Fenix Arts, a diverse and inclusive art collective, announced in December 2021 that it is accepting entries from LGBTQIA+ artists for the upcoming exhibit “Queer.”

Artists from the mid-south region are invited to enter their visual art into the juried exhibition with cash awards of up to $500. The deadline for entries is March 20, 2022. The exhibit will open June 2, 2022, at Fenix Arts in Fayetteville, AR, and at Gallery 214 at 4512 Donna Street, Springdale, AR, and run through July 30, 2022.

Fenix Arts, a Fayetteville, Arkansas, non-profit arts center, seeks to support and nurture established, emerging, and under-represented artists of Northwest Arkansas and beyond. “We are committed to providing opportunities for collaboration and connectivity across art disciplines and creating opportunities for community involvement,” said Laurie Foster, President of Fenix Arts. “The focus of this exhibition will be to give voice to this under-represented population to share their stories and dreams. At Fenix Arts, we believe that all people deserve dignity and respect, and a connection to community and resources.”

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The exhibit is open to LGBTQIA+ artists, age 18 and above, currently living in the mid-south (Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Mississippi). Artworks must have been completed within the past two years and should reflect some aspect of the queer experience. Artists may enter up to three works for an entry fee of $25. 3-D artworks may include up to three views per artwork. The entry fee is non-refundable and does not guarantee entry into the show. Artists are encouraged to submit works that will be available for purchase. Fenix Arts will take a 40 percent commission on works sold during the exhibition. Works will not be accepted after the March 20, 2022 deadline. Entrants will be notified of their acceptance into the exhibit on April 1, 2022.

The guest juror for “Queer” Is Brad Cushman, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Wingate Center of Art+ Design Director/Curator and a studio artist living in Little Rock, Arkansas. Cushman’s curatorial projects have included exhibitions that promote cultural diversity and social justice, through the voices of Black, White, Latino/Hispanic, LGBTQ+2, South Asian, and African artists. Cushman exhibits his own studio art in regional and national exhibitions featuring paintings, polymer gravure etchings, and mixed media works. He is the voice of Picture This on NPR in central Arkansas. His audio essays on art and design have been broadcast since 2005. He can also be seen hosting Inside Art, a television program produced on University TV.


Visual and Performing Arts Center at Fenix dba Fenix Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit committed to the artistic experience in Northwest Arkansas. It is a diverse and inclusive art collective of accomplished Arkansas artists who have been juried into the gallery by a curation committee of professional artists, arts advocates and appraisers. The mission of Fenix Arts is to support, encourage, and raise up and promote a diverse arts community in Northwest Arkansas.

For more information, Contact: Laurie Foster at 479-530-6023 or go online at: fenixfayettevilleart@gmail.com or visit https://www.fenixarts.org.

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