Breastplates & Other Artful Armor Against Cancer’ Makes Debut

October 03, 2006

TAMPA, Fla. – An art exhibit that connects the arts and health will make its debut showing Oct. 21, 2006 to Jan. 20, 2007 at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.

The exhibit, "Breastplates & Other Artful Armor Against Cancer,” will be on display in the atrium of Moffitt’s Stabile Research Building before traveling to other locations across the country for two years.

The art, comprised of photographs, paintings and sculpture, was created by women artists with a special interest in cancer. Most of the artists have a background in nursing, including artist and exhibit organizer Kathy Iwanowski, a former hospice nurse.

Contributing artists include Janet Aponte of Palm Harbor; Tony Blue of Seminole; Laurie Canfield of Inverness; Linda Holmes of St. Augustine; Kathy Iwanowski of Dunedin, Lori Krout of Ozona, and Jennie Petruney of Philadelphia, PA.

“The exhibit’s goal is to raise cancer awareness in diverse audiences, address the body, mind and spirit issues of experiencing cancer and its treatment, and provide funds for services such as mammograms for women who cannot afford them,” says Iwanowski.

Sponsors, in addition to Moffitt, are Bright House Networks, Best Western Westshore Hotel,, Zardart & Designs, Advisory Board for SARAHS Project, Carolyn Webber, Christine Hasinger and Oceanside Glasstiles.

Viewing times are from 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. weekdays. More information is available by contacting Kathy Iwanowski at (727) 224-5318 or by visiting


In 2001, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute earned NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center status in recognition of its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country's leading cancer centers, and is listed in the U.S. News & World Report as one of the top cancer hospitals in America. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.