The Periwinkle Foundation is proud to announce that Houston-based visual artist Anat Ronen has been chosen as the official guest artist for the 2016 Making A Mark® program, an exhibition of art and creative writing by children touched by cancer and blood disorders at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. Ronen has chosen a theme of Texas animals for the 26th annual art exhibit.
Since 2001, The Periwinkle Arts In Medicine Program at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center has brought unique opportunities for self-expression, empowerment and development of coping skills to patients and their families, in concert with professional artists and writers. Periwinkle’s Arts and Creative Writing Program culminates each year in Making A Mark®, an exhibition of art and creative writing by children and teens touched by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
As part of Making A Mark®, The Periwinkle Foundation invites a local artist to create a collaborative project with the patients during their treatment. The guest artist guides and curates the project to produce a final piece of art for display. Ronen joins a distinguished group of past guest artists, including Ann Johnson, John Palmer, Kelly Gale Amen, Bert Long and Reginald Adams.
For the 2016 Making A Mark collaborative project, Anat will facilitate a series of workshops during which patients undergoing treatment for cancer and blood disorders, along with their siblings, will work to create small sections of a larger image created by Anat. The final master project will consist of five large scale images which will be displayed at Texas Children’s Hospital for the Grand Opening of the 26th Making A Mark® exhibit on September 10, 2016.
“Anat Ronen is well known for several of her mesmerizing art murals around Houston and we are thrilled to welcome her as this year’s Making A Mark® guest artist,” says Doug Suggitt, Executive Director of The Periwinkle Foundation. “The Periwinkle Arts In Medicine Program is one of the many ways our organization works to bring empowering, therapeutic experiences to children and families touched by cancer. Anat’s larger than life artistic creations will certainly provide inspiration to young patients participating in this year’s project.”
Making A Mark® will feature more than 350 pieces of art representing more than 5 different countries. The exhibit will spend one year traveling to venues across the city of Houston and the state of Texas. Young artists will reach beyond the experience of treatment providing powerful messages through their creations which will reach thousands of people through The Periwinkle Foundation’s Postcards from the Road program, which allows those who view the travelling exhibit to write postcards to the artists. Since its inception in 2001, more than 25,000 postcards have been mailed to young patients.
The Making A Mark® Opening Exhibit is held each September on the Auxiliary Bridge at Texas Children’s Hospital in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and is open to the public. All works of art submitted by artists are on display to create a moving and powerful exhibit. The Making A Mark® Traveling Exhibit is open to children from treatment centers all over the world. More than 200 entries have been displayed annually.