Senior Cyclist Representative Aurelia Taleb-Ahmed loves when someone signs up for AIDS/LifeCycle who’s never ridden a bike or done fundraising. “People have it in them,” they said. “We are just the cheerleaders and archeologists who help them unearth their awesomeness!”
Tamika Butler “couldn’t say yes fast enough” when asked to join the Center’s Board of Trustees. “I want to be a part of continuing to center race, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our work,” she says.
THE ROBERT GIARD GRANT FOR EMERGING LGBTQ+ PHOTOGRAPHERS:
Courtney Webster & Meg Turner Honored as Winners; riel Sturchio & Bianca Sturchio as Runners-Up; Eight Finalists Recognized
Left: "Patricide," (2016) by Courtney Webster & Meg Turner. Right: "Suntan Lotion," (2018) by riel Sturchio & Bianca Sturchio.
Queer|Art, in partnership with The Robert Giard Foundation, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Robert Giard Grant for Emerging LGBTQ+ Photographers: collaborative duo Courtney Webster & Meg Turner, and runners-up: riel Sturchio & Bianca Sturchio. This year, the winner and the runner-up are each a collaborative duo, with projects focused on community building and engagement.
Courtney Webster and Meg Turner will receive a $10,000 cash grant to support the development of their project, Patricide, which interrogates dominant culture and its reproduction of tropes that reinforce the image of the ideal or heroic body as almost exclusively a white male body. Often centering Webster, a queer person of color, as a heroic and swoon-worthy protagonist, the artists render visible an alternative lexicon wherein the erased and invisible become seen, empowered, and celebrated.
Runners-up Bianca Sturchio and riel Sturchio will receive a $5,000 cash grant to support their collaborative photo-documentary project, Chasing Light, which platforms self-expression and provides visibility to individuals at the intersection of LGBTQ+, non-binary, and chronically ill or disabled identity.
The Robert Giard Grant for Emerging LGBTQ+ Photographers supports and promotes self-taught, early career or otherwise emerging LGBTQ+ artists, awarded on a yearly basis. This support is vital for emerging artists, who may lack the financial resources or institutional support available to more established artists. 187 applications were received for the inaugural award cycle. The 2021 judges included Mariama Attah, Emily Oliveira, Leonard Suryajaya, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, and Efrem Zelony-Mindell.
“Patricide, the collaborative project by Meg Turner and Courtney Webster, is an exciting reminder of the many voices, perspectives, and experiences within the photography community. The touring exhibition is such a clever and involved way of expanding these dominant narratives.”
—Mariama Attah, 2021 Robert Giard Grant Judge, photography curator, editor, and lecturer
COURTNEY WEBSTER & MEG TURNER, 2021 WINNERS
Courtney Webster is an independent film director, producer, and media accessibility activist who most recently produced the Thank God For Abortion anthem video with the artist Viva Ruiz. Meg Turner employs printmaking, photography, sign making, and installation to focus on queer fantasy and contemporary critique. Her first solo museum show, Here & Now, opened at The Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans in 2019.
Webster and Turner began their collaborative photo practice in New Orleans in 2015. Merging their filmmaking and photography practices, Webster and Turner carefully research, plan and build each shoot collectively. Their series, Patricide, has been exhibited in part at the New York gallery, Wild Project. According to the artists, the series “has always been about questioning dominant narratives in the media and understanding them as the mechanism that deliberately manufactures who is legitimate and entitled to dignity and power. These narratives impact the ways we live, develop our identities, and ultimately figure out how to exist in communities.” The work was accompanied with public street murals and has additionally been documented in the UK Magazine, Heroine. Individual works from the series have also been shown across New York and New Orleans in places including The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Bureau of General Services Queer Division, BRIC Arts, Wallach Gallery, and the University of New Orleans Gallery.
“This funding and recognition will allow us to expand the mediums we use and to open up access to more spaces to share it with the public. As two queer artists, we are so excited to have the support of the Robert Giard Foundation and Queer|Art for this project.”
—Courtney Webster & Meg Turner, 2021 Robert Giard Grant Winners
RIEL STURCHIO & BIANCA STURCHIO, 2021 RUNNERS-UP
Bianca and riel Sturchio are twin collaborators. Bianca Sturchio is a queer and disabled artist who works primarily in paint and collage, and collaborates in the photographic project Chasing Light. She uses her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Southern Maine (2020) to work with underrepresented populations in the Portland, ME area. Bianca pairs her creative and academic backgrounds to advocate for disability justice increase representation for disabled artists. riel Sturchio is a queer interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes analog photography, printmaking, and sound sculpture. Their work often revolves around the body and their experiences with disability and chronic illness. They received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin (2018).
riel Sturchio says of their ongoing collaborative project, “Chasing Light has allowed Bianca and I to self-direct our visibility, investigate the representation of queer identity and non-normative bodies, and explore the shifting role of image-maker and subject. Our relationship with the work stems directly from our individual and shared experiences with disability, chronic illness, and non-normative queer identity. Now, we wish to turn this lens outward and offer experiences for non-artists and creative individuals who identify at the intersection of LGBTQ+, non-binary, and chronically ill or disabled identity to see themselves through self-directed documentary photographs and the support of guided workshops. We aim to advance social justice through this work by giving others the opportunity to self-direct their narratives.”
2021 Robert Giard Grant Judge Efrem Zelony-Mindell writes, "riel Sturchio, and Bianca Sturchio excite me because they epitomize voices of a previously unseen future. Through these artists the voice and language of photography shifts, becoming more than its white patriarchal history. For me these artists bring narratives from their lived experiences to viewers who would otherwise never know that they existed.”
“This award supports our vision of opening up Chasing Light to other folks at the intersection of non-normativity, disability, and LGBTQ+ identity. We believe there is great power in vulnerability and sharing stories, and feel grateful for the ability to initiate this new expansion.”
—riel Sturchio & Bianca Sturchio 2021 Robert Giard Grant Runners-Up
2021 ROBERT GIARD GRANT FINALISTS
Eight finalists were recognized for the 2021 Robert Giard Grant. From left to right, top row: Michael DeCristo, Lee Laa Guillory, a. r. havel, Ian Lewandowski. From left to right, bottom row: Schaël Marcéus, Sarah Panzer, Coyote Park, and Zhidong Zhang.
In addition to the winners and runners up, eight other visual artists were acknowledged as finalists for this year—Michael DeCristo, Lee Laa Guillory, a. r. havel, Ian Lewandowski, Schaël Marcéus, Sarah Panzer, Coyote Park, and Zhidong Zhang.
You can learn more about each of the finalists and their creative practices at our website.
Robert Giard (1939-2002) was a portrait, landscape, and figure photographer who came to the practice of photography relatively late in life. In 1972 he began to take photographs, concentrating on landscapes of the South Fork of Long Island, portraits of friends, many of them artists and writers in the region, and the nude figure. He is best known for photographing over 500 LGBTQ+ writers and activists. A selection from this project, Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, was published in 1997 by MIT Press and led to a groundbreaking exhibit at the New York Public Library the following year.
In 1985, after seeing a performance of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, as the AIDS crisis raged, Giard decided to turn his camera towards the LGBTQ+ literary community to preserve a record of queer lives and histories. He began documenting LGBTQ+ literary figures, both established and emerging, in a series of unadorned, yet sometimes witty and playful portraits that would eventually number over 500 by the time of his death.
Giard’s work can be found in the collections of The Brooklyn Museum, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the San Francisco Public Library, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; his complete archive, including work books and ephemera, can be found in the American Collection of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.
Image credits—1.Patricide, 2016, Courtney Webster & Meg Turner; 2. Suntan Lotion, 2018. riel Sturchio & Bianca Sturchio.3. Slideshow of Images by Courtney Webster & Meg Turner, images courtesy of the artists; 4. Slideshow of Images by riel Sturchio & Bianca Sturchio, image courtesy of the artists; 5. Collage of Images by Finalists, images courtesy of the artists; 6. Robert Giard, 1985. Photo by Toba Tucker, Courtesy The Estate of Robert Giard
Springtime Art! Art Deadlines List - April Email Edition
April 2021 Email Edition
April 30, 2021 - SLOWART PRODUCTIONS | GLOBAL MELTDOWN
We are living in an age of global crisis - of catastrophic MELTDOWN, an environmental, economic, medical, political, and social crisis the proportions of which, sadly, needs no description. Historically artists have foreseen, described and been inspired by crisis. The subject of this exhibition is every aspect of the GLOBAL MELTDOWN crisis. Entry is open to all artists working in any media. Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/2O8FW1c OR firstname.lastname@example.org
April 25, 2021 - KNOXVILLE PHOTO | CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKS
A dazzling, annual juried exhibition celebrating photographic works of all styles and subject matter. We hope to continue honoring and encouraging photography that runs the gamut from innovative to timeless. $1,000+ in cash awards, 40-45 works selected for display at The Emporium Center, July 2-30, in downtown Knoxville, TN's Arts District. A pay-what-you-can entry fee option is new this year! Entry Fee. Details: 865-523-7543 OR http://www.knoxalliance.com/knoxville-photo OR email@example.com
April 27, 2021 - CHELSEA INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
The Competition is an ideal way to exhibit your talent to a wider international audience. With a distinguished panel of jurors and more than $55,000 in valuable prizes, it is open to photographers from around the world at any stage of their careers. Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/31IUs1t
April 28, 2021 - MERGE: NATION'S BEST EMERGING ARTISTS WITH DISABILITIES
The VSA Emerging Young Artists Program amplifies the voices of visual artists with disabilities through career development and professional empowerment. The competition seeks excellent work from emerging artists with disabilities, ages 16-25. Grand Prize is $20,000, First Prize is $10,000, Second Prize is $6,000, and the remaining Awards of Excellence are $2,000 each. No Entry Fee. Details:http://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=7457
April 29, 2021 - F(R)ICTION'S SPRING 2021 WRITING CONTESTS
We accept work, written in English, from anywhere in the world—regardless of genre, style, or origin—and welcome speculative writing and experimental literature. Strange is good. Strange with a strong character arc is even better. Keep it weird, folks. Entries must not have been previously published in print or online, been broadcast or won a prize. Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/2XVO75f
April 30, 2021 - MONTPHOTO 2021 INTL NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO CONTEST
MontPhoto 2021 International Nature Photography and Video Contest The competition is divided into the following categories: Mountain activity / Mammals / Birds / Other animals / Plant life / Landscape / Underwater world / Ecological report / Art in nature / Nature from home / Nature portfolio / Video – Mountain stories / Video – Natural stories. Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/3eMBTD1
April 30, 2021 - INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE PHOTO COMPETITION 2021
This annual photography competition is part of the International Wildlife and Nature Photo Festival in Montier, France. The aim of this competition is to show still or filmed images of wild flora, fauna, landscapes, as well as accounts supporting the conservation of habitats, species and biodiversity. There are 9 photo categories and 1 video category. No Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/3lnftcI
April 30, 2021 - LET'S TALK ABOUT WATER | INTERNATIONAL FILM PRIZE 2021
The International Film Prize is open to anyone around the world over the age of 18. Let's Talk About Water is soliciting short films—up to two minutes—that inform, educate, inspire and motivate people to come together and embrace our ubiquitous need to value water and to share compelling narratives about water issues and solutions. No Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/3loaAQz
April 30, 2021 - NIKON SMALL WORLD COMPETITION 2021
The Nikon Small World is the world's preeminent photographic competition for images TAKEN THROUGH THE MICROSCOPE. There are two contests: • Nikon Small World Contest is for images taken through the light microscope. • Nikon Small World In Motion Contest is for movies and digital time-lapse photography taken through a light microscope. Photomicrographs must be taken using a light microscope. No Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/31wvSmB
May 01, 2021 - ALLARD PRIZE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
Entries should reflect themes of courage and leadership in combating corruption, especially through promoting transparency, accountability and the rule of law, and of human rights and/or anti-corruption generally. We also particularly welcome entries that depict corruption and human rights violations in the developed world. No Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/2Z7lWgL
May 01, 2021 - MUDHOUSE RESIDENCY ON CRETE SUMMER SESSIONS: APPLY NOW!
We will be holding three summer residency sessions in 2021; JUNE 14 -JUNE 28, JULY 5 -JULY 19, and JULY 26 -AUGUST 9. The Mudhouse Residency includes the artist's accommodations, the artist's studio facilities, and breakfast, lunch and dinner each day in the village. We are inclusive to studio and non-studio based artists. We are accepting ten artists per session, apply on our website. Entry Fee. Details:http://www.mudhouseresidency.com/about OR firstname.lastname@example.org
May 04, 2021 - ASIAN CONTEMPORARY FINE ART COMPETITION
The Competition is an ideal way to exhibit your talent to a wider international audience. With a distinguished panel of jurors and more than $55,000 in valuable prizes, it is open to visual artists from Asia at any stage of their careers. Painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, mixed media, and print are the accepted mediums. Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/3mGhjV0
May 07, 2021
TRANSVERSALIDADES 2021: PHOTOGRAPHY WITHOUT BORDERS The pictures collected under this contest should portray the diversity of territories, societies and cultures of different continents in order to allow crossed looks on the changes which are taking place in different parts of the world, show different styles of social organization and space, capture signs of continuity and change… There are 4 categories. No Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/2V9JgHv
May 09, 2021 - CALL FOR ART ACRYLIC, GOUACHE, OIL, OR WATERCOLOR
Exhibition: June 3 - 26, 2021 Las Laguna Art Gallery presents Painterly. This exhibition is open to artists working in Acrylic, Gouache, Oil, or Watercolor. This is an Open Theme exhibition so any and all subjects are acceptable. Note: All artists who submit to this show will be accepted and have at least one of their submitted works posted and promoted on our website and to our client list. Entry Fee. Details: 949-505-0950 OR http://www.laslagunaartgallery.com/upcoming-calls OR email@example.com
May 12, 2021 - AN IMAGE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
We all know the old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Over the years, through translations and appropriations, the exact wording has changed, but the sentiment remains the same: complex or nuanced feelings and thoughts can sometimes best be summed up in a single image. How do you use art to express what is too complex for words alone? Entry Fee. Details: 860-871-8222 OR http://artscentereast.org/1000-words OR firstname.lastname@example.org
May 14, 2021 - XIV INTERNATIONAL COMPOSTELA PRIZE FOR PICTURE BOOKS
Entrants are asked to submit a project of picture book: a book in which the story is told through images, or through images and text that complement each other. The books may be presented in any of the official languages of the Iberian Peninsula (Galician, Catalan, Basque, Castilian Spanish and Portuguese), and must be original and unpublished. No Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/3sHwTTo
May 15, 2021 - 2021 LANGE TAYLOR PRIZE WORDS + IMAGES
An award from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University supports documentary artists, working alone or in teams, who are involved in extended, on-going fieldwork projects that rely on and exploit the interplay of words and images. Application Fee. Details:http://documentarystudies.duke.edu/awards/lange-taylor
May 16, 2021 - PAPERWORKS 2021
Competition and online exhibition for artists who use paper as a primary medium, substrate for their painting, drawing etc., or the subject of a video. Entry fee covers 6 images and/or 2 videos. No size restrictions. Small cash awards. Juror Sewon Kang, Archivist, Easton Foundation, NY. Formerly with the Museum of Modern Art, NY. Entry Fee. Details: 631-549-5106 OR http://bitly.com/3rlqVqN OR email@example.com
May 18, 2021 - $3,500 ARTIST GRANTS
The Hopper Prize is now accepting entries for Spring 2021 artist grants. We are offering 2 grants of $3,500 and 4 grants of $1,000. All media eligible. Jurors: Selby Nimrod, Assistant Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center & María Elena Ortiz, Curator, Pérez Art Museum Miami. 30 artists will be selected for a shortlist. Additional exposure via our online Journal and Instagram feed reaching 55k. Entry Fee. Details:http://hopperprize.org
May 21, 2021 - OPEN CALL: THE WEIGHT OF TIME
'The Weight of Time' is an exhibition that explores the social and economic effects from government quarantine orders, as a direct result, of the novel virus COVID-19. We invite artists to submit their introspective works that examine the solitude of quarantining during the global pandemic and the shutdown's lasting effects on vulnerable populations. No Entry Fee. Details: 216-282-3826 OR http://www.kaisergallery.com/opportunities
May 23, 2021 - CLOSE UP PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2021
All images entered in the competition should be close-up, macro or taken with a microscope. Any image that shows the subject closer and in greater detail than would be seen with the naked eye is counted as a close-up photograph and can be entered in the competition. Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/2vJ6xZQ
May 24, 2021 - PHOTOGRAPHIC CALL FOR ENTRY “COMMON OBJECTS”
Photographers of all levels are invited to submit work reflecting the theme “common objects”. Entries of 11 or more images are eligible for a review of submitted entry images by the gallery directors. Juror will be Kevin Tully, curator, photographer, writer, painter and co-director of the gallery. Entry Fee. Details: 512-422-4080 OR http://asmithgallery.com/salon-call-for-entry OR firstname.lastname@example.org
June 28, 2021 - GOLDEN PINWHEEL YOUNG ILLUSTRATORS COMPETITION 2021
The Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition is an international illustration contest held annually as part of the China Shanghai International Children's Book Fair. There are no limits to the entry theme and content provided that is it suitable for children's book illustration. No Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/3nbZGyy
June 30, 2021 - THE COMEDY WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2021
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are looking for funny wildlife images. This global photography competition was founded in 2015 by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam. The competition has six categories. No Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/32hjLJ5
June 30, 2021 - LIMNER GALLERY | STRANGE FIGURATIONS AT LIMNER GALLERY
Strange Figurations is an international, thematic group exhibition curated and hosted by the Limner Gallery. The exhibition is open to all interpretations of the concept, Strange Figurations, which would include surreal, visionary and generally all out of the ordinary figurative art. The show is open to all media, techniques and styles from realist to expressionistic. 72″ maximum dimension. Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/3riu0Zf
June 30, 2021 - NORTH STREET BOOK PRIZE FOR SELF PUBLISHED BOOKS
7th year. $13,750 in cash prizes for self-published books, including a top prize of $5,000. Any year of publication eligible. 7 categories including Art Book (new!) Final judges: Jendi Reiter and Ellen LaFleche. Sponsored by Winning Writers and co-sponsored by BookBaby and Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Winning Writers is a partner member of the Alliance of Independent Authors. Entry fee: $65 per book. Entry Fee. Details: 413-320-1847 OR http://winningwriters.com/north OR email@example.com
July 08, 2021 - 15TH JAPAN INTERNATIONAL MANGA AWARD
The competition is organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. You may submit only one MANGA containing more than 16 pages. There is no specific theme. Both published and unpublished works are eligible. Your MANGA should be produced within the past three years (2018-2021). No Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/3gseTtV
July 31, 2021 - INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR A SHORT COMICS STORY
The International Festival of Comics and Games features various competitions and contests. One of them is the competition for a short comics story, where participants prepare a comics, up to 8 pages long. It has been organized since 1991. The participants compete for the Grand Prix, 3 prizes and 3 special awards. Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/3au8s5O
August 03, 2021 - CHELSEA INTERNATIONAL FINE ART COMPETITION
Artists have a chance to participate in a juried exhibition in New York City's Chelsea Art District and to be showcased and promoted online and in print. A distinguished panel of jurors is selected to judge, presenting more than $70,000 in awards. Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/3vdRlx5
August 15, 2021 - PHOTOGRAPHY 4 HUMANITY 2021
The United Nations supported project — Photography 4 Humanity is an international initiative that calls on photographers around the world to bring to life the power of human rights through their images. Highlighting the most compelling imagery — the images will serve to inspire people to personally get involved and take a stand for human rights. No Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/32AIhWG
August 31, 2021 - AESTHETICA CREATIVE WRITING AWARD 2021
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. Now in its 15th year, the Prize supports both emerging and established writers. By entering, writers can showcase their work to key industry figures and organisations including The Poetry Society, Granta, VINTAGE and more. Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/2LZtJLh
October 06, 2021 - EMBRACING OUR DIFFERENCES | 2022 EXHIBIT
Artists, professionals, amateurs, students are asked to submit their interpretation of the theme ”enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.” All art must have a horizontal orientation. No Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/37ExM7Z