Ventana Gallery hosts MAMMOCAPES art exhibition to benefit El Rio Health, raisebreast cancer awareness and support
Local artists are invited by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance and Roche Tissue Diagnostics to create artistic mammography capes for this inspiring art installation
(TUCSON, Ariz) Roche Tissue Diagnostics and the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance are joining forces with local artists to feature a community-driven art installation of locally designed and fabricated mammography capes. The exhibition, which is open to the public, will raise awareness about the importance of breast cancer screening and research. The exhibition titled, “Superheroes, Capes of Strength and Beauty,” and a silent auction, will raise funds for El Rio Health, a community-based health center that provides accessible, affordable, high-quality healthcare to more than 107,000 Tucsonans. This special exhibit opens in October, commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The mammography capes are used in El Rio Health by patients receiving mammograms, which is a low- dose x-ray that allows specialists to look for abnormal changes in breast tissue. The exhibit will feature 75 of these capes that have been altered, embellished, painted, quilted and otherwise re-imagined with no limit on materials or techniques used. The exhibit is designed to raise awareness about breast cancer prevention, celebrate survivors and remember those we have lost.
Roche and SAACA are seeking professional and amateur artists, community organizations and students interested in creating one of these unique art pieces. Suggested themes include superheroes, empowerment, survivorship and fashion/glamour. Transformed capes should take this practical garment and elevate it to represent the strength and stories of survivors and those fighting breast cancer.
Amateur and established artists of all ages are invited to participate in the exhibition. To learn more and be provided with a complimentary cape to design, apply online at: https://saaca.formstack.com/forms/2019_roche_superheroes_capes_of_strength_and_beauty. All participants will be acknowledged in the exhibition program, and with an identifying placard onsite.
About the Fundraiser:
Roche will host a silent auction accompanying the opening of the exhibit on October 17, 2019. All displayed capes will have a starting bid of $100, with 100 percent of all funds raised to support El Rio Health Center Foundation’s breast cancer mammography fund for uninsured and underinsured patients. Select pieces will be chosen for display in El Rio Radiology Departments. Unsold pieces will be auctioned by El Rio or gifted to El Rio’s patients who are breast cancer survivors. Purchased capes will remain on display through the end of the exhibition.
An opening reception will be held on October 17, 2019 at Roche Tissue Diagnostics, 1910 E. Innovation Park Drive, from 5pm to 7 p.m. First, second and third place winners will be awarded by an external jury of judges. Reception attendees will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite pieces and artists will be recognized with various awards at a ceremony.
About the Gallery
Roche Tissue Diagnostics, a world leader and innovator of tissue-based cancer diagnostic solutions for patients worldwide, is committed to its mission to improve the lives of all patients afflicted with cancer. In 2004, the company first made a commitment to the arts in Oro Valley with the establishment of a community gallery housed within their Oro Valley campus. Through a progressive partnership with the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, arts have been part of the daily work experience through quarterly gallery exhibitions featuring local to world-renowned artists.
The Ventana Gallery is open to the public by appointment Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on the first and third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call SAACA at (520) 797-3959 ext. 1. Forty-eight hours advance notice is required.
Campus Exhibition Opening Reception
Exhibition Dates: October 4, 2019 – January 7, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Roche Tissue Diagnostics, 1910 E. Innovation Park Drive
Phone: (520) 797-3959
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About the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to ensure that, through engagement in arts and culture, our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. The Alliance also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for all ages.