Living Proof Exhibit provides the therapeutic benefits of the arts to people impacted by cancer


  • Creative sessions

  • Exhibitions of survivor artwork

  • Art-to-go projects

  • Virtual museum tours with individuals in treatment centers

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Living Proof featured on Living Local


Executive Director Pamela Crouch discusses Living Proof Exhibit and the healing power of the arts to help people touched by cancer find hope, support and healing.

In collaboration with Living Proof Exhibit, the QCSO has commissioned local composer and Augustana Professor Jacob Bancks to create a dramatic oratorio entitled Karkinos that will provide hope and celebration for those with cancer and all who love them. Inspired by direct conversations with people impacted by cancer, this emotional multi-media work featuring chamber orchestra, vocal soloists, and choir, depicts the story of a beautiful empress who is forced into battle with the unseen monster Karkinos the night before her coronation.

May 10, 2020 @ 2:00 pm CDT

Bartlett Performing Arts Center

$30 Adults each | $10 Students each

Join us for FREE creative sessions from writing to painting to bookmaking and more.

Ron Weinberg

The Figge and Living Proof Exhibit
are offering free virtual tours.

Tours are available to patients undergoing treatment at the Cancer Care Institute located in the Genesis Medical Center West Campus. Thanks to BeamPro technology, patients use a laptop to move Genie the Figge robot through the museum galleries to view on their screen what the robot sees at the Figge. 

To find out more about Genie and virtual tours, call the Figge Art Museum at 563.326.7804.


Kay Irelan

In my art, I’m drawn to nature and growing things. As I move beyond my cancer experience, I think about how it may have influenced my life as an artist. I had just retired from my job when I was diagnosed with Stage 1, triple-positive, invasive ductal carcinoma. Therefore, I had the good fortune to be able to rest and take care of myself with as little stress as possible while I healed. This afforded me much time for reflection and daydreaming, important components in art-making. And then I got better. I now have the time and energy to make art, and the desire to share it. It’s my contribution I can offer the world.

Winter Garden

My cancer journey has opened my eyes to appreciate life and all of its majestic beauty. I enjoy using the camera as a tool to help me focus on aspects of life that can often be overlooked. I see the beauty in all of God’s creation. When I look through the lens, my creative eye captures those very special moments in time. They say, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and “A picture is worth a thousand words.” I hope my photographs reflect just that.



Koi Fish

When are you DONE with cancer?
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