Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Courage Unmasked

Delivered my mask for Courage Unmasked today to Cookie Kerxton, the tireless force behind this wonderful project, for which over 100 artists transformed radiation masks into works of art. Pictured here is my mask Honeyed Bees Heal Me With Their Poisoned Sting... and Cookie accepting Mariah Josephy's mask.

On September 9, 2009, the American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center will host a totally unique fundraiser called "Courage Unmasked." More than 100 artists from all over the country are creating fine art by transforming radiation masks formerly worn by head and neck cancer (HNC) patients to position and immobilize their heads during treatment.

It was during one such treatment session that this idea came to a patient, also an artist, who wanted to find a way to ease the financial burden on other HNC patients who cannot afford this expensive, grueling, but necessary radiation. The artist's colleagues and doctors quickly endorsed the idea of auctioning the artworks at a gala event, and proceeds will go into the charity fund, dedicated to "help for HNC patients"—which explains the auction's tag line: 911 4 HNC. Donating their time, talent, and caring, the 100+ artists are creating magnificent masterpieces, unlike any other visual art you've seen before.

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