The University of Central Florida’s Women’s Studies program is sponsoring an art exhibit aimed at increasing breast cancer awareness.

PINK ART will feature artwork that reflects female empowerment through media such as fashion, furniture and painted bras.

PINK ART is free and open to students, as well as local photographers, poets, artists and fashion designers. The top 500 entries will be exhibited at CityArts Factory for one month.

The opening reception for PINK ART will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave. CityArts Factory is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

“Everybody has a story,” said Maria Santana, a program director of UCF Women’s Studies. “We want to create awareness in the younger population and celebrate healthy women.”

Artists will share stories of their inspiration on hand-written cards that will accompany their work.

Visitors can purchase the original artwork, and proceeds will support the UCF Women’s Studies Program and the Young Survival Coalition’s Orlando affiliate.

PINK ART is in keeping with the Women’s Studies Program’s focus on analyzing women’s contributions to society and contemporary women’s issues. The program studies gender relations and aims to bring women’s achievements and experiences into traditional subjects and new areas of study.

“We’ve got a lot of talent in this university, and participants can use that talent to honor someone,” Santana said.

Participants can submit entries until Feb. 25. For more information, call 407-823-6502, send an e-mail to [email protected] or visit http://womensstudies.cah.ucf.edu/.