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2024 Queer Conscience Exhibition at The Image Flow

Entry Dates 2024-04-05T11:59:00+00:00 - 2024-02-05T00:00:00+00:00 38 Days Left


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CALL FOR ENTRY: 2nd Annual Queer Conscience Group Photography Exhibition

DEADLINE: APRIL 5, 2024 at 11:59PM

Exhibition Dates: June 8 – August 30, 2024Juried by: Steffan Schlarb (Director of Schlomer Haus Gallery), Nathan Lomas, and The Image Flow Staff

The Image Flow invites photographic artists closely tied to the LGBTQIA2+ community to submit work to our 2nd Annual juried photography exhibition Queer Conscience 2024.It is a precarious time to be a queer person today, as many forces conspire to limit the ways in which we live and express our very identities. Despite the seemingly relentless waves of legislation targeting queer and especially transgender individuals in the U.S. and beyond, the world seems to be growing ever more queer. New studies show that nearly 30% of Gen Z adults identify as LGBTQIA2+.  Queer Conscience seeks to push back against these forces and affirm our own truths through the photographic medium. In this juried exhibition set to coincide with Pride month, we ask queer artists to share their truest journeys with us, and join us in celebrating our community with a clear conscience.


This call is open to all photographers who consider themselves members of the LGBTQIA2+ community; we absolutely cherish and love our straight friends and allies, but for this exhibit we hope to amplify queer voices.This national call for entry is open to all photographic artists living or working in the United States and its territories. All entries must be original works of art and entirely the work of the entrant. Accepted entries will be exhibited at The Image Flow in San Anselmo, CA and in our online gallery.All accepted artwork must be framed to professional standards. In-house printing & framing will be made available to a limited number of participants. For details, see our Terms & Conditions.Registration & Fees

$35 non-refundable registration fee. Artists may submit up to 5 images for review.Image File Requirements

2500 px on the longest edge, 72ppi, JPG saved at 80% quality in sRGB colorspace.File size must be limited to 5MB.For more information about submission policies, liability, and criteria please visit our Terms & Conditions. Call for Art Calendar

• Submissions Open | February 5, 2024• Submissions Close | April 5, 2024, at 11:59 PM• Selections Announced | April 19, 2024• Last Day to Receive Artwork | May 24, 2024• Exhibition Dates | June 8 - August 30, 2024• Opening Reception | Saturday, June 8, 2024 - 5:30–7:30PM• Deinstall & Artist Pickup | Week of September 1, 2024

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to seeing your work!


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Steffan Schlarb is a former Creative Director, now dedicated to fostering a thriving LGBTQ+ arts scene as Director and Co-Founder of Schlomer Haus Gallery. From his early days in San Francisco in the 90s, Schlarb has been committed to the vibrant culture of the city and its diverse arts scene.

Navigating a career in the creative industries, he earned a reputation for designing logos, identities and experiences for brands large and small. Just before the gallery's inception, Schlarb hit a big milestone in his career, a signal to move on.

In 2021, Schlomer Haus Gallery was born, connecting Schlarb's passion for working with patrons and artists with his driving desire to give back to San Francisco by providing a platform for emerging and underrepresented artists. Steffan serves on the EDI Committee for ArtSpan, a San Francisco nonprofit that produces the oldest and largest open studios even in the United States. He is also an organizing board member of the Castro ArtWalk.

Nathan Lomas is a photographer, artist, and educator living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a Production Manager, Instructor, and Gallery Coordinator for The Image Flow Photography Center. He has taught courses at Academy of Art University San Francisco in the Photography, Graphic Design, and Advertising departments, and is the owner of Heritage Tintype, a portrait studio specializing in wet plate collodion photography.

Nathan developed the concept for Queer Conscience out of a desire to create more opportunities for queer photographers and artists to share their work. He is currently pursuing the creation of an LGBTQ+ artist residency program that hopes to provide mental health resources to its residents in addition to supporting their creative work and fostering connections to the broader art world. 

The Image Flow aims to celebrate photography in all its forms and to provide a platform for photographers of all levels to create work, exchange ideas, and to innovate the medium of photography. Our staff and instructors are deeply engaged with photographic practice in their daily lives and bring that same dedication to our space each day. We remain committed to making photography accessible to the community by providing public exhibitions, free lectures, workshops, and imaging services. 

Today, our workshops and services continue to be in support of The Image Flow founder Stuart Schwartz's mantra - "It's not a photograph until it's a print" - driving toward photography in print form. We possess the tools and expertise needed to help bring your vision to life.


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