew that she wanted to give back in a meaningful way. She recognized the power of sharing and the importance of creating a support community that caters to the psychosocial needs of those affected by cancer. Thus: Twist Out Cancer was born.

APPLICATIONS: Applications accepted Online only via

SALES: All artwork will be auctioned off at the celebratory gala and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Twist Out Cancer for future cancer support programming.

DEADLINE: All applications must be submitted before midnight (CMT) on March 15, 2019. Twist Out Cancer will notify accepted applicants no later than April 15th, 2019.

RECEIVING: Work must arrive by September 1, 2019.

-March 15, 2019 – Deadline for submission
-April 15, 2019 – Notifications emailed to artists
-April 16th – August 31st – Cancer “Inspiration” journey       sharing and artist creation
-October 20, 2019 – Celebratory Gala

CONTACT/QUESTIONS: Please direct all questions to:
Alana Dugandzic – Event Chair and Executive Board Member
direct: 512.797.0882