CALL FOR ART – Queering Democracy

October 4 - November 16, 2024

ImageOut Art and Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) invite artists to submit their work for the forthcoming juried exhibition: "Queering Democracy: Art, Identity, and Politics in 2024."

Queer art has achieved greater prominence in recent years, yet the LGBTQIA+ community's struggle for freedom and equality persists. There are currently over 540 state-legislated bills threatening the rights and needs of non-binary individuals, including targeted measures against transgender people. From restricting Drag performances to censoring school curriculum and banning books, the echoes of past discrimination are hauntingly reminiscent. The urgency of this artistic call is undeniable. We hope this exhibition will serve as a reflection of our current moment, and as a poignant response to the alarming rise of anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation sweeping the nation.


We welcome 2D, 3D, and electronic media that:
- Showcases experiences, emotions, and thoughts on the evolving struggle for LGBTQIA+ rights and representation
- Channels queer history, beauty, politics, fierceness, and fabulousness
- Are documentary in nature, recording and reflecting on our history and current moment
*We are especially interested in submissions of small series of works*

Accepted artists will receive a stipend to help offset the cost of production or transport of their work. This exhibition will be juried by a diverse panel of arts professionals who identify as LGBTQIA+ The exhibition is a project of the ImageOut Art Committee in partnership with Rochester Contemporary Art Center.


- Artists of all backgrounds, identities, and those exploring all narratives of genderqueerness.
- Artists nationally across the United States.


Artist Submissions Due: Friday, June 15, 2024 by 5pm
Notification of Acceptance: On or after July 6, 2024
Accepted Artwork Drop Off: September 8, 2024, 12-5pm
Shipped Artworks Should Arrive By: September 1, 2024
Exhibition Opens: First Friday, October 4, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: October 4 - November 16, 2024


Submission and jurying will take place through this website:
Please contact us if you have any questions: (585) 461-2222


The Mission of the ImageOut film festival is to promote awareness, foster dialogue, and build community by showcasing LGBTQ+ arts and culture through films and other creative works in the greater Rochester, New York area.


Supported by:

New York State Council on the Arts
Farash Foundation
Gouvernet Arts Fund
County of Monroe
Mary S Mulligan Charitable Trust
Richard & Vicki Schwartz
and over 1,000 Members!