Open Call: Moving Forward When the World Stopped: Queer Life 2020 – 2021

Open Call: Moving Forward When the World Stopped: Queer Life 2020 – 2021

This Deadline Expired: Friday, March 19, 2021

Exhibition Information:
The William Way Arts Committee invites artists to submit work that focuses on individual and shared experiences from the past year. Submissions that depict every aspect of the events of 2020-2021, including the pain and loss through the pandemic, the continued fight for racial justice, and growing concern over politics and policy, as well as imagery that shows the rebuilding of hope, community, and strength are welcomed. The aim of this exhibition is to present a timeline of our communities’ experiences throughout the unforgettable year of 2020 and the beginning of 2021.

Artwork requirements:
All media accepted – 2D and 3D artwork, as well as video work.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all art exhibitions at William Way will be online only until further notice.

The Art Gallery at the William Way LGBT Community Center exclusively exhibits work by artists who self-identify as LGBTQ. Your work need not be explicitly LGBTQ-focused. We are interested in artistic perspectives on the breadth of human experience by LGBTQ people.

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Andrea Caldarise is a painter and collaborator inspired by exploring memories and happenstance conversations. Public spaces are visceral, storied environments—her art practice explores the psychological connection between landscapes and people. Each painting invokes a singular place, inspired by referencing the emotions, sights, and textures of an experience. Caldarise’s art focuses on connecting audiences with cityscapes and common, shared spaces within by capturing the experience of discovery, recreating a place through memories and imagination. Her work borders on magical realism, borrowing from observations, historical research, and surreal themes, Caldarise's artwork reveals the commonplace and extraordinary narratives in our environment.
Andrea Caldarise
Andrea Caldarise

Andrea Caldarise is a painter and collaborator inspired by exploring memories and happenstance conversations. Public spaces…

Andrea Caldarise is a painter and collaborator inspired by exploring memories and happenstance conversations. Public spaces are visceral, storied environments—her art practice explores the psychological…

Andrea Caldarise is a painter and collaborator inspired by exploring memories and happenstance conversations. Public spaces are visceral, storied environments—her art practice explores the psychological connection between…

Colorful, minimalist  still-life paintings created with a palette knife, which leaves a distinctive texture.  Incisions and scrapings, along with pencil and oil pastel marks, trace the creation of the work over time. Light and shadow are key elements in these abstracted scenes of everyday life.  Working over multiple sessions result in traces of previous versions and iterations which allow the viewer to engage in the work on multiple levels.
Melissa Husted-Sherman
Melissa Husted-Sherman

Colorful, minimalist still-life paintings created with a palette knife, which leaves a distinctive texture. Incisions and…

Colorful, minimalist still-life paintings created with a palette knife, which leaves a distinctive texture. Incisions and scrapings, along with pencil and oil pastel marks, trace the creation of the…

Colorful, minimalist still-life paintings created with a palette knife, which leaves a distinctive texture. Incisions and scrapings, along with pencil and oil pastel marks, trace the creation of the work over time. Light…

Raised in South Texas, Jay Walker received a BFA in Studio Art from Texas A&M in 2004, then went on to receive an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA in 2006. Since then, he has created work at academic institutions, art centers, museums, and galleries in the U.S. and internationally.
Jay Walker
Jay Walker

Raised in South Texas, Jay Walker received a BFA in Studio Art from Texas A&M in 2004, then went on to receive an MFA…

Raised in South Texas, Jay Walker received a BFA in Studio Art from Texas A&M in 2004, then went on to receive an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA in 2006. Since then,…

Raised in South Texas, Jay Walker received a BFA in Studio Art from Texas A&M in 2004, then went on to receive an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA in 2006. Since then, he has created…

Cathleen Cohen is a Philadelphia artist and poet who creates works on paper using watercolor or aqueous media. Her topics range from abstract expressionism to figurative paintings to portraits.
Cathleen Cohen
Cathleen Cohen

Cathleen Cohen is a Philadelphia artist and poet who creates works on paper using watercolor or aqueous media. Her topics…

Cathleen Cohen is a Philadelphia artist and poet who creates works on paper using watercolor or aqueous media. Her topics range from abstract expressionism to figurative paintings to portraits.…

Cathleen Cohen is a Philadelphia artist and poet who creates works on paper using watercolor or aqueous media. Her topics range from abstract expressionism to figurative paintings to portraits.…

Barbara majored in art and art education at New York University, earning a BA and MA in Art Education and was a highly praised art teacher in both New York and Philadelphia. In mid-career she earned a degree in interior design/space planning (U of Arts) after which she completed major projects for many corporate clients. She's returned to her artistic roots and now shows at many galleries and centers garnering awards.
Barbara Dirnbach
Barbara Dirnbach

Barbara majored in art and art education at New York University, earning a BA and MA in Art Education and was a highly praised…

Barbara majored in art and art education at New York University, earning a BA and MA in Art Education and was a highly praised art teacher in both New York and Philadelphia. In mid-career she earned a…

Barbara majored in art and art education at New York University, earning a BA and MA in Art Education and was a highly praised art teacher in both New York and Philadelphia. In mid-career she earned a degree in interior design/space…

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