Competitions & Contests

Queering Democracy: Art, Identity, and Politics in 2024

Entry Dates 2024-06-15T17:00:00+00:00 - 2023-12-13T11:00:00+00:00 109 Days Left


Queering Democracy: Art, Identity, and Politics in 2024
ImageOut Art and Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) invite artists to submit their work for the forthcoming juried exhibition: "Queering Democracy: Art, Identity, and Politics in 2024."
Queer art has achieved greater prominence in recent years, yet the LGBTQIA+ community's struggle for freedom and equality persists. There are currently over 540 state-legislated bills threatening the rights and needs of non-binary individuals, including targeted measures against transgender people. From restricting Drag performances to censoring school curriculum and banning books, the echoes of past discrimination are hauntingly reminiscent. The urgency of this artistic call is undeniable. We hope this exhibition will serve as a reflection of our current moment, and as a poignant response to the alarming rise of anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation sweeping the nation. This exhibition will be juried by a diverse panel of arts professionals who identify as LGBTQIA+.
We welcome 2D, 3D, and electronic media that:- Showcases experiences, emotions, and thoughts on the evolving struggle for LGBTQIA+ rights and representation- Channels queer history, beauty, politics, fierceness, and fabulousness- Are documentary in nature, recording and reflecting on our history and current moment
*We are especially interested in small series of works exploring these themes
- Artists of all backgrounds, identities, and those exploring all narratives of genderqueerness.- Artists nationally across the United States.
Accepted artists will receive a stipend to help offset the cost of production or transport of their work.
Artist Submissions Due: Friday, June 15, 2024 by 5pmNotification of Acceptance: On or after July 6, 2024Accepted Artwork Drop Off: September 8, 2024, 12-5pmShipped Artworks Should Arrive By: September 1, 2024Exhibition Opens: First Friday, October 4, 6-9pmExhibition Dates: October 4 - November 16, 2024
Delivery of WorksAll accepted works must be delivered to RoCo on the designated drop off date: September 8, 2024, 12-5pmShipped artworks should arrive by September 1, 2024DisplayWorks must be displayed throughout the entire length of the exhibition. All 2D artworks must be wired to hang. All 3D artworks must be stable and able to sit on pedestals provided by the gallery. Please include any special hanging/install suggestions with your submission.CommissionsArtists may, but are not required to, offer works for sale. Any sales that occur during the show will be run through RoCo. A small 25% commission will go to the venue, with 75% going to the artist. Sales checks will be mailed to the artist within a week of the close of the exhibition.Artwork Pick-upAll exhibited artworks must be picked up from RoCo at the end of the exhibition on one of the following dates: November 17 or 18, 2024, 12-5pm. RoCo is not responsible for the return of any artwork(s) if unclaimed, unless prior arrangements have been made.By submitting works into this exhibition, you agree to the above terms and conditions.
Read more about the project and partners here.
If you have any other questions, please contact us: or 585-461-2222
Rochester Contemporary Art Center137 East AvenueRochester, NY 14604

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