Thursday, February 27, 2014

"Artists for Healing" exhibit to benefit cancer research

Nearly 100 local artists, including Grossmont College art faculty, have donated their own artwork to “100 x 100 – Artists for Healing,” a benefit to raise money for the American Cancer Society that takes place from 7 – 9 p.m., March 14, in Hyde Art Gallery.

 The gallery is located at Grossmont College at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. Each artist had the option to dedicate their donated piece in honor of someone affected by the disease. 

 Event attendees will be able to select a piece of art to take home after donating $100 prior to or at the event. Cash or check donations will be accepted at the event, as is proof of an online American Cancer Society donation made prior to the event.

 “There probably isn’t a person alive today who hasn’t been touched by cancer,” said Suda House, an event organizer and professor of art and photography at Grossmont College. “If they themselves haven’t had to fight it, someone in their extended family, or a friend, has,” she added. “In my own case, I am donating a piece of work in memory of my mother.”

 The special event is held in conjunction with the ongoing “One Campus, One Book” study of Siddhartha Mukherjee’s  Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.”  With 100 pieces solicited at $100 each, House hopes to raise $10,000 for cancer research. 

 Faculty from the Grossmont College Visual Arts and Humanities Department will also present talks related to “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,” including “Art, the Body and Cancer” by San Diego artist and sculpture program instructor Stephanie Bedwell, accompanied by documentary work by Grossmont College student Ernest Carter, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., March 12, in Griffin Gate, and “Art as an Agent of Healing” by art history professor Malia Serrano, from 12:30 – 1:45 p.m., March 18, in room 26-220.