The Ephemera Exhibition: An Exploration of Queer Identity

Ephemera (plural noun) /əˈfem(ə)rə/ /əˈfɛm(ə)rə/: 1. Things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time.
1.1 Items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity. 

I’ve always been enamored with the word ephemera. It has always felt deeply romantic and at the same time insubstantial. It’s all the tiny, mundane details that really bring something to life. Ephemera is a word, when paired with the Queer experience, that can mean so many things. For me, it brings to mind things that are so often fleeting in queer lives: our safety, our families, our pride, our relationships, and even our lives themselves. I am looking forward to seeing what ephemera means to you, to seeing glimpses of your own life’s memorabilia. 

My hope for this exhibition is to give voice to the struggles, the fears, the successes, the joys, and the uncertainties of the queer community in this strange, new reality. -Chloe

Timeline

  • June 1st – Applications open
  • August 1st – Deadline for Submissions
  • August 6th – all artists notified
  • August 12th-13th – Drop off artwork at Golden Boy Coffee Co.
  • August 15th – Opening Reception (details to follow)
  • August 31st – Show Closes
  • Sept 1st-3rd – Pick up artwork

This curated visual art exhibition will open on August 15, and remain on display until August 31st. An opening reception will be held on the 15th; all selected artists are asked to be at the opening. The show will be hosted by Golden Boy Coffee Co., and can be viewed at any time during their business hours.

Original hanging and free-standing pieces will be selected based on expression of theme, intersectionality, and diversity of medium.

There is no submission fee. Each artist may submit up to five pieces.