Lilly Oncology On Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey is an art competition and exhibition that honors the journeys people face when confronted with a cancer diagnosis. The biennial competition invites individuals 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.
Lilly Oncology On Canvas is presented by Lilly Oncology, dedicated to delivering innovative solutions that improve the care of people living with cancer, in
partnership with the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS). NCCS is a nonprofit cancer organization that advocates for quality cancer care for all people touched by cancer and provides tools that empower people to advocate for themselves.
Oncology On CanvasSM is a program started in 2004 by Lilly Oncology to help address a great, unmet need in cancer care — a need that goes beyond medicine — to help those affected by cancer cope with the emotional toll of the disease.
Winners are selected by an independent panel of judges, typically including the art competition director, past winners, cancer survivors and representatives from patient advocacy groups. The end result of the competition is a compelling art collection that provides insights into the wide range of emotions experienced by those touched by cancer.
To date, more than 4,100 individuals touched by cancer have submitted artwork and narratives to Lilly Oncology On Canvas.
A Proud History
Lilly Oncology On Canvas was launched in 2004 and received more than 400 pieces of art from 23 countries. In 2005, the art began a world tour in over a hundred cities.
In 2006, Lilly Oncology On Canvas received more than 2,000 pieces of art from 43 countries. Artwork from the 2006 competition has toured nearly 200 cities worldwide.
The 2008 competition, which was open to all residents of the United States and Puerto Rico, received nearly 600 entries.
The 2010 Lilly Oncology On Canvas competition attracted 635 inspiring entries, bringing the total number of submissions to more than 3,600.
2010 also saw the inauguration of the Ellen Stovall Award, presented by Lilly Oncology and NCCS. The award is named for Ellen L. Stovall, former NCCS President and CEO and a leading advocate for cancer survivorship. It was created to honor a public figure who has been “a true champion and relentless advocate for cancer survivorship.”
Building on the Legacy
Winners from the 2012 competition, along with the recipient of the Ellen Stovall Award, were announced in the fall of 2012. All in all, 531 high-quality entries were received, which brought the total number of submissions since the competition’s inception in 2004 to more than 4,100. Artwork from the Lilly Oncology On Canvas competition is touring hospitals, cancer centers and patient advocacy group events.
For further information about Lilly Oncology On Canvas, an exhibit schedule, and more, visit www.LillyOncologyOnCanvas.com, call 1-866-991-LOOC (5662) or email email@example.com. You may also follow Lilly Oncology On Canvas on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
To learn more about cancer survivorship tools and resources, visit the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship website at www.canceradvocacy.org.