Artists who want to submit their work to be displayed as part of the Pride Art Exhibition have until Friday to do so.

A juried exhibition, the Pride Art Exhibition is accepting applications for inclusion through May 2. This year’s theme is titled “Free to Be” in honor of the “diverse identities that make up the Twin Cities LGBT community,” according to the TC Pride application instructions. “We ask the artists to draw inspiration from the concepts of FREEDOM and SELF IDENTITY. Show us through your artistry what FREE TO BE means to you.”

Those pieces chosen for the exhibition will be shown starting June 13 at the Twin Cities Pride Grand Marshal Reception at the Aloft Hotel. Aloft (a sponsor of the exhibition along with RBC Wealth Management) will select 4-5 works to remain on display in the hotel lobby throough July 18, and all other works will be displayed at the Pride Festival in Loring Park at the end of June. Pieces selected by the jury will receive a cash award.

Jury members include:

Scott Stulen, MFA, Painting & Drawing (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities), Curator of Audience Experiences and Performance, Indianapolis Museum of Art
Jeff Rathermel, MFA, Studio Arts-Printmaking (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities), Artistic Director, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Kurt Hippauf, BFA, Painting (Massachusetts College of Art), Twin Cities Pride Art Exhibition Best of Show Winner, 2010 and 2011
Caroline Houdek, MFA, Art (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities), Faculty, Photography Department and Gallery Coordinator, The Art Institutes International Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Lead Supervisor, Digital Services Bureau for Learning, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

Interested artists can apply for the exhibition at tcpride.org. The application process is free.

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Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.

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