April 01, 2019 - April 19, 2019
  • Stifel Fine Arts Center
    1330 National Road Wheeling, WV
  • 304-242-7700
  • Hours
    Monday-Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm/Saturday: 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Free Admission

The Art of Healing exhibition explores the therapeutic power of the creative process to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of cancer patients and their loved ones.

Through drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and written word, artists chronicle their journeys from a variety of perspectives and offer powerful, visual portrayals of the emotional impact associated with a physical illness. The exhibition evokes a better understanding of the everyday challenges of those affected by cancer, honors the lives and memories of those fighting the disease and illustrates how art provides a sense of healing, belonging and relating in situations filled with uncertainty.

The exhibit includes:

  • Narrative Medicine panels by award-winning creative writer and West Virginia University assistant professor Renée K. Nicholson
  • A collection of drawings of the late Lacie Wallace, created by Wheeling’s Independent Artist Group over an eight-year period and throughout her battle with colon cancer
  • Photographs from internationally recognized photographer Angelo Merendino’sdocumentary “The Battle We Didn’t Choose – My Wife’s Fight With Breast Cancer”
  • The Bodice Project – a collection of uplifting and sensitive torso sculptures
  • Photographer and Flashes of Hope contributor Keith Berr
  • Unique paintings of microscopically deconstructed cancer cells by Angela Canada Hopkins
  • Powerful and abstract paintings by Shawn Thornton; done while battling cancer of the pineal gland
  • Arts in Medicine pieces done by patients at the Bing Cancer Center during therapy sessions

Read more about the exhibitors here.

The Art of Healing is on display through April 19. The Stifel Fine Arts Center is open 9am-5pm Monday through Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday. Admission is free.

The Art of Healing Lecture Series

Join us for a series of learning and community-building events held at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center in conjunction with “The Art of Healing” exhibit. Programs explore using art in the healing process and provide resources and social support for those affected by cancer.

Programs take place at 6pm every Thursday from March 7 through April 18 and are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, March 7: Angelo Merendino
Thursday, March 14: Pete Wildey – “The Face of Cancer” Photo Presentation
Thursday, March 21: Renée K. Nicholson
Thursday, March 28: Art Therapy Panel
Thursday, April 4: Exploring Your Inner Landscape: Yoga + Sound Bath 
Thursday, April 11: Bodice Project Artists
Thursday, April 18: Lacie Wallace Benefit Auction

The Health PlanWVU Medicine and United Bank sponsor the exhibit. The Home Support Foundation provided additional support.