Davler Media Group’s Metrosource, the largest circulation LGBTQ publication serving New York City and Los Angeles, and second largest nationally, and One World Observatory, at the top of One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, announce a call for artists for Reclaiming My Pride, a national art contest designed to showcase the spirit of community, creativity, and charity in America’s LGBTQ populace.
Deadline: 18 May 2018
Top contestants will be honored at a private gala/reception on June 20 and featured in a public exhibition held at One World Observatory during NYC Pride Week from June 21 -24. The winners will also be featured in the magazine’s August/September issue, along with its online and social media platforms. The event will benefit The Ali Forney Center, an organization that protects LGBTQ youth from homelessness and empowers them with the tools to live independently.
The competition is open to all artists in the 50 states whose work reflects the spirit of community and acceptance represented by LGBTQ pride, which was ignited by the 1969 Stonewall Riots, a cornerstone event in the movement towards equality. Artists may enter the contest by digitally submitting an image or video link of their painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and fashion designs, along with an up to 200 word statement describing how it fits within the community, creativity and charity themes of the contest. Artists are also asked to submit a 100-word bio. There is no cost for submission.
Entries will be judged by a panel of esteemed artists, curators, and notables in creative pursuits, such as film and the Broadway stage. The list presently includes contemporary painters Scooter LaForge and Elisabeth Condon, pioneering 3D video artist Ali Hossaini, mixed media artist Fawn Rogers, gallerist/curator Christopher Pusey and Scott Frankel, Tony-nominated composer of Broadway musicals including War Paint and Grey Gardens, along with Davler staff.
Reclaiming My Pride Artist Benefits
The panel will select 10 finalists whose works will be featured in the exhibition at One World Observatory. The physical works will need to be shipped to Metrosource. One winner selected from the finalists will receive hotel and air travel for two to the Reclaiming My Pride event, along with two VIP tickets to opening night, and a cash prize of $1,000.
The winner and finalists will be feted at a private opening for the Reclaiming My Pride exhibition at One World Observatory, 285 Fulton Street, on the evening of June 20, 2018. Their works will be on public display from June 21 – 24, 2018, Gallery hours: 9 am to 9 pm. The artists will also have the option of making a donation in support of The Ali Forney Center, a New York City-based LGBTQ charity.
Metrosource will devote a feature in its August/September issue to the works and the backstories of these talented artists. Its online destination and social media platforms will feature video interviews with each of the exhibited artists along with digital images of their works.
Founded in 1990, Metrosource was the first glossy publication for LGBTQ people to be free of sexually explicit advertising. Metrosource has grown to have the largest circulation of any publication designed for the LGBTQ community, in both the New York and Los Angeles markets, and the second largest circulation for any such publication nationwide. Metrosource’s National Edition provides unique coverage of arts and entertainment, can’t-miss events, gay-friendly travel, and the continuing global struggle for marriage equality. It’s NYC and LA editions expand this with in-depth coverage of local events, bars, restaurants, shopping, and one-of-a-kind directories for finding businesses that are excited to serve the needs of LGBTQ people.
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