National art exhibit at JCMC cancer center features work by cancer survivors


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Mountain States Cancer Care at Johnson City Medical Center is hosting a national cancer survivor art project called “Lilly Oncology On Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey.” It will be on display from Aug. 13-26 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

This biennial art competition invites people of all ages from the United States and Puerto Rico diagnosed with any type of cancer — as well as their families, friends, caregivers and healthcare providers — to express, through art and narrative, the life-affirming changes that give their cancer journeys meaning. Categories are survivors, caregivers and healthcare workers of oncology.

“We’re delighted to be able to host this year,” said Stacie Davis, RN, Clinical Educator for Oncology Services with Mountain States. ““We applied for this collection to support and share the cancer experience. Each piece of artwork shares a story of that artist’s cancer journey.

“This art collection is nationally recognized for expressing how cancer touches the lives of survivors, their families and the healthcare workers. Any age can view the exhibit and take away awareness.”

The regional cancer center is at 1 Professional Park Drive, Suite 21, across State of Franklin Road from JCMC in the first green-roofed building on the left.

Lilly Oncology On Canvas is presented by Lilly Oncology in partnership with the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), which advocates for quality cancer care for all Americans and provides tools that empower people affected by cancer to advocate for themselves. For more information on Lilly Oncology On Canvas, visit

There are about 75 pieces on display, the majority of them in the cancer center’s public area, including photos, pastels, watercolors, oil, acrylic and mixed media. There are also several pieces from the exhibit displayed across State of Franklin in JCMC in the radiation oncology center. Each piece has some accompanying text from the artist about the artwork and the story behind it.

How will this exhibit affect people who view it?

“The artwork may make you smile or feel inspired, while other pieces may touch a nerve,” Davis said. “But the whole of the art will share the experiences of people like your mother, son or grandfather.

“Many people’s lives are touched by cancer, and this art exhibition will share their humanity.”

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