Message from Co-President Evan Strope

My name is Evan Strope, and I am one of the proud co-presidents of the Queer Art Club and the Queer Art Collective. Christopher and I have been involved with the Queer Art Collective since Spring 2019, and I could not be prouder to see how this community has grown.
I have always believed that every artist should have the opportunity to share their art among a community of their peers without fear of judgment or harassment. This is what the Queer Art Collective strives to be. This collective is a place for members of the LGBTQ+ to share their art and express themselves with a group of supportive peers.
It can be frightening to talk about certain subjects, especially as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. I strive for this collection to always be a place of acceptance and open arms.
I hope that you enjoy the following artwork as we explore gender and sexuality as a spectrum.

Queerness Validated by Queerness

A few words from co-president Christopher Rodriguez

My wonderful experience being a part of this collective has been positively affirming to my queer identity and my appreciation of what queer people can really do. I cannot express how much joy it brings me to be in a room full of queer people and allies, sharing ideas meant to uplift and to make heard the artistic expressions of LGBTQ+ individuals.

I am proud to say that I am a part of a collective by queer artists for queer artists. I was asked to be a part of this and the Queer Art Club during the spring 2019 semester of my freshman year and I was both thrilled and terrified. I was thrilled, because I knew it would benefit my peer queer artists I worked with in college, and I was terrified, because I am not out of the closet to everyone. I was worried that being a part of something publicly would pull me out. Both excited at the idea and scared because I want to come out, my artwork expresses struggles to validate my own sexuality and to feel comfortable living my life openly without fears of being shunned.

For me, this collective and the Queer Art Club are meant to uplift LGBTQ+ identities and artists and to set an example of what queer people have to say about their experiences and the world around them. Our artwork is vulnerable in how honest it can be and in how beautifully it artistically expresses the struggles and explorations of gender identity and expression; the conditioning of heteronormative society at its effects; and the beauty of being queer and happy. These themes can be found intertwined and infused into the pigment and application of paint, ink, and graphite. Know that in these artworks there can be seen joy, fear, happiness, and sadness. In some of the experiences displayed we cried, but in the purging of the idea on paper or canvas, we find peace. I am honored to be a part of a community of queer artists who can tell each other their experiences and feel encouraged to do so.

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