EXHIBITIONS

In the past, ImageOut has administered juried exhibitions unique to Western New York, presenting the work of regional and national LGBTQ+ and allied artists. Community partners have included Out Alliance’s Gallery Q, the Visual Studies Workshop, and Rochester Contemporary Art Center.

2024

Submission Deadline: Friday, June 15, 2024 by 5:00pm
Exhibition: October 4 – November 16, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday, October 4
Rochester Contemporary Art Center
137 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14604

We are thrilled to announce a new juried exhibition in partnership with Rochester Contemporary Art Center, “Queering Democracy: Art, Identity, and Politics in 2024.”

This call is open nationally for artists of all backgrounds, identities, and those exploring all narratives of genderqueerness. We welcome 2D, 3D, and electronic media that:
– Showcases experiences, emotions, and thoughts on the evolving struggle for LGBTQIA+ rights and representation
– Channels queer history, beauty, politics, fierceness, and fabulousness
– Are documentary in nature, recording and reflecting on our history and current moment

Queering Democracy is a project of the ImageOut Art Committee in partnership with Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo), and will be juried by a diverse panel of arts professionals who identify as LGBTQIA+. This exhibition expands on past collaborations between RoCo and ImageOut Art and will take place in fall 2024, during election season and along with the ImageOut Film Festival at The Little Theatre and The Dryden Theatre.

Read the full call for art here: https://www.rochestercontemporary.org/…/queering…/

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2020

March 6 – April 23, 2020
Opening Reception: March 6, 6:00-9:00pm
Gallery Q at Out Alliance
100 College Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

The emerging annual exhibition was established in 2017 with the recognition that Rochester and its surrounding area are home to many amazing university art programs.

This year’s exhibition highlights twenty-six artists from six universities and includes a wide range of media from sculpture, to painting, to photography, and fiber arts. The exhibition provides opportunities for students to gain exhibition experience, while showcasing emerging talents in our community.

“This year we received a record number of submissions. The emerging exhibition is always a great show. We are very excited about the selections for this year,” said ImageOutArt Committee Chair and Gallery Q Coordinator Al Carver-Kubik.

The ImageOutArt committee will present three cash prizes. “Our committee members are excited to jury this year’s exhibition and to award prizes to strong work. We hope to encourage young artists to continue to develop their skills by providing funds to aid them in purchasing art supplies and equipment,” said Jamie Allen, ImageOut board member.

20emerging, ImageOut’s Annual Juried Student Exhibition, will be on display at Gallery Q through April 23, 2020.

February 14, 2020
Presented in Partnership with Out Alliance Gallery Q
Opening Reception: February 14, 6:00-9:00pm
Gallery Q at Out Alliance
100 College Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

RAW WATER, new works by Brandon Giessmann, opens Friday, February 14 at Out Alliance’s Gallery Q with a reception from 6:00-9:00pm. Please join us, meet the artist, and enjoy good conversation.

Giessmann is a Canadian visual artist and writer who explores trauma, identity, and memory. His interdisciplinary practice often uses performance, photography, and installation to bridge generational gaps in knowledge and experiences of the closet and genocide, consider the effects of the ongoing AIDS crisis, and reflect upon the role that institutions play in the conservation and presentation of queer histories. RAW WATER explores AIDS and queer histories looking back to the previous generation’s experience of the crisis in the 1980s and 1990s to his experience of AIDS in the age of PreP.  Geissmann says, “There is something precious and horrifying about the way mourning unites people. Inheriting a legacy laden with grief lacks the same clarity… Like deep water, the ’80s and ’90s are alluring and unfamiliar. I grew up surrounded by prairies, mountains, and now PrEP. Open water envelopes like the past does, prompting a saturation that seems inescapable. I am drowning in an ocean of meager decades, desperately filling my lungs with fluid, hoping that sinking will reveal something that remains unclear from the surface.”

Giessmann received his BFA from the Alberta University of the Arts in 2018 and is currently pursuing his MFA at the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 2019, he won the first place jury award at ImageOut’s 19emerging exhibit.

2019

December 6, 2019 – January 31, 2020
Presented in Partnership with Out Alliance Gallery Q & University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Opening Reception: December 6, 6:00-9:00pm
Film Screening & Discussion: January 8, 2020, 6:00-9:00pm
Gallery Q at Out Alliance
100 College Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

ImageOut and Gallery Q at the Out Alliance present HIV, Does It Really Matter?, an exhibition featuring Charmaine Wheatley’s watercolor portraits that focus on local community members impacted by HIV, including researchers, clinicians, and caretakers as well as those living with HIV. The installation runs December 6 to January 31 at Gallery Q with an opening reception First Friday, December 6 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

As artist in residence at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), Wheatley has sat with individuals at the URMC Infectious Disease clinic, as well as at Equal Grounds coffee shop, Evergreen Health in Buffalo, Trillium Health, and Gilead Sciences in California. In doing so, Wheatley created a profound personal connection with her sitters, which is reflected in these portraits with their colorful weave of likeness and conversational fragments. Each image serves as a souvenir of a shared moment between artist and sitter, and provides a window on an intensely intimate exchange. Through these portraits, Wheatley invites us to deepen our understanding of what it means to be affected by HIV and seeks to dissolve stigma surrounding this virus.

Charmaine Wheatley is a performance artist who records by watercolor drawing, typically housing works in pocket-sized tin boxes. Since graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, she has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts; Arts Nova Scotia; and Arts Newfoundland Labrador. In 2012, Wheatley became an artist in residence for life at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts where she has had two long-term exhibitions. Her art is held in international and library collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York. She has been the artist in residence at the University of Rochester Medical Center since January 2017.

September 6, 2019
Presented in Partnership with Out Alliance Gallery Q
Opening Reception: September 6, 6:00-9:00pm
Gallery Q at Out Alliance
100 College Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

ImageOut and Gallery Q are partnering to exhibit works by Evan Bobrow and Kes Efstathiou with the exhibition, Scouting, which opens September 6 at Gallery Q with a reception from 6-9 pm. Connecting through a mutual interest in depicting the landscape, Bobrow and Efstathiou will be bringing their own contemporary perspectives to the genre. 

April 5 – 24, 2019
Presented in Partnership with Out Alliance Gallery Q
Opening Reception: April 5, 6:00-9:00pm
Gallery Q at Out Alliance
100 College Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

Opening First Friday April 5, ImageOut and Gallery Q present, 19emerging, our annual juried exhibition for regional college-student artists. The opening reception will be held from 6:00 to 9:00pm at Gallery Q, located at 100 College Avenue.

ImageOut established this annual art exhibition in 2017 with the recognition that Rochester and its surrounding area are home to several amazing university art programs. The exhibition provides opportunities for local students to gain exhibition experience, while showcasing emerging talents in our own community. Past exhibitions have included a range of artists in terms of their experience levels and the variety of mediums displayed, including printmaking, drawing, photography, sculpture and animation.

This year the ImageOut art committee will present three cash prizes. “Our committee members are excited to jury this year’s exhibition and to award prizes to strong work. We hope to encourage young artists to continue to develop their skills by providing funds to aid them in purchasing art supplies and equipment,” said Jamie Allen, ImageOut board member. The winners will be announced at the opening on April 5.

19emerging is in collaboration with Gallery Q at Out Alliance and will be on display through Wednesday, April 24.

2018

September 7 – October 27, 2018
Presented in Partnership with Visual Studies Workshop
Opening Reception & Gallery Talk: September 7, 6:00-9:00pm
VSW Gallery
31 Prince St, Rochester, NY 14607

VSW is very pleased to be exhibiting the work of Lola Flash in collaboration with ImageOut Art, a program of the Rochester LGBT film and video festival.

AIDS FLASHback focuses on Flash’s previous work as an activist. About the work she notes, “These selections are a reflection of the late 80s and early 90s, a time when the AIDS crisis was at its height in New York City. I was an activist and a member of ACT UP, as well as ART+ (an affinity group focusing on issues around brown people affected by AIDS). Some of the images are from ACT UP demonstrations in New York and Washington, DC. Others are photographs which speak to the sadness and loss of too many friends during that period, as well as the anger towards many of the institutions that silently watched us die.”

Lola Flash has been photographing for over thirty years with numerous exhibitions to date. She earned a BA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a MA from the London College of Printing. Flash has received residencies from Light Work, the Art Matters Foundation, and Alice Yard. She lives and works in New York where she teaches photography, art, and English at a Brooklyn high school.

Friday, September 7, 6 – 9 pm

Join us for the First Friday opening with a gallery talk with Lola Flash at 6 pm.

September 3 – 23, 2018
Opening Reception: September 7, 6:00-9:00pm
Gallery Q at Out Alliance
100 College Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

Citlali Fabián is a Mexican Photographer. She holds a B.A. in Photography from the Universidad Veracruzana and a Certificate in Photographic Preservation and Collection Management from the George Eastman Museum. Her work is focused on the different ways to explore the concept of identity. Her exhibit, Ben’n Yalhalhj / Soy de Yalalag,  I’m from Yalalag, uses both collected photographs of her family and photographs documenting  the Zapotec people in Yalalag. The series aims at connecting a better understanding of her own identity and the worldview.  The exhibit runs September 3 -23 , with opening night, Friday, September 7 , 6 – 9 PM.

May 4 – 24, 2018
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: May 4, 6:00-9:00pm
Gallery Q at Out Alliance
100 College Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

ImageOutArt and Out Alliance’s Gallery Q present JUST THIS: Watercolors, Drawings, etc, 40 Years, 40+ Works by Eric Bellmann, beginning First Friday, May 4, 2018, from 6 to 9 pm at Gallery Q. Reception and artist talk begins at 7pm. Bellmann’s exhibition runs through May 24.

April 5 – 24, 2019
Opening Reception: April 5, 6:00-9:00pm
Gallery Q at Out Alliance
100 College Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

Opening First Friday April 5, ImageOut and Gallery Q present, 19emerging, our annual juried exhibition for regional college-student artists. The opening reception will be held from 6:00 to 9:00pm at Gallery Q, located at 100 College Avenue.

ImageOut established this annual art exhibition in 2017 with the recognition that Rochester and its surrounding area are home to several amazing university art programs. The exhibition provides opportunities for local students to gain exhibition experience, while showcasing emerging talents in our own community. Past exhibitions have included a range of artists in terms of their experience levels and the variety of mediums displayed, including printmaking, drawing, photography, sculpture and animation.

This year the ImageOut art committee will present three cash prizes. “Our committee members are excited to jury this year’s exhibition and to award prizes to strong work. We hope to encourage young artists to continue to develop their skills by providing funds to aid them in purchasing art supplies and equipment,” said Jamie Allen, ImageOut board member. The winners will be announced at the opening on April 5.

19emerging is in collaboration with Gallery Q at Out Alliance and will be on display through Wednesday, April 24.

2017

September 7 – October 27, 2018
Presented in Partnership with Visual Studies Workshop
Opening Reception & Gallery Talk: September 7, 6:00-9:00pm
VSW Gallery
31 Prince St, Rochester, NY 14607

VSW is very pleased to be exhibiting the work of Lola Flash in collaboration with ImageOut Art, a program of the Rochester LGBT film and video festival.

AIDS FLASHback focuses on Flash’s previous work as an activist. About the work she notes, “These selections are a reflection of the late 80s and early 90s, a time when the AIDS crisis was at its height in New York City. I was an activist and a member of ACT UP, as well as ART+ (an affinity group focusing on issues around brown people affected by AIDS). Some of the images are from ACT UP demonstrations in New York and Washington, DC. Others are photographs which speak to the sadness and loss of too many friends during that period, as well as the anger towards many of the institutions that silently watched us die.”

Lola Flash has been photographing for over thirty years with numerous exhibitions to date. She earned a BA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a MA from the London College of Printing. Flash has received residencies from Light Work, the Art Matters Foundation, and Alice Yard. She lives and works in New York where she teaches photography, art, and English at a Brooklyn high school.

Friday, September 7, 6 – 9 pm

Join us for the First Friday opening with a gallery talk with Lola Flash at 6 pm.

September 3 – 23, 2018
Opening Reception: September 7, 6:00-9:00pm
Gallery Q at Out Alliance
100 College Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

Citlali Fabián is a Mexican Photographer. She holds a B.A. in Photography from the Universidad Veracruzana and a Certificate in Photographic Preservation and Collection Management from the George Eastman Museum. Her work is focused on the different ways to explore the concept of identity. Her exhibit, Ben’n Yalhalhj / Soy de Yalalag,  I’m from Yalalag, uses both collected photographs of her family and photographs documenting  the Zapotec people in Yalalag. The series aims at connecting a better understanding of her own identity and the worldview.  The exhibit runs September 3 -23 , with opening night, Friday, September 7 , 6 – 9 PM.

May 4 – 24, 2018
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: May 4, 6:00-9:00pm
Gallery Q at Out Alliance
100 College Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

ImageOutArt and Out Alliance’s Gallery Q present JUST THIS: Watercolors, Drawings, etc, 40 Years, 40+ Works by Eric Bellmann, beginning First Friday, May 4, 2018, from 6 to 9 pm at Gallery Q. Reception and artist talk begins at 7pm. Bellmann’s exhibition runs through May 24.

April 5 – 24, 2019
Opening Reception: April 5, 6:00-9:00pm
Gallery Q at Out Alliance
100 College Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

Opening First Friday April 5, ImageOut and Gallery Q present, 19emerging, our annual juried exhibition for regional college-student artists. The opening reception will be held from 6:00 to 9:00pm at Gallery Q, located at 100 College Avenue.

ImageOut established this annual art exhibition in 2017 with the recognition that Rochester and its surrounding area are home to several amazing university art programs. The exhibition provides opportunities for local students to gain exhibition experience, while showcasing emerging talents in our own community. Past exhibitions have included a range of artists in terms of their experience levels and the variety of mediums displayed, including printmaking, drawing, photography, sculpture and animation.

This year the ImageOut art committee will present three cash prizes. “Our committee members are excited to jury this year’s exhibition and to award prizes to strong work. We hope to encourage young artists to continue to develop their skills by providing funds to aid them in purchasing art supplies and equipment,” said Jamie Allen, ImageOut board member. The winners will be announced at the opening on April 5.

19emerging is in collaboration with Gallery Q at Out Alliance and will be on display through Wednesday, April 24.