Virtual ArtBLINK

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Get ready for Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, when the Advisory Board of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB will host its 37th Annual ArtBLINK Gala! The gala will be held virtually again this year.

Here’s what’s in store for our second-ever virtual ArtBLINK Gala:

The Friday evening program will celebrate 50 years of excellence in cancer research and care.

The program will feature special messages from O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Dr. Barry Sleckman and honorees Janie and David Brown, as well as our featured survivor, physicians, researchers, board members and artists.

Bidding on auction items will remain open all week.

Attendees will have the option to choose a special ArtBLINK dinner from Iz Catering to enjoy at home, or host a watch party and introduce new friends to the O’Neal!

Guest at the Gala


Dinner pickup: 4-6 p.m.
Pre-show: 6:45 p.m.
Virtual event: 7-8 p.m.

The online auction will open on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, and will close after the show on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, at 10 p.m.

Guests dancing


Join us on YouTube for the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center’s virtual ArtBLINK Gala! To watch the video program, visit the premiere watch page at (or after) 6:45 p.m. CST on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, or visit the O’Neal Cancer Center’s YouTube channel and select the video, “Virtual ArtBLINK Gala 2022,” once the premiere has started. The pre-show starts at 6:45 p.m. CST on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, and the show begins at 7 p.m. CST.

Don’t miss out: Bookmark the link to our YouTube channel page in your web browser now for easy access later, or if you haven’t already, subscribe to our YouTube channel at Once you’re subscribed, click the bell on our channel page to receive a notification when the event premiere begins.


Guests dancing
Guests at the Gala

Although you will be able to visit the event watch page on YouTube when it is posted, you will be unable to play the video on the watch page until the pre-show starts at 6:45 p.m. CST, so we recommend bookmarking the page or turning on channel notifications prior to the event.

The gala will also feature an online auction during which those who have registered can purchase or bid on artwork at The auction will open the week of the event and will remain open through the evening of the show, but those who wish to buy or place a bid on items through the Qtego auction site must register before doing so. Participants can register via phone by texting ARTBLINK to 72727, or they can register online by visiting Tickets are not required to register for the auction.

Guests eating dinner

Dinner pickup will be held from 4-6 p.m. before ArtBLINK begins on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, at:

Independence Plaza Parking Deck
1 Independence Drive
Homewood, AL 35209

To reserve your dinner for pickup, you must be a ticket holder, Director’s Circle member or associated with a corporate sponsorship, and you must submit your entree selections via the survey link included in your ticket confirmation email. If you have a ticket but have not received a link to submit your dinner selections through the online form, please email Mary Jane Gibson at for assistance. Learn more about dinner and the menu here.

Guests eating dinner
Janie and David Brown


ArtBLINK 2022 Director’s Circle Honoree: Janie and David Brown

This year, we are proud to honor Janie and David Brown for their longstanding, significant commitment to brain cancer research. Through their family’s personal battle with brain cancer, they have led the efforts to raise over $1.5 million for brain cancer research and to help establish the William Austin Brown Endowed Professorship. Their philanthropic efforts helped the O’Neal Cancer Center continue to recruit and retain outstanding clinician scientists, like Dr. Burt Nabors, who hopes to one day find a cure for brain cancer.

Joan Curtis

Gala Invitation Artist: Joan Curtis

Mrs. Joan Curtis shares her painting talents by participating in art shows and festivals around the Southeast.

“Painting is what I do best – bright, colorful and most of all fun! May the joy that painting brings to me be shared with you in watching me paint, and may it make you smile in the days to come,” Curtis says.

Joan Curtis

Ready for the gala?

Learn more about event details and the featured artist!

Ready for the gala?

Learn more about event details and the featured artist!

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