LGBTQ history is our history, and the story of the community is the story of our region.
Behind the jubilant parades and rainbow flags which blossom along porches in June, is a proud and diverse population who live, work, and contribute mightily to the creative culture of Northeast Ohio.
Beginning this August, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve presents CONVERGE, a massive visual art exhibition held in partnership with the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, Lake Erie College, Judson Manor Retirement Community, and Cleveland MetroHealth.
Shown across 5 venues, CONVERGE brings together the stories of the LGBTQ community, including the historically underrepresented voices of women, transgender people, and people of color.
CONVERGE features 71 regional artists of all ages, backgrounds, and identifications, creating a vibrant cross-section of the LGBTQ experience.
Conceived by Kelly Pontoni, and co-curated by artists Sam Butler, Tony Williams, and Mark Yasenchack, with assistance by Mary Proctor, over 140 pieces were selected in a staggering array of media including painting, photography, textiles, glass, fashion, assemblage, and immersive installations which transport the viewers while transforming their perspective.
An in-person opening reception will be held on Thursday, August 26th, 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Artists Archives, 1834 East 123rd Street, Cleveland, OH 44106
. No registration necessary. For a preview of the show, and additional information on accompanying events and programs, please visit artistsarchives.org
Melissa Bloom, Artists of CONVERGE, Acrylic on wood, 71 5 x 5” panels