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Open Call for Art

Open Call Say It Loud
Open Call Say It Loud

Open Call for Art: 
Say It Loud:

Unsung Heroes

Submission Deadline: 11:59pm EST, May15, 2024

Exhibition on view: June 6 - July 6, 2024
Opening reception: June 6, 6pm-9pm 

Queens Rising & Culture Lab LIC are thrilled to announce an open call for artists to participate in our upcoming exhibition, Say it Loud: Unsung Heroes.


This show aims to celebrate and honor the diverse array of LGBTQ+ individuals who have made significant contributions to history, culture, society and your imagination. Who inspires you?

Throughout the ages, LGBTQ+ individuals have played pivotal roles in shaping our world, often in the face of adversity and discrimination. From activists and artists to scientists and leaders, to the mythological and fanciful heroes whose stories deserve to be told and celebrated.

We invite artists of all backgrounds and identities to submit artwork that pays tribute to these queer heroes, both past and present. Whether through painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, or other mediums, we encourage you to explore the lives, achievements, and legacies of these remarkable individuals.

Artworks submitted to this exhibition may explore a wide range of themes and topics, including but not limited to:

Portraits of influential LGBTQ+ figures... Moments of triumph, resilience, and activism... Representation and visibility in art and media... Personal reflections on identity, history, and community... Fictional scenes or themes.

This exhibition aims to foster dialogue, raise awareness, and celebrate the rich tapestry of LGBTQ+ history and culture. Through art, we hope to honor the courage, strength, and contributions of queer heroes across generations.

Queer Heroes across the ages: Familial, Mythological, Historical. What defines a hero? Who are your heroes? What's a new take on a historical hero or one you want to see celebrated. Courage, bravery, Iconic moments, historic moments (stonewall rights). New works encouraged.

Orestes Gonzalez - Resident Curator at Culture Lab LIC and Queens-based Artist 


Zach Rothman-Hicks - Queens-based Artist

Miss Patsy Indecline/Joshua Breland - Queens-based Drag Performer

Courtney Ffrench - Artistic Director, Jamaica Center for the Arts & Learning

Tess Howsam - Artistic Director, Culture Lab LIC

Tamsin Dillon - Director, Art in Public

Culture Lab LIC is a 501(c)(3) formed to bring accessible high quality art of all genres to our community, and to support local artists by providing rehearsal, performance, exhibition space, as well as a robust residency program. Culture Lab LIC is dedicated to upholding, equity, diversity and inclusion across all our platforms. Operating out of a 12,000 square foot art center, Culture Lab LIC hosts two fine art galleries, a 90 seat theatre, classroom space, and an 18,000 square foot outdoor venue, made possible by the generous donation of space from Plaxall Inc.

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