Welcome to the Art of Surviving

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
— Pablo Picasso

May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month and we are featuring the art of survivors and patients diagnosed as children. Many brain tumor/brain cancer survivors find art as a way to cope with the challenges that come with treatment, a means to calm and focus a healing brain or an opportunity to express their experiences. 


And the Winners Are...


Grand Prize

Samantha Onofrey, Watercolor 1

Lysette Palacio, Piece Three


1D & 2D Art

Children - Samantha Onofrey, Watercolor 1

Youth - Lysette Palacio, Piece Three

Adult - Sierra Barnes, Living With Beautiful Imperfections


3D & Multimedia

Children - Leo Lockyer, In Space I Saw...

Youth - William Mumford, I Wish I Could Fly

Adult - No Submission



Children - No Submission

Youth - Isaac Feil, Prince

Adult - Jacob Reid, John Brown's Fort


People's Choice

Children - Avery Reyes, Brave Little Butterfly

Youth - Macy Dunlap, When Flowers Bloom, So Does Hope

Adult - Jacob Reid, Ocean City, MD Sunrise


View the Galleries


In its first year, this exhibition was patients and survivors of brain tumors who were diagnosed under the age of 21. Digital submissions were accepted through this website beginning on April 1 at 9am ET through May 15th, 2018 at 9pm ET. All entries will be judged by professional artists. Winners will be announced on May 31, 2018. 

About RAWF

Our mission is to provide quality-of-life support for childhood brain tumor survivors and their families. From the purchase of a lifesaving medical device to developing and producing tools to help with care management; we help  survivors thrive through creating connections to innovation and information that can improve life after survival. Find out more about us »

Meet the Jurors


Sandra Bloodworth
Sandra is an internationally recognized expert in public art and urban design. She is currently the director of MTA Arts & Design in New York. She joined MTA Arts & Design in 1988, after a successful career in the not-for-profit arena, and has served as the director since 1996. Sandra is also an artist. Visit her website »


Adam Cave
Owner of Adam Cave Fine Art Gallery in Raleigh, NC. Adam has served as art chair for the Alliance of Aids Services - Carolinas “Works of Heart” auction and has been a juror for the Greenville Museum of Art, the US Figure Skating Championships poster competition, Artspace and Artsplosure in Raleigh. Visit his website »


Pete Albert
A professional photographer in Maryland with years of experience shooting assignments for large corporations and non-profit organizations from headshots, products and architectural. Pete has a degree in Applied Art & Design with a concentration in Photography. Visit his website »

How to support this initiative

Through connections with survivors, a common theme of creative exploration was discovered and an opportunity to showcase this form of expression was created to celebrate the art of those who have worked through unthinkable challenges.

RAWF is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides quality-of-life support to childhood brain tumor survivors. Your donations help us create opportunities like this for childhood brain tumor survivors.