Friday, May 11, 2012

How the Pre-existing Condition Show Was Born

"Not My Type" by Zoey Stevens

Artist Zoey Stevens was diagnosed with Diabetes in 1999 at the age of 28. In 2002, due to being told he was Type 2, (therefore was not being properly treated), he went into diabetic keto-acidosis, or DKA. After spending 5 days in the hospital, getting the new diagnosis of Type 1 and learning how to give himself shots, he came home a different person.

In 2004 his wife Jennifer approached the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with Zoey's press kit and a video of his live performances. She had a feeling that Zoey could use his gift somehow to help them to raise money. By 2010, Zoey had raised over $500,000 by donating portraits, murals and other paintings as well as performing live at JDRF Galas all over Southern California.

In 2008 Zoey was participating in a group art show in Las Vegas when he had an idea. He started to ask other Artists if they had been affected by Diabetes in any way, whether it be through a family member or friend. Not so much to his surprise, most said yes, they did indeed know someone with the disease. That's where the idea for the Pre-existing Condition Show began...

In March of 2009, the Pre-existing Condition Show opened at the Light Gallery in Costa Mesa, CA. El Presidente Tequila came out to provide the beverages, and there was a large crowd. Street Artist and OBEY Clothing founder Shepard Fairey donated 3 signed and numbered prints on paper straight from the OBEY vault, bringing in quite a few Art enthusiasts. Shepard is a Type 1 Diabetic, and donated these pieces at Zoey's request.

Many other well-known Artists such as Greg Simkins and Anthony Ausgang also put pieces in the show and of course Zoey Stevens painted several pieces for it as well. Overall the show is host to a wide range of styles and is a definite "must see".

Thursday, May 3, 2012

And the show will go on... and on!! 
We are headed to Salt Lake City, UT in October! Time, location and exact date TBD. You can now follow us on Facebook! 

Friday, October 7, 2011

The show must go on! Allen Diabetes Center, Newport Beach, CA. Nov 3rd.

November 3rd. 2011, from 6pm to 9pm at the Allen Diabetes Center at HOAG Medical Center in Newport Beach, California.
520 Superior Ave
Ste 150
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 764-8065

The Event will also screen a preview of the film "Patient 13" a documentary on the research of Scott King and his team.

Monday, August 17, 2009

M Modern Gallery, August 15th. Palm Springs, California


M Modern Gallery and Type One Clothing, and present a group art exhibition on August 15, 2009 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. to raise both awareness about diabetes, and raise money to fund diabetes research.

M Modern Gallery ( of Palm Springs, California will present the group art show, “Pre-existing Condition” on August 15, 2009 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The show was organized by Zoey Stevens and Dereck Cruz of Type One Clothing ( as a way to both raise awareness about diabetes, and raise money to fund research for a cure for type 1 diabetes. Proceeds from the show will be gifted to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ( All of the artists participating in the group exhibition share a connection to diabetes, either by having the disease themselves or having a friend or relative with diabetes. Most artworks featured in the show have been created specific to the event and express the artist’s perspective of the disease. Participating artists include, Vincent Burkhead, Shepard Fairey, Thomas J. Novy, David Stoupakis, Christina Christos, Anna Impullitti, Anthony Ausgang, Andreina Davila, Alone One, C. De La Luz Medrano, Mark George, Marcos Miguel Sanchez, the Molten Brothers, Ahnna Jade, Marcus Parrish, KRK Ryden, Big Toe, Frank Ippolito, Paul Torres, Tara Parrish, Rony Alwin, Julie Bossinger, Heather Ritts, Dereck Cruz, Gregory P. Rodriguez, Robert Holton, Joshua Ellingson, Ryan Boyle, Sean Brannan and Zoey Stevens. The show plans to travel nationally and thus far has raised $ 5,600. All original art works will be available for purchase as well as limited edition prints. Type One Clothing and Identity Board Shops will also offer limited apparel with proceeds to benefit the JDRF.

M Modern Gallery

Founded in 2003, M Modern Gallery is dedicated to serving its artists, patrons and collectors. M Modern gallery specializes in mid-century modern art, design and objects. The Gallery is located at 2500 North Palm Canyon Drive. Palm Springs, California. 92262.

Friday, June 26, 2009

PRAVUS Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona July 3rd,

Hey Kids! Pravus Gallery in Phoenix Arizona, will host the show from July 3rd until July 25th. Make sure to stop by and see it!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

May 6, 2009 5:30 pm to 8 pm at the Whittier

Through May 22, 2009, Type One Clothing and Scripps Whittier
Diabetes Institute are hosting a group art exhibition,
PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. The collection may be seen Monday
through Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Please join Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute for an Artists'
Reception. Meet some of the exhibit's artists, enjoy a special
live performance by artist, Zoey Stevens and the music of
Leucadia Cool Club.
May 6, 2009
5:30 – 8 p.m.
Program begins at 6:15 p.m.
Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute
9894 Genesee Avenue • La Jolla
To RSVP or for more information, please call 858-626-4779
or email

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The show must go ON!

The show is currently on display at the Whittier Institute for Diabetes, in San Diego California. The Whittier is located at 9894 Genesee Avenue. La Jolla, CA 92037. It is on the Scripps Hospital Campus. Normal viewing hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Whittier will host an opening reception on May 6th. For more information you can contact Linda Riley at
We are also trying to raise funds to keep the show traveling. Shipping and insurance costs need to be covered in order for the show to continue to move across the country. If you are able to make a donation or know of anyone who can help support this show, please visit this link to give.