Call for Artists: Once a Day Swallow a Small Sun

Third Space DFW is seeking works for the online viewing room version of its postponed art exhibition, Once a Day Swallow a Small Sun. We aim to provide a safe space for people to promote queer-friendly perspectives, art, and resources. The show will focus on reflections of the queer experience about health and well-being. This exhibition was inspired by a line from Sam Sax’s poem, On PrEP or on Prayer [“when i say pre-exposure prophylaxis”]:

“once a day swallow a small sun / & all hymn in you comes undone”

Our definition of what queer health means is open to allow artists to freely interpret this concept. We felt that there needed to be creative attention to this aspect of the queer experience because it is often a taboo topic to discuss within and outside of the community.

This exhibition was scheduled to be on view from May through June 2020 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. It is now postponed due to circumstances imposed by COVID-19 and the world pandemic.

Without any current prospects for showing the exhibition in real life, we wanted to bring a version of this art experience to our online platforms. We believe that queer artists should still have a voice in these difficult times.

The online format of the exhibition will be opening in December 2020. This exhibition will also be supplemented with a physical catalog book with more information on each artist.

This exhibition project has been partially funded with an artist grant through the support of the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas. We are hoping that we can continue with the exhibition at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center when life regains some sense of normalcy in the future.

Submission Guidelines:

To submit your work, send an email to thirdspacedfw@gmail.com.

In the email, include your name, titles of your work, brief biography/ statement, and any web or social media handles you want to be promoted. Please send up to five images or a video of your work for promotional purposes.

Image submissions should be high-resolution image files in JPEG, GIF, or PNG format. Please include an image list with the title, medium, and prices.

Art of all mediums are encouraged for submission including but not limited to paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, and much more.

All work must be well photographed for the purposes of web and print.

By submitting your work, you are agreeing to also participate in the exhibition at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. The artwork must also be ready to install if the exhibition schedule at the Arts Center resumes.

The deadline for submission will be August 31, 2020, at 11:59 PM central time.

There are no costs or fees for artists to show.

About Third Space DFW:

The soul mission of Third Space DFW is to provide a safe space for the LGBTQIA community. We seek out underrepresented areas and create platforms for our voices to be heard.

Our agenda is simple: The Queernormative. Creating safe spaces for the LGBTQIA+ community. Providing platforms for our voices to be heard. Colliding community with resources. Giving rise to queer ideas, art, and individuals. We will not hide, shy away, or be ashamed. We are something new and unrecognizable, a newly defined era of meaning and representation.

Submitted by Kim Nguyen. Email: thirdspacedfw@gmail.com

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