Midwest Region In Person and Virtual Events
The Brushes With Cancer Midwest Art Exhibition and Celebration: Sunday, November 14, 2021
Artwork, storytelling and entertainment available to you in person and at home.
In-Person Art Exhibits & Celebrations will also be hosted in Chicago & Detroit.

Brushes with Cancer Midwest 2021

The Brushes with Cancer Experience
The Program

Brushes with Cancer is a program of Twist Out Cancer that strategically matches artists with individuals touched by cancer (inspirations). Over a period of 6 months, the artist and inspirations work together to build a relationship built on mutual understanding and trust. The artist creates a unique work of art that is reflective of the inspiration’s journey with cancer. The program culminates in a virtual event that celebrates survivorship, and hope, where the art is auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting the mission and work of Twist Out Cancer.

Our Participants


Arielle Prichard

Anna Warner-Mayes

Marisa Kimmel

David Richman

Sophia Bamiatzis

Jackie Herigodt

Catie Glossman

Linda Mariano

Christina Paniccia

Soraya Fata

Noah Plotkin

Kandis Draw

Nicole Cyphert

Vanessa Slavich

Jae Green

Kirsten Johnson

Anuja Deo

Dr. Marjorie Newman

Sveta Desai

Jennifer Gardner

Leah Jacoby

Christine Jon’el

Kristin Meekhof

Flora Migyanka

Lindsey Melnyk

Joe Bullock

Bryan Hawkinson

Dr. Shara Cohen

Eyal Schechter

Tulsi Chikhal 

Tammy Cedo

Maria Fischer

Pam Oliver

August Spree


Ruth Durschlag

Michele Kellner

Kate Lollio

Scott Klimek

Janice Zeuch

Jeff Guerrero

Micki Buksar-Cecil

Kara Thomas

Tammy Campbell

Shefali Khanna

Mignon Dupepe

Andrea Picard

Callie Cullinan

Kenny Lapins

Joelle Goldman

Thomas Pyrzewski

PC Elliott

Annie Arnold

Basil Zaviski

Ben Moore

Yael Simmons

Patricia L. Colmenero

Jeffrey Frogget

Ashley Carlson

Joey Tea

Ryan Miller

Kristin Wenc

Dorothy Mason

Akiva Gross

Esther Rubyan

Cal Navin

Jeff Mendenhall

Sara Zielinski

Cai Fasse

Featured Virtual Ticketing Options
Limited in-person art exhibits will also be offered in the cities of Chicago & Detroit!

Art Exhibition at Floating World Gallery

Join us at the Floating World Gallery  located at 1925 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL, 60614 for a limited public installation from November 15-November 17, 2021. Your ticket will provide access to a private tour of the exhibition by appointment. We will send you a link to schedule your in person viewing upon completion of your ticket purchase.

Select artwork will also be on display at Detroit Shipping Company, free and to the public from November 12th-26th during business hours.

At Twist Out Cancer, the health and safety of our participants is critical. Please check out our policy which will be updated according to CDC guidelines. We encourage attendees to read through our COVID-19 Policy

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Extended Art Installation at Detroit Shipping Company

For those that live in the Detroit Metro area, please check out our month long installation at the Detroit Shipping Company starting Thursday, November 11, 2021.

A private reception will take place on Thursday, November 11th at 7:00 pm for inspirations and artists that are involved in the program. Ticket holders will be treated to a champagne toast and enjoy an exclusive program.

Following the participant reception the installation is open to the public and free of charge.


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Brushes with Cancer Philly event at Yards

Virtual Tickets are now on sale!

Tickets to The Brushes with Cancer Midwest Art Exhibition and Celebration are now available online.

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Virtual Brushes with Cancer Midwest Art Exhibition & Celebration (at home)
Includes 1 pass to the virtual Brushes with Cancer Midwest Art Exhibition & Celebration. The event includes access to the art exhibition and online auction, and a showing of the virtual program on Sunday, November 14th. Also includes access to the online art auction and the physical art exhibitions at Detroit Shipping Company and Floating World Gallery. See additional info for exact locations and times.
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Premier Sponsor
Floating World Art Exhibition
$35.00 November 15-17, the Brushes with Cancer Midwest Art Exhibition will take place at Floating World Gallery. Private showings can be arranged with Twist Out Cancer Staff. To set up a showing you must purchase a ticket in advance. Your contribution is 100% tax-deductible as allowable by law.
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Participant VIP Preview of the Art Exhibition - Detroit and/or Chicago
Tickets are ONLY available to current program participants (Inspirations, Artists, and Mentors) and includes one complimentary guest to the Brushes with Cancer Midwest Preview event. The Preview Reception ticket includes access to the in-person art exhibition. The participant reception will take place on Sunday, November 14th at 1:00 pm CST. at the Detroit Shipping Company through November 20th, and Floating World Gallery through November 17th. Your ticket also includes a meal to be enjoyed at home, a Twist Kit filled with Twist Out Cancer swag, and free access to the virtual event.
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Interested In Becoming A Sponsor?

Would you like to be one of our exclusive sponsors for the upcoming Brushes with Cancer event? Please download our sponsorship brochure to learn more.

We would love to hear from you. Check out our sponsorship page to learn more.



Sponsorship Form
Brushes with Cancer Honorees
Thaddeus Wong
Brushes with Cancer Midwest Honoree and Co-Founder of @Properties
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Emily Sachs Wong
Brushes with Cancer Midwest Honoree and Lead Broker @Properties
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Brushes with Cancer Co-Chairs
Cynthia Beck
Brushes with Cancer Midwest Co-Chair
Bari Murphy
Brushes with Cancer Midwest Co-Chair
Speakers and Entertainment
Photo of Jenna Benn Shersher
Jenna Benn Shersher
Founder and CEO of Twist Out Cancer
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Andrew Edelston
Twist Out Cancer Board Chair
Noah Plotkin
Noah Plotkin
Brushes with Cancer Artist, Inspiration and Musical Performer
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Featured Auction

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The Brushes with Cancer Online Art Auction and Exhibition will be available for viewing 2 weeks in advance of the big event. In the meantime, check out our online store for art inspired apparel and household items.

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Featured Program Alumni Artists
Perry Milou
Perry Milou
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Michael Leavy
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Ali Williams
Ali Williams
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The Team

Board Members

Jenna Benn Shersher- Founder, CEO and Board President

Andrew Edelston- Board Chair

Dr. Gena Khodos- Treasurer

Emma Peck Block- Secretary

Dr. Sharon Arffa- Executive Board Member

August Spree- Executive Board Member

Joelle Goldman- Executive Board Member

Joshua Taustein- Executive Board Member

Stephanie Plein- Executive Board Member

Erin Green Johnson- Executive Board Member

Arlene Bonnet- Executive Board Member

Iris Marreck- Executive Board Member

Dr. Christian Squillante-Executive Board Member

Jon Goldberg- Executive Board Member

Howard Aaron-Executive Board Member

Jennifer L. Katz Margolis- Executive Board Member

Cynthia Beck- Executive Board Member

Danny Glick- Executive Board Member

Jacqueline Carmody- Advisory Board Member

Thomas Croce- Advisory Board Member

Gudrun Wu Synder- Advisory Board Member

Jeffrey Guerrero- Advisory Board Member

Dr. Martin Hogan- Advisory Board Member

Mardi Kaplan- Advisory Board Member

Kimberly Kass- Advisory Board Member

Anna Feneis- Advisory Board Member

Ella Hawk- Advisory Board Member

Twist Out Cancer Canada

Dan Hadad Aviad- Chair Canada

Sharon Marcushamer- Chair Canada

April Gibson

Suzanne Cronin

Tim Richardson



Host Committee

Howard Aaron- Co-Chair

Janine Kirby- Co-Chair

Dr. Sharon Arffa

Rebecca Bar

Shelby Zitelman

Sonya Keshwani

Ella Hawk

Tanya Kertsman

Dr. Christian Squillante

Lori Shuster

Dr. Jenn Burg


Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder and CEO

Amelia Hanrahan, COO

Robert Morris, Development Director

Joshua Taustein, Director of Marketing and Communications

August Spree, Director of Programming

Dr. Lauren Zaluda Rynar, Clinical Director

Jacqueline Carmody, Licensed Clinical Art Therapist

Lindsay Patton, Director of Digital Strategy

Ellie Monieson, Director of Social Media

Jenna Koch, Intern

Stella Lefkowsky, Intern

Host Committee

Twist Out Cancer acknowledges the dynamic Host Committee that works to make the program possible and the unique event a true celebration of life!

Cynthia Beck, Co-Chair

Bari Murphy, Co-Chair

Jeffrey Froggett

Kara Thomas

Brian Semel

Nikki Dicks

Anna Warner-Mayes

Kirsten Johnson

Jozie Bullard

Kenny Lapins

Stephanie Plein

Marty Hogan

Lizzie DeMateo

Program Mentors

Twist Out Cancer acknowledges the caring and careful support that mentors provide to Artists and Inspirations.

Vanessa Dunham

Jacqueline Carmody

Callie Cullinan

Jamie Zeller Bitton

Stephanie Plein

Joshua Taustein

Marty Hogan

Nikki Dicks

Carol Damoth

Sharon Roesser