Higher Ground Exhibition / Calls & Submissions
February 25, 2024
Organization Name: Washington State University
Organization Location: Pullman, WA
Type: Calls & Submissions
The Washington State University Queer Archives invites artists & community members to submit work and materials for an upcoming exhibition at the MASC exhibition space on the Washington State University Pullman campus. This exhibition is seeking artwork and historical ephemera that speaks specifically to queer history and experience related to the Palouse region of Southeastern Washington State.
This exhibition will be a combination of artwork and community ephemera, and will attempt to speak to, complicate, and expand upon both categories – allowing for a wider and more transformative narrative of queer history and experience in this region. We invite work that moves beyond a simplistic notion of history and representation and speaks to a more serpentine canon of life, history, and art. We invite the incompletes, the remembrances, the keepsakes, the half-truths, gossips, murmurs, and fleeting moments.
Accepted ephemera includes photographs, 35mm slides, VHS or U-matic video cassettes, 8mm or 16mm film, journals, posters, and booklets — and may be related to activism in the region, community events and organization, personal relationships, and correspondence.
Accepted artwork include but are not limited to drawings, photographs, screenprints, woodblocks, unstretched canvas paintings, digital art, etc. — and may be visually related to the area and/or made within the context of living here. Artwork should be 2-D and unframed.
Artists and community members that are accepted into this exhibition will have the option for their work to be acquired into the WSU Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections as part of the WSU Queer Archives. After the exhibition closes, artists will be compensated for the acquisition. Participants may submit artworks, ephemera, or both. Accepted ephemera may be copied and reproduced for the exhibition. Both emerging and established artists are encouraged to apply.
This exhibition is in collaboration with the Washington State University LGBTQ+ Center & the Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.