Art with a Heart in Healthcare (AWAHIH) continues their partnership with MOCA for the 11th year with an exhibition titled “Behind the Mask.” Each patient artist communicated their thoughts through their artwork during a time when we all have had to learn to communicate differently. While collaborating with AWAHIH Artists-in-Residence, the patients created digital self-portraits behind a unique mask, allowing them to express themselves and process the events of the past year.

Patients used Procreate on tablets to create their self-portraits. Once completed, the AWAHIH team added dot patterns and quote bubbles to enhance their art in a style inspired by the artist Roy Lichtenstein. Quote bubbles feature what the patient is saying or thinking behind their uniquely designed, personalized masks. Each patient and AWAHIH Artist-in-Residence worked together to bring out their natural talents and expand their artistic expression while promoting self-confidence and self-awareness during their hospital experience.

The opening reception for the exhibition is open to the public and will be on Sunday, September 12, at 2:00 pm EST, with in-person and virtual opening and exhibition viewing options, and is sponsored by Florida Blue Foundation.