Growing Up Queer in the South
In hopes to bring diversity and safe conversation to a predominantly heterosexual, white, cisgender university, Parks McAllister proposed the idea of Growing up Queer in the South to the director of the gallery he was interning at in the spring of 2019. The show was welcomed by the chair of the department, later taken and given to a different individual to curate. McAllister had a difficult time with the idea of someone else curating a show that was so deeply emotional for him. A year into the planning (with little to no coordination with McAllister), the show was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Art has acted as a source of healing for McAllister through his experiences growing up Queer in a small, southern, conservative town in North Carolina. Feeling judged, unwelcomed, and confused, he turned to art to explore his feelings and identity.
Growing Up Queer in the South is about the experiences of queer folk that have grown up in the American South. This juried group exhibition will take place in the West Wing Gallery of the Greenville Museum of Art June 3rd through September 24th, 2022.
50% of all donations will be donated to The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ youth. The other 50% will go directly towards funding for this project. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Application open to queer individuals 18 years or older, who have spent at least a portion of their lives living in/growing up in the American South. If accepted, artist is responsible for shipping their own artwork(s).
Send the below application (one per work), a brief artist bio/statement (including age and location), along with up to three photos of the proposed works, to (subject line “Queer Show – [LAST NAME]”) by Friday, December 10, 2021. Contact the Museum at 252.758.1946 with questions. No in-person visits with artworks please.
Artists will be notified of their acceptance into the exhibition via email by January 31, 2022.
Selected artworks must be delivered or shipped to the Museum by May 6, 2022. Any artworks that are shipped must come with a pre-paid return label. All work must be completely dry, framed, wired, or otherwise ready to exhibit. After the exhibition, artworks must be picked up by October 15, 2022.
SUBMISSIONS CLOSE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10TH, 2021.
Below are links and brief descriptions of organizations and other resources for queer folk.
Time Out Youth (Charlotte, NC) - Time Out Youth Center offers support, advocacy, and opportunities for personal development and social interaction to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 11-20.
GLAAD - As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change.
Blue Ridge Pride (Asheville, NC) - To promote equality, safety, and quality of life for western North Carolina’s LGBTQ and allied communities, working as a united community through advocacy, celebration, education and service.
The Trevor Project - The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
The Trevor Lifeline - 1-866-488-7386
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