|The Queer Ancestors Project is devoted to forging sturdy relationships between LGBTQI people and our ancestors. Using history as a linchpin, we build community by providing young Queer adults (age 18 to 26) free interdisciplinary workshops in printmaking, writing, and Queer history. Public exhibitions and readings of their work provide a window on the past through which the larger community can glimpse our collective future.|
|Bayard Rustin, By Alan Guttirez||José Sarria, By Eva Ovale||Zora Neale Hurston, by Anna Robinson|
The LGBTQ community has a limited visual record, or none at all, of significant Queer events before the 1970s, particularly in the histories of Queers of Color and Gender Queers. This lack of imagery makes it harder for LGBTQ people to connect with, learn from, and be inspired by our history. Just as photographs from your early life help to anchor personal memories, a visual record – even an imagined one – can bring historical events to life, creating the kind of indelible connection that enables us to engage deeply with our ancestors.
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Free QAP 2013 Workshop Exploring
Queer Ancestors & Linocut Printmaking
For Queer Artists Age 18 to 26
Supplies Included, Exhibition at the LGBT Center in Spring 2014
Workshop Taught by Printmaker Katie Gilmartin
Meets Monday evenings, 6 to 9:30 For 16 Weeks
August 2013 to January 2014
At Chrysalis Studio in SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street, SF
Space is Limited: Commit to Attending All Classes
And to Writing About & Creating Prints Exploring Your Queer Ancestry
Applications Due 5 pm July 17, 2013
This workshop is for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer, queer, questioning, and intersex artists who are interested in exploring Queer ancestry. We’ll spend 16 fabulous weeks together studying linocut printmaking and Queer history. The workshop requires a significant commitment of time and energy: in addition to our class meetings, homework assignments of at least three hours each week will involve researching your Queer ancestors, writing about your process,and creating prints exploring your own Queer ancestry.
This year’s workshop will have two culminations. On November 2nd QAP artists will exhibit prints and lead a pre-show altar building/printmaking workshop for The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’s Project Nunway 5 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In the spring of 2014 we’ll mount a group exhibition of prints at San Francisco’s LGBT Community Center. Throughout the workshop we’ll share our experiences, encourage exploration, and honor one another’s visions.
Chrysalis Studio Director Katie Gilmartin will teach the class, along with a variety of guest speakers. Katie is a Queer San Francisco printmaker who, in her distant past, was a college professor of Queer history and theory. She is co-founder and managing director of City Art Cooperative Gallery, and an initiate in the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Katie has a novel set in San Francisco in 1951, exploring imagined Queer ancestors, forthcoming from Cleis Press in 2014.
The QAP workshop will meet Monday evenings, 6 to 9:30 from August 12 to October 28; after a brief hiatus to allow carving time, we’ll meet again November 25, December 2, 9, 16, and January 6, 2014. We’ll meet at Chrysalis Studio in SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street, (between 8th and 9th) in San Francisco.
Space is Limited to 10 Artists. To apply, submit the application along with a writing sample and examples of your art in any medium (details on application; preference will be given to artists whose work demonstrates drawing skills). Submission details on application.
This program is generously supported by Chrysalis Studio, Queer Cultural Center, San Francisco Arts Commission & SOMArts, and is in collaboration with The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence & Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.