Lisa Fielding - "Untitled"
Job Title - News Anchor/Reporter
"I am inspired by women every day. It is an honor to be part of such an empowering and beautiful exhibit with so many other amazing women. Together we can do anything!"
Terry R Griffin - "Save the TaTas"
Job Title - Principal/Small Business Owner
"Women's breasts are taken for granted, but should be treasured and treated like precious materials. My mom died from breast cancer 40 years ago when the medical advances weren't like they are now. Awareness is key and should be encouraged on all levels."
Johanna Grange - "Better Together"
Job Title - Founder of Oak Street Social
Instagram: @jogrange and @oakstsocial
"There are two reasons that this project means so much to me. The first being that breast cancer runs deep in my family and I've had my own personal scare this past year. The second reason is that I am completely inspired by my fellow female entrepreneurs and truly believe that we are better together - we succeed when we work together. There is no shortage of greatness in this group and I feel completely honored to participate in such a special project with women whom I can call my friends."
Mariana D. Molina - "Twinkle, Twinkle"
Job Title - Attorney
"Participating in this project makes me feel like I am part of something artistic - a feeling I rarely get experience. As soon as Emily asked me to participate I said "YES!!" I didn't even look into what I was agreeing to. Anything for Emily..."
Mika Stambaugh - "Color Brings Everything to Life"
Job Title - Founder & President, TMI PR
Facebook: Mika Ann
"I am bringing life to two women I have lost to breast cancer ... my grandmother and my friend with this colorful painting."
Heidi Mitchell - "Excelsior #8"
Job Title - Freelance Journalist
"Emily is visionary and she inspires us all to see beauty everywhere, including on our own bodies"
Susan Messer McBride - "Ying Yang Tranquility"
Job Title - Ceramic Artist and Instructor
"When strong, creative women collaborate and their voice and vision emerges, I am both compelled and honored to get involved."
Jenn Hart - "Live for Tomorrow"
Job Title - VP of Sales, Hart Interiors
"I am a 5-year breast cancer survivor."
Lisa Allen - "Macarons with Megan"
Job Title - Middays On The Mix
"I love the thought of women getting together to support each other. We all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer. I lost my friend, Megan to breast cancer and this was a lovely way to remember her, to get creative in the process and to help others at the same time. It was a perfect fit and I know that together, we can make a difference in Chicago"
Sally Lou Loveman - "Gratitude x 2"
Job Title - Audience Producer & Speaker
Instagram: @lovespeaks2U @Sallylouloveman
"When my children were babies I had breast surgery 6 months after my husband was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Mine was benign, his was not. I am grateful for my healthy breasts and my husband's 22 years of being cancer free. That's why the title of my painting is Gratitude x2!"
Becka Bates - "Past/Future"
Job Title - President of BatesMeron Sweet Design
Instagram: @beckabates @batesmeron
Facebook: Becka Bates
"The day I was asked to be a part of this project, two women I love had appointments to find out if they had breast cancer. One of them was clear, but the other friend was diagnosed with a very invasive type of breast cancer. I was really uncomfortable with the idea of taking my shirt off and being painted, but if my friend can summon the courage to fight cancer, surely I can overcome a case of shyness. It was this tiny contribution, by comparison. That's the future. The past is dedicated to my husband's mother, who I never had the pleasure to meet, because breast cancer took her very young."
Alison Guglielmo - "All Breast Up"
Job Title - Personal Stylist
"It's an honor to be a member of this tribe, to celebrate women, and to be a part of something bigger. #womenwhopainttogetherslaytogether #letsfindacure #savetheboobies"
Alison Victoria - "Untitled"
Job Title - President of Alison Victoria Interiors, HGTV Star
"I love being able to celebrate what is means to be a woman...with other women. We don't support each other enough and this is my way of saying we need to unite on so many different fronts to truly be heard and understood. I'm so proud of what Emily was able to accomplish and how art in this form can make such an impact and statement all of the other ladies out there."
Andrea Levoff - "Tata for Now"
Job Title - Writer-Dope Ass Mom
"I love supporting women and breast cancer is something that has touched all of us in some way. I'm a fan of anything that brings women together and reminds us that we are all so connected ??"
Carla Jian Primero - "Untitled"
Job Title - Yoga/Fitness Instructor and Holistic Health Coach
"It's exciting that my involvement with Awake & Rising would be to create one of a kind art by the talented Sarah Raskey. Art that celebrates women and the female form was an empowering cause to be a part of. I've had loved ones affected by breast cancer, and to be able to give back in this way was a huge honor."
Ceta Walters - "Sugar and Spice"
Job Title: Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger
"I lost two of my loved ones to breast cancer. My best friend at the age of 35 and my grandmother at 83. I also had a scare at 33 before my wedding when my gynecologist found a lump. It was benign but I was freaked out since I had lost a friend just four years prior and she was 35. I learned at the age of 33 that because I had dense breast, my mammograms had to take place more often and well before the age of 40."
Danielle Robay - "Coming Out Party"
Job Title - TV Host
"This project is, of course, meaningful in that it supports Susan G. Komen and after knowing they were a partner, I immediately wanted to get involved. More markedly for me, on a personal note, this project is a symbol of my maturity-shedding 'beauty-sickness,' the notion that we as women are valued by our looks."
Emily Mackie - "Always Daring!"
Job Title - Founder- INSPIRED INTERIORS, INC.
"This project started off as a sketch in my 'Little Black Book'. It very cleverly spiraled into so many avenues, celebrations, and tributaries of varying types! I have been in pure amazement throughout this journey. Amazed by the beautiful stories of so many women. I wanted a display for this event that celebrated women in so many ways: female-owned companies (in the product/manufacturing sector), women joining together to support each other (Komen Chicago), and of course "Capturing a Moment of Life" - - - - needless to say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!"
Pamela Barrett - "The Single Spiral Breast Odyssey"
Job Title - Operations Director, Komen Chicago
Facebook: Pam Barrett
LinkedIN: Pamela Barrett
Komen Chicago FB: Susan G. Komen Chicago
"Celebrating and representing we single mastectomy girls! Here's to the oners and flats!"
Erica Eckman - "EVERYTHING Erica"
Job Title - Founder & Creator, Everything Erica
Facebook: Everything Erica
"This project means so much to me because my grandmother passed away of breast cancer and she was one of my best friends. I always look for ways to help raise awareness and funds for this cause."
Grace Napolitano - "Forever"
Job Title - Founder of The Graceful Coach
"Just the idea of this project made me want to get involved. A group of strong women coming together, how could anyone say no?"
Helen Berkun - "MISSRED"
Job Title - Fashion photographer, stylist, creative director, and digital influencer
Facebook: HELEN BERKUN
"This project is a personal one for me for so many reasons. I finished art school and majored in art history so art, in general, is a huge part of my life. However, beyond that, my family has been directly affected by rare female cancers especially when my mom was diagnosed in January 2017. My grandmother had breast cancer and my cousin is also currently fighting triple negative. It's been a battle but one we continue to fight with nothing but strength, positivity, and courage! Art and photography have been a big part of the coping process through it all."
Erin Byrne - "312boobs"
Job Title - Founder of 312food
Instagram: @312food @eringbyrne
"I love projects that bring women together in support of other women. I'm fortunate to not have a personal tie to breast cancer, but I am honored to contribute to this project in support of those who do."
Zahra Sandberg - "Turning Point"
Job Title - Writer, mama of two, & social justice advocate
Irina Ovrutsky - "Midnight Blue Dreams"
Job Title - Owner/Founder/Designer Lola + The Boys
Social: @lolaandtheboys @irina22xo
"I love that women can come together for good cause. It's beautiful to see how much good can come if we all just put a little effort, a lot of great and big things can happen!"
Jeannette Pawula - "Benevolent Fortitude"
Job Title - Residential Real Estate Broker & CEO of AvanseOrg
Instagram: @Jeannette.Pawula @AvanseOrg
"Benevolent Fortitude: Courage to do good in face of our adversity. I love this project and women who support women. Its a pleasure to be surrounded by strong voices in our community who inspire - it's all about finding your tribe! I'm flattered to be considered a powerful and positive female leader and role model in our community and love everything that this project stands for!"
Kiki Bassoul - "Last Peace of Me"
Job Title - Director of Showrooms, Middleby Residential
"These days it is hard to find someone whose life has not been affected by cancer in some shape or form. My grandmother had a double mastectomy and my mother's best friend has battled breast cancer twice. For me, these paintings represent the beauty of being a female no matter the physical circumstances. As women our strength comes from within and from each other. Being able to celebrate our strength, our power and our ability to overcome the way survivors of any cancer can is the reason why I am proud to be a part of this."
Laurie Kohl - "Journey"
Job Title - Official Do Everything'er
Facebook: Elevator Consultants
"It is vital for all women to support others in all aspects of life, community, business, and family. It is inspirational to travel their journey and contribution in any way possible."
Mary Pat Wallace - "Gemini"
Job Title - Founder of Chicago Luxury Beds, connector of extraordinary people!
#designchangeslives #sleeptoperform #chicagodesignersrock
Facebook: Chicago Luxury Beds
"One in four women are diagnosed with breast cancer. We need a cure!"
Michelle Elfvin - "After 3 Kids!"
Job Title - Photographer and Writer
"We have all lost women we love too soon to breast cancer. I'm lucky these ones have been healthy so far, many women have not been as lucky. I'm hoping the cure is found in my lifetime!"
Michelle Mekky - "A Starry Night"
Job Title - President & Founder, Mekky Media Relations
Instagram/Twitter: @MichelleMekky & @MekkyMedia
Facebook: Michelle Mekky & Mekky Media Relations
"I am extremely honored to be one of 30 women who participated in Awake & Rising, a stunning exhibit demonstrating female beauty and power in the most unusual and creative, way. Also, the message to me behind this exhibit is the importance of recognizing the strength we all have as women from all different walks of life, each beautiful in different ways, and the importance to come together and support each of our endeavors. I am also a cancer survivor and have lost many family and friends to cancer and the beauty in this exhibit is it all goes to Susan G. Komen Chicago, a cause I am extremely passionate about. What an honor to use our "assets" for a beautiful cause in a beautiful way!"
Bridget Daley - "84 Reasons"
Job Title - Creative Director at Sophisticated Living Chicago magazine. Owner/Designer of 84Rockwell.
"I don't think one person can say that they haven't been personally affected by breast cancer. I have two young daughters, so awareness, prevention, and a cure are close to my heart. Any chance that I can help or bring attention to this disease...I'm all in."