The Faris Foundation Inaugural Art Competition

Houston, TX
  • Dates: August 1, 2020 - August 20, 2020
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Online
  • Free Admission: Yes

--------CALL TO ARTISTS!-----------

This invitation is brought to the art community through the generosity of The Faris Foundation.

Faris D. Virani made his 9 years of earthy life an inimitable masterpiece. He declared at a young age, that “Art is my Life." Art had a very special role in his 3 year journey with a rare form of bone cancer, Ewing Sarcoma. Faris found hope, delight, and healing in art. When he didn’t have the words-it was art that accompanied him.

The Faris Foundation, inspired and emboldened by Faris’ own words brings brighter days and better treatments to children with cancer. A key area of work for the foundation is in the Creative Arts. The foundation believes that art should be a part of every child’s treatment plan.


We are seeking original work in all media around the theme...


This competition is to bring more awareness around Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September by engaging varied artists to reflect on HOPE. We are all in the most fragile and isolating of times- a stark reality that children with cancer and their families face daily.

Art gives expression, moves spirit, and heals in ways that are sacred and inexplicable. Will you join us as artists to reflect on this theme and in so doing, lift our spirits during these challenging days.

Artists are invited to submit original work that can contribute meaningfully to the cultural understanding and conversation around childhood cancer (which is represented by the color GOLD); work that can inspire, amplify, and activate others in this cause. Entries will be judged on their creativity, resonance with the experiences of children with cancer, and thematic relevance.

Artists should share their progress via social media towards the end of supporting childhood cancer awareness. Please use the following tags: #artishope#lettherebegold#thefarisfoundation


Your heart should be filled with hope for our children and for humanity at large.

The work must be newly-created with our theme in mind and inspiration of a sweet nine-year-old boy who saw art as the highest form of hope and beauty.

The work can be in any media selected by the artist.

Judging will take place in September. In addition to the following awards, there is an opportunity for the first place winner to lead an art activity at one of the children’s cancer centers.

Entries are accepted from artists age 18 and up.

1st-Solid Gold $500
2nd-Shining Bright $250
3rd-Be the Spark $100

Selected works may become the focus of TFF content and programming, including: advocacy, media coverage, inclusion in organizational reports, web content, and participation in ongoing public programs.

Send photos of your artwork--along with a statement explaining how your submission represents the theme "Art is Hope."

All submissions are due by August 20th.

Lauren Taylor


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