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MICA Goes Pink to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Website Turned Pink to Draw Attention to Cause

Posted 10.21.13 by MICA Communications

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, MICA celebrates a sampling of work from the community.

US Postal Service Breast Cancer Research Stamp
Whitney Sherman, a MICA alumna and director of the MFA in Illustration Practice program, was approached in 1998 by the US Postal Service to illustrate a Breast Cancer Research stamp. The stamp, which was designed by alumna Ethel Kessler '71, was to be the first charity stamp issued in US history and would collect money on each stamp sale for Breast Cancer research.

Kessler's phrase, "Fund the Fight. Find the Cure," circles around the Sherman's illustration of Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt. After wrestling with many different sketches, Sherman chose a goddess because she felt mythology represented a concept larger than any one nationality, race or age. By October 2012, it had raised over $76.3 million for research funding. Sherman and Kessler's stamp has allowed the Breast Cancer Research Program to award 48 research grants totaling nearly $21 million. The Breast Cancer Research stamp is the longest running postal issue in the US with 70 percent of the net amount raised given to the National Institutes of Health and 30 percent given to the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs of the Department of Defense.

Andrea Cooper: Art as Therapy
Andrea (Andy) Cooper '79, a breast cancer survivor herself, shares her expertise as an artist with patients of outpatient chemotherapy units at Mercy Medical Center's Institute for Cancer Care and St. Joseph Medical Center's Cancer Institute in Baltimore.

Wishing she had something to distract her when she was battling chemotherapy over 13 years ago, Cooper makes rounds each week with a cart full of art supplies and provides patients the opportunity to work with a variety of different crafts that are designed to be completed while they are undergoing treatment sessions.

MICA Designers Dress Breast Cancer Survivors
On October 10, 2008, the American Visionary Art Museum hosted Steps to the Cure, a benefit fashion show featuring original designs by MICA faculty, students, and alumni modeled by breast cancer survivors. Hosted by The Larry and Lori Lickstein Foundation, Steps to the Cure benefited the Maryland affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Fuchsia Foundation, Kids Konnected, and The Red Devils.

Whitney Sherman, a MICA alumna and director of the MFA in Illustration Practice program, designed a dress that was inspired by the goddess illustrated on her US Postal Service Breast Cancer Research stamp. Alumni Karen Boyer '09, Calvy Click '09, Katie Coble '10, Hayley Griffin '09, Gabrielle Jolly '10, Christina Kaputsos '10, Melody Lin '09, Erin McAleavy '10, Candace Steiger '09, Ashley Charit '08, Jillian Coratti '08 and Avelina Dougan '08 also designed outfits that were modeled by survivors on the catwalk.

Breast Cancer Survivor Portraits
The National Art Education Association organized MICA volunteers to draw portraits of breast cancer survivors at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in October 2010. The students were a hit, drawing almost 150 portraits and caricatures of survivors.