This year’s Art of Life exhibit featuring works of art created by more than 75 cancer survivors will be unveiled from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 in the Satellite Student Union at Fresno State.

The Smittcamp Family Honors College at Fresno State partnered with The Art of Life Cancer Foundation for the unveiling, which includes a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. hosted by Fresno’s Miles Gaston Villanueva, who plays Richie Miranda in ABC Family’s “Chasing Life.”

A dance tribute will be performed in honor of survivors by speed painter Rick Alanzo. An art station will be set up for kids and Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. Artwork includes fused glass tiles and a collaborative 3-D art piece created with artwork submitted by the community.

The 75 works of art were completed by area cancer survivors as first time participants to the Art of Life Program.

The Art of Life Cancer Foundation began in 2008 as a special program at Dr. Christopher Perkins’ California Oncology center in central California. Specializing in women’s cancer treatment, California Oncology launched a healing arts program to advance the mind, body and spirit of survivors.

This unique program was designed to celebrate life and raise awareness by linking women survivors with local artists from the Central Valley to co-create original works of art about life, hope and survivorship. Each group meets several times in an artist’s home or studio to share their story, which gets showcased at the event.

Sunday’s free, public event is co-sponsored by Fresno State’s departments of political science and physical therapy, the College of Arts and Humanities and California Oncology of Central California.

After the event, the artwork will be displayed at California Oncology of the Central Valley, Saint Agnes Cancer Center and Radin Breast Center.

For more information and to see all artists and sponsors participating in the event, visit

(Copy by Ashlie Day, University Communications news assistant.)