LGBT People of Color Artists: Call for Art Submissions!

| May 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

Basic Rights Oregon’s Racial Justice and Alliance Building Program is soliciting submissions for our August 2013 art show highlighting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People of Color (LGBT POC) artists! 

LGBT POC Art Show Event:  Evening of Friday August 9th at Black Cat Café,
3990 N Interstate, Portland, OR (All Ages Space /

“LGBT POC Artists on Racial Justice” is intended to be a multimedia show. We welcome submissions from artists across disciplines (including paintings, drawing, performance art, spoken word, written work, etc.). Additionally, we seek to recruit artists from a broad range of identities, including but not limited to, gender, race, sexual orientation, class, ability, and age.  We also have $40 stipends in order to compensate selected artists who are featured in the show. 

Art is a powerful avenue for telling our stories, for empowering one another, and for moving communities to action. As we continue our work toward racial justice, we hope to provide a platform for honest expression of our struggles, for us to share our visions for the future, and for us to celebrate each other’s passion and creativity.

Art Proposal Submissions will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until the submission deadline of Friday June 21st. We will not accept any Art Proposal Submissions for consideration beyond this date.  Space cannot be guaranteed for all submissions.  Please review the list of deadlines and the full parameters for the show listed below.

Deadline for Art Proposal Submission: Friday June 21st
Featured Artists Selected and Notified:  Friday July 12th

Deadline to Drop Off Actual Art:  Monday August 5th***

***If you’re selected as a featured artist, please make sure to drop off your art with us by this deadline.  If we don’t receive your art by this deadline, we cannot guarantee you space in the show, even if you’re selected as a featured artist.  We need all the art brought in by this date, in order to determine the amount of space we need and the placement of all the pieces.*** 

Art Proposal Submission Requirements

To submit your art for consideration, please email your Art Proposal Submission with ALL of the following items included.  Please review this list in its entirety before making your submission(s)!  If all of the following items are not included in the Art Proposal Submission, we will not review the proposal. 

NOTE: If submitting more than one art piece, please include a preview of the proposed piece, a brief written description, dimensions, display, and/or audio visual needs for each individual piece.

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • A brief artist biography (no more than 3-5 sentences)  
  • An artist headshot/picture (of yourself)
  • A preview of the proposed art piece (Examples: a photo of your sketch, audio file of your performance, the text of your spoken word piece, etc.)
  • A brief written description of your piece and how it relates to LGBT POC identities and/or to racial justice (no more than one page.)
  • Dimensions of your piece (as applicable.)
  • Display needs for your piece (as applicable.)
  • Audio/visual needs for your piece (as applicable.)

Conditions of Entry In Order to Submit

  • Artists must self-identify as LGBT POC. 
  • Artists must reside in Oregon.
  • Submitted art must be related to the artists’ identities as LGBT POC and/or to racial justice.  We use this guideline broadly and will look to your description (see Proposal Submission Requirements) to tell us how your piece connects to the theme.

Selection Process for Featured Artists

Once we have received all Art Proposal Submissions by Friday June 21st, we will then begin the process of selecting the featured artists.  The Racial Justice and Alliance Building Program staff will make the final decisions on selecting the art for the show.  We have space and stipends for approximately 4 LGBT POC artists to be featured in the art show.  We will select and notify the approximately 4 featured artists by July 12th

Being selected as a featured artist includes receiving a $40 stipend (1 stipend per artist), being part of the on-stage event program on August 9th, and having your bio and/or work included in the brochure/flyer we create.  Here is the criteria we will use to select the featured artists: 

  • Meet all Conditions of Entry (please see above). 
  • Include all items on the Proposal Submission Requirements (please see above).
  • Content of the selected art must be representative of the values of racial justice/anti-oppression held by the program and the larger organization.
  • We strive to select artists who have been marginalized even within the LGBT POC community, including but not limited to transgender POC artists, youth LGBT POC artists, etc. 
  • Depending upon the content and length of the art piece, we may ask artists to shorten and/or edit their work in order for their work to be submitted and featured. 

We unfortunately do not have room to showcase all artists who submit work. If you’re not selected as a featured artist, but are still interested in having some of your work showcased, please let us know.  While we cannot guarantee space for your work, we can do our best to include you in the brochure/flyers and/or to discuss the possibility of potential space. 

Fees & Sales

  • Artists are not required to pay a fee to submit their work or to have their work shown.
  • Artists have the option of selling their work at the event. We ask that artists consider donating 10% of proceeds from all art sold to Basic Rights Oregon’s Racial Justice Program, wherever possible.


  • Basic Rights Oregon will promote the art show on our Facebook page with over 26,000 fans as well as through our email newsletter which reaches over 30,000 individuals.


  • Neither Basic Rights Oregon nor the venue assume liability for loss or damage to artwork while in transit or on display.


  • Artists from outside the Portland Metro area whose work is accepted will need to ship their pieces or bring them in-person. Basic Rights Oregon can make no firm advance commitment to cover all shipping costs. However, we will do our best to cover shipping costs where feasible.

Questions or Feedback?

  • If you have any questions or feedback about this process or this event, please contact Kodey Park Bambino, the Racial Justice and Alliance Building Program Organizer ( / 503-222-6151 x 109). 

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