Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Museum Exhibit Recognizes Breast Cancer Survivors, Victims With Shoes

KINGSVILLE - October 10, 2008

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

The current exhibit in the west gallery of the John E. Conner Museum at Texas A&M University-Kingsville celebrates Breast Cancer Month with maybe the one thing that individualizes women the most…shoes. In Her Shoes is a tribute to both survivors of breast cancer and those who have lost their battle with the disease. It will continue to be on display at the Conner Museum through Friday, Oct. 31.

In Her Shoes is an exhibit created by the art students at Driscoll Middle School in the Corpus Christi Independent School District. Over 100 pairs of women’s shoes donated by the staff and students are painted pink and arranged in the shape of the rink ribbon that has come to symbolize the fight against breast cancer and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A smaller number of men’s shoes, painted in a darker shade of pink illustrate the lesser number of men who acquire breast cancer.

The donated shoes came in various sizes, types and quality.

“We have shoes ranging from a men’s size 14 to women’s size four. We have shoe styles ranging from flip-flops to cowgirl boots to stiletto heels,” said Anna Canales, art teacher at Driscoll Middle School. “Quality ranges from the finest leather to cheap plastic. Some shoes are old and some are new. They represent the different types of people who battle breast cancer every day.”

Canales said many of the students have been affected personally by breast cancer including one student whose grandmother is currently battling the disease.

“The word cancer will have meaning and understanding and help them deal with it or other tragedies that may come their way,” said Stella O. Torres, Driscoll Middle School principal.

The sculpture is approximately 24 feet long and 12 feet wide. It was created by sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. It is accompanied by a digital photo multi-media presentation the chronicles the process of creating the exhibit from beginning to end.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women worldwide. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 182,460 women in the United States will be found to have invasive breast cancer this year. The chance of a woman having the disease during her life in about one in eight; however, thanks to early detection and improved treatments, a woman’s chance of dying from breast cancer is about one in 35.

The Conner Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call 361-593-2810.

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