LGBTQ Center of Durham

114 Hunt Street - Durham NC 27701
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Open Mon-Fri 2p-8p and Sat/Sun 12noon-6p

Queer Lens

Queer Lens: Queer Identity in Art
September 27th through October 31st, 2019

A collaboration between the LGBTQ Center of Durham and Pleiades Arts, Queer Lens is a juried visual art exhibit featuring work by LGBTQ+ identified artists of North Carolina. Queer Lens will highlight the diverse perspectives, identities, and creations of the LGBTQ+ community,
centering the voices of black and brown artists in particular. The show will debut during Pride weekend at The Fruit in Durham, and later be displayed at the LGBTQ Center of Durham through the month of October.

Artists of any skill-set and background – community members, students, beginners, experts – are encouraged to submit up to two (2) works of any medium, such as sculpture, painting, installation, audio-visual, photography, or performance. Work must be original. The primary criteria is that the artist be Queer-identified, and that their work relate to the theme of the exhibition.

A grant in support of this exhibit was awarded to Pleiades Arts & the LGBTQ Center of Durham, by the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

Online Art Submission Form

(Please select the Queer Lens show.)
[Note: If you have 2 pieces to submit, please submit each one individually]


  • Helena Cragg, Founder, LGBTQ Center for Durham
  • J. Clapp, Interim Executive Director of the LGBTQ Center of Durham
  • Kade O’Connor, Graphic Designer

Important Dates:

Entry deadline: *   September 10, 2019
                      * Note:  This is NOT a postmark deadline. Entries must be received by this date.
Exhibit Dates:   September 27 - 29, 2019 at The Fruit, 305 S. Dilliard St, Durham NC 27701 and continued
  October 7 - 31, 2019 at the LGBTQ Center of Durham, 114 Hunt St, Durham NC 27701 
Artwork Drop-off:   September 22nd to 24th at The Fruit, located at 305 S. Dillard St, Durham NC 27701.
Opening Reception:   Artists’ Reception the weekend of Pride: Durham NC.
Third Friday Reception:   Friday October 17, 2019 from 6pm to 9pm at the LGBTQ Center of Durham, 114 Hunt St, Durham NC 27701 


Queer Lens is open to all artists who identify as LGBTQ+ in North Carolina.   It is free to submit.

A maximum of 2 works of any medium per artist may be submitted. For two- and three-dimensional works of art, the maximum width is 50 inches. Performance and digital artwork (video) submissions welcomed. Due to logistics and space limitations, performance and projected digital work can only be exhibited during the first weekend, September 27-29th.  All artwork must be original and created in the past two years. 

Artwork must be ready to hang.  2D work cannot weigh more than 75 lbs. All two-dimensional work should be dry, wired, and ready to hang.  Please email [email protected] and/or [email protected] if you have questions.

Entry Fee: No entry fee

Notification: Entries will be selected by the jury committee. Notification of accepted entries will be e-mailed by the end of the day on an August date TBA.

Delivering and Picking Up Selected Artwork: Hand delivered work will be accepted September ???th through September ????th during between the hours of 2pm to 8pm on weekdays (the 22nd through 26th) and between 12 noon and 6pm on weekends (Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st). Shipments of artwork will be accepted only during our business hours. All artwork must be signed-in and signed-out by the artist or their representative. Accepted work should remain through the entire exhibit, and picked up when the show is de-installed.

If Shipping Artwork: Include return postage or shipping fees and sturdy, reusable packing materials clearly labeled with your name and telephone number.

Sales: Work does not have to be for sale. Sales made during the show will include a 30% commission/donation to Pleiades Arts and the LGBTQ Center of Durham.

Liability: All entries will be handled with the best care possible, however Pleiades Arts and the LGBTQ Center of Durham are not responsible for loss or damage of any cause. By entering into this show, the artist agrees to abide by exhibition guidelines.


Entries: Each artist may submit two entries due on or before Monday, September 10th.  We strongly prefer online submissions.

Online Art Submission Form

(Please select the Queer Lens show.)
[Note: If you have 2 pieces to submit, please submit each one individually]

Preparing Manual Digital Entries: Artists may submit 2 digital entries on a standard sized CD or by email to [email protected] Completed application materials must accompany each entry. Artists working in 2D should submit one image in JPEG format per entry. 3D artists may submit two JPEGS (one full shot and one detail) for each entry. Please title JPEGs with the artist’s last name followed by 01,02, 02b, etc. All CDs should be labeled with the artist’s name and the file names with corresponding titles, mediums, and dimensions.

Please send JPEGs of work and application information to [email protected] with subject line: Attn: Queer Lens submission and the following information provided:


If you do not use the online submission form, which is preferred, please cut and paste the information below into your submission email, or save it as a file on your CD. A statement about the work must accompany each submission (see below).

Tell us a little bit about who you are (for example: how you identify, how you relate to the show, coming out, etc):

Submission #1
Name of .jpg, .png, or .gif file:
Title of Work:
Dimensions (width x height, in inches):
Statement (describe the work and how it relates to “Questioning Ourselves”):

Submission #2
Name of .jpg, .png, or .gif file:
Title of Work:
Dimensions (width x height, in inches):

If you are sending in any materials by mail, please mail to:

LGBTQ Center of Durham
Attn: Queer Lens Art Submission
114 Hunt Street
Durham, NC 27701-2412


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