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Bodies of Courage artist Lisa Scholder

“I feel fortunate to be the instigator of a creative celebration of one’s body and life.
Each paint session becomes a bonding experience for me, my canvas and their body, resulting in beautiful, uninhibited images that reflect the inspiration of each survivor.”
Lisa Scholder, Artist


Artist, Lisa Scholder, hand paints Cancer Survivors in a uniquely abstract and colorful presentation and reconnects them with the beauty of their bodies.

Artist, Lisa Scholder, is actually a full time licensed insurance agent specializing in Professional Liability for architects and engineers for over 20 years. Originally from Pennsylvania, she studied Marketing at IUP then lived in California and Arizona until coming to Florida in 2004.

Although the Bodies of Courage Project was not officially founded until 2010, multi-medium artist, Lisa Scholder, was already exhibiting her work publicly since 2004. Influenced by her father in law, Fritz Scholder, a world renowned American Indian Artist, she began body painting on New Year’s Eve 2000.

“Using vivid combinations of color with the body as a landscape, physical imperfections were transformed into beautiful and colorful works of Art. This project, which has given so many survivors self-empowerment, is my driving force.”
Lisa Scholder, Artist


Exhibitions of Lisa Scholder


2004    Gala Corina – Ser Libre, Tampa, FL

2005    Gala Corina – Nueva Vida, Tampa, FL Live Body Painting

Gala Corina 2005
Gala Corina – Nueva Vida


2006    Gala Corina – Esperanza, Ybor City, FL

2007    West Tampa Center for the Arts -Nueva Evolucion, Tampa, FL

2007    Gala Corina – Illuminacion, Tampa, FL

Gala Corina Illuminacion 2007
Gala Corina Illuminacion 2007

2007    Art of Cocktails – Featured Artist – Tampa Museum of Art/Avante Garde

Avante Garde Art of Cocktails
Avante Garde Art of Cocktails

2008    NOVA 535 Art Lounge Grand Opening- “What is Art?”, St Petersburg, FL

2009    Nude Nite – Tampa, FL

2010    Nude Nite – Tampa, FL

2010    Fringe Art – 1 of 4 Selected Artists
Tampa Museum of Art / The Exhibitionists Tampa, FL

Fringe Art 2010
Fringe Art 2010

2010    Artist for Bodies of Courage – Body Painting Cancer Survivors
A Faces of Courage Foundation project – ongoing.

2011    Nude Nite – Tampa, FL

2012    Bodies of Courage  Art Exhibit – Moffitt Cancer Center
Opening of International Plaza location in Tampa

2012    Bodies of Courage  Art Exhibit at Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art –
Benefit for the foundation at Emory Adventist Hospital in Smyrna, GA.


Group Shows

2005    The Beck Gallery – “Exposed” Lutz, FL
(Artwork used in Gallery Advertisement)

Beck Gallery Exposed 2005
Beck Gallery Exposed 2005

2005    The Beck Gallery – “Verve” Lutz, FL

2006    The Beck Gallery – “Square Foot Show” Lutz, FL

Square Foot A Go-Go 2006
Square Foot A Go-Go 2006

2006    Lyssa Morgan Gallery–“Square Foot Show” Tampa, FL – Live Body Painting

Square Foot Show Lyssa Morgan Gallery
Square Foot Show


2006-2007 Adrian Howard Galley St. Petersburg, FL

2007    Erotic Collection at Gallery 2061 St. Petersburg, FL

Erotic Collection 2007
Erotic Collection 2007

2008    Need to be Red – Benefit at Michael Murphy Gallery Tampa, FL

Need To Be Red
Need To Be Red

2008    GO! Show -Square One Event Tampa, FL

Go Show 2008
Go Show 2008

2008    Virgin 2.0 -Square One Event Tampa, FL

2009    Magnum Opus -Square One Event Tampa, FL

2010    Camille Leone –Square One Event Tampa, FL

2011    “Healing Hands of Love” SPONSOR- YBOR ARTS ASSOCIATION
Benefit for American Cancer Society, Tampa, FL


Dec 7, 2007 Pasco Naturally “She paints nudes and blends with digital photography”

Oct 2012 Marietta.com “Braving Breast Cancer” by Gwyn Herbein

Jan 19, 2012 Tampa Bay Times “Bodies of Courage blazes a path for cancer survivors”
by Ernest Hooper

2011 Bodies of Courage Calendar

Oct 2012 Cancer Control Magazine – Selected Artist for Vol. 19, No. 4 “Trends and Controversies in Breast Cancer”

2012    Book Cover for “Where Would You Like Your Nipple?” by Mackenzie Crowne



2010    Fringe Art – 1 of 4 Selected Artists
Tampa Museum of Art / The Exhibitionists, Tampa, FL
VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnaUWD1PBlY

2012    Bodies of Courage Art Exhibit – Moffitt Cancer Center
Opening of International Plaza location in Tampa
VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wgl0xi59164

2014    WEDU/PBS – Video Short “Colors of Courage”
Arts Plus program – air date 7/17/2014