ArtBLINK Gala 2018


Artists will create works of art in the blink of an eye during the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 33rd annual ArtBLINK Gala 2018 at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, inside The Kirklin Clinic (2000 6th Ave. S.).

Birmingham’s local artists will work with a variety of media to create art in 90 minutes that can be purchased during the silent auction. Funds from the gala go toward the Cancer Center’s Fund for Excellence, which supports high-priority research efforts for specific projects, including launching young investigators in cancer research or recruiting new faculty. A percentage of the funds raised will support patient and family assistance efforts.

Often referred to as Alabama’s cancer center, the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is a national leader in research and treatment. Its “comprehensive” designation, awarded by the National Cancer Institute, is held by only 49 institutions in the country.  UAB’s cancer program was one the first eight comprehensive cancer centers in the United States and has held this designation for the past 45 years straight.

“One of our objectives is to facilitate breakthrough discoveries through drug development.  We want to bring therapies faster, in the safest way possible to our patients,” said new Cancer Center director Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D. “We not only want to expand our clinical trial enterprise but also increase participation especially from diverse populations.”

Birrer, who comes to UAB from Massachusetts General Hospital, would also like to continue the Cancer Center’s work in cancer health disparities. “We are perhaps one of the few cancer centers in the nation that engage underserved populations effectively,” he said. “To implement the vision of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, we simply couldn’t do it without community support.”

Returning local artists include Ahmad Austin, Sally Waldrup Boyd, Carol Carmichael, Gary Chapman, Amy Collins, Joan Curtis, Barbara Davis, Carol Misner, Linda Ellen Price, Michael Swann, Paul Ware, Robine Wright, Natalie Russo Zoghby, and more to come.

As one of Birmingham’s premier events, the elegant evening with this year’s English Garden theme will feature a cocktail dinner provided by IZ Catering and a silent auction with participating artists. The gala will include an Artists Gallery, where guests can view and purchase additional artwork created by the ArtBLINK artists to support the Cancer Center.
Admission is $150 per individual. For more information, visit to purchase tickets online, or call 205-934-1603. Dress is black-tie optional. Valet and deck parking are available for guests.

Presenting partners include AutoTec and Regions Financial Corp.

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