The public is invited to join Lancaster Public Art at a reception for “Queering the Arts,” an exhibit honoring the queer experience, in City Hall Gallery, 120 N. Duke St., on Friday, Nov. 2, at 5 p.m. The show will run through the end of November.
The exhibit is in celebration of LGBT History month in October, and Transgender Awareness Week and the Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20.
“Queering the Arts” provides a snapshot of what artists within the transgender community are creating, to shed light on the thoughts, preoccupations, aesthetics and politics of queer artists. Barry Russell, founder of Rainbow Rose Community, initiated the project.
“The artists might identify as queer/LGBTQIA+ [and] their work does not necessarily have to represent this, but equally can, and does,” said Russell.
Erica Millner, artist and co-owner of Mio Studio, curated the work of 12 artists that identify as queer.
The group show features artwork in a variety of media from artists Alex Luna, Artie Van Why, DJ Ramsay, Erica Millner, Freiman Stolztfus, Jezebeth Roca Gonzalez, Joey Ressler, Kevin Miller, Laura Luce, Loryn Spangler Jones, Mai Orama Muniz and Michelle Johnsen.
LGBT History Month is an annual, monthlong observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and the LGBTQIA+ rights movement. Transgender Awareness Week is a weeklong celebration dedicated to educating the public about transgender and gender non-conforming individuals and the issues associated with their transition or identity, culminating with the Transgender Day of Remembrance which memorializes victims of transphobic violence.
City Council passed a resolution recognizing October 2018 as LGBTQ History Month at their regular meeting on Oct. 9. A resolution regarding Transgender Awareness Week and the Day of Remembrance will be introduced in November. More details about that resolution are forthcoming.
City Hall Gallery is free and open to the public weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The artwork on display is available for sale, and proceeds from artwork sold in City Hall Gallery go directly to the artist.