We are so excited for the opening of our 8th Annual Patient Exhibition at MOCA Jacksonville, sponsored by Capital Bank. This year’s show theme A World of Their Own sparked bountiful creativity in our patient artists while showing us the child beyond their illness.
In his world, Preston Fowler, age 17, portrays sports symbols that are meaningful to him. There is an image of a jersey with the number 56 in his piece. This number belongs to Dante Fowler, a Jacksonville Jaguars football player Preston admires for many reasons such as their shared name. Preston is also a fan of the Gators and WWE.
The Dream Team logo in this piece represents his very own football team granted to him by the Dreams Come True organization. Preston aspires to write a story about his life because he says, “I want people to know what my life has been like and what I have been through”. He is incredibly strong and resilient, even after undergoing 51 surgeries since he was born. In his free time, Preston enjoys playing video games and playing with his niece and nephews.
Preston and other patient artists participating in A World of Their Own, sponsored by Capital Bank, partner with our artists-in-residence who bring out their natural talents and expand their art-making skills while promoting self-confidence and self-awareness during their hospital experience. Some patients take off on their own with little guidance and some work more one-on-one with our artists who guide them through the process of creating their unique piece. Preston scored a touchdown by offering the viewer an insight into his world.
Join us for the opening reception on Sunday, August 5th at 2pm.