Brushes with Cancer Spring 2024
April 6, 2024: The Brushes With Cancer Spring 2024 Art Exhibition and Celebration
In person at the Writer's Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois.

Reserve your Ticket for the April 6th Reception and Art Exhibition!

Join us for an evening of celebration, art and storytelling.

Featuring 29 Inspirations & 29 Artists from 10 states and 5 countries

Ticket includes small bites, drinks, and an up close viewing of the exhibition.

Music provided by Imperial Boxmen whose sound sits firmly in the jazz underground of Chicago.

Choose from two exhibition time slots. 

6-8pm or 8:30-10:30pm

Purchase your Ticket

Brushes with Cancer Spring 2024 Art Auction is LIVE

View the artwork inspired by stories of hope, resilience, and healing and make your bid!

View the Artwork
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 celebration of survivorship and hope, where the art is auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting the mission and work of Twist Out Cancer.

Our Participants


Lauren Edelston

Martine Derom

JJ Singleton

Sophia Williams

Kenya Johnson-Brown

William Dagiantis

Jamie Knoll O’Neill

Maureen Bardusk

Patryce Sheppard

Tommy Holl

Mara Weiner

Nikki Malazarte

Martha Carlston

Rachel Taft

Elena Marcozzi

Lea Zarazua

Katie Edick

Julie Parks

Annemarie Metzler

Kelsey Smith

Kim Builta

Anna Hill

Jessica Whorton

Kelly Boehm

Chrisy Caez Claudio

Doretha “Dee” Burrell

Texie Washington

Shawn Williams

Rachel Lindsey



Kara Thomas

Mignon Dupepe

Naimah Thomas

Kathryn Tubbs

David Turok

Russell Muits

Julie Rearick

Kenny Lapins

Aliyah Sadaf

Bari Fleischer

Susan Isaacson

Michele Kellner

Lauren Herrmann

Anne Marie Morgan

Lena Snow

Magdalena Cuevas

Ashley D’Amico

Annabelle Pare

Erin Nelson

PC Elliott

Mali Schwartz

Dianey Rueda

Zachary Rowatt

Jacqueline Carmody

Alejandro Lopez-Rincon

Johanna Mabry

Elya Stumbaugh

Brad Young

Nina Ashraf Asmi






Private Tour of the Art Exhibition at Writer's Theatre

Brushes with Cancer Midwest 2024 exhibition will take place at Writers Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois from April 8-12th, 2024. The artwork will be displayed and the pieces will be available for purchase through the auction from April 6th through April 22, 2024. We are offering private group tours for guests to read the stories of inspiration, and experience the healing power of the creative arts. Group visits are free but need to be booked in advance.

To book your appointment please contact August Spree, Director of Programs at

Interested In Becoming A Sponsor?

Would you like to be one of our exclusive sponsors for the upcoming Brushes with Cancer program? Check out our Brushes with Cancer Sponsorship Brochure or reach out to August Spree for details.


Featured Program Alumni Artists
Perry Milou
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Ali Williams
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The Team

Executive Board Members

Jenna Benn Shersher- Founder, CEO and Board President

Andrew Edelston- Board Chair

Emma Peck Block- Secretary

Erin Johnson

Joelle Goldman

Joshua Taustein- 

Stephanie Plein

Dr. Christian Squillante

Jon Goldberg

Howard Aaron

Jennifer L. Katz Margolis

Cynthia Beck

Danny Glick

Kevin Morgan

Jenny Indig

Alex Perry

Bari Fleischer




Advisory Board Members

Jacqueline Carmody

Kenny Lapins

Gudrun Wu Synder

Jeffrey Guerrero

Dr. Martin Hogan- 

Mardi Kaplan

Kimberly Kass

Anna Feneis

Ella Hawk

Kara Thomas

Bari Murphy

Shelby Zitelman

Tanya Kertsman

Joe Lombardo

Soraya Fata

Mignon Dupepe





Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder and CEO

Amelia Hanrahan, COO

August Spree, Director of Programming

Ana Gordon, Clinical Director

Jacqueline Carmody, Licensed Clinical Art Therapist

Lindsay Patton, Director of Digital Strategy

Jenna Koch, Director of Social Media