2017 Twelfth Annual Juried art Exhibition


Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” – Jane Howard

The William Way LGBT Community Center invites all LGBTQ artists from the five county Greater Philadelphia Region to submit their art for the 12th Annual Juried Art Exhibition to be held September 15th through October 27th 2017.


Exhibition Dates: Exhibition takes place September 15 to October 27, 2017

Deadline:   All artwork submissions must be made by midnight July 21st, 2017.

Submissions Guidelines detail below

Theme - What do you want to say about "family" through your art?
Most people no longer assume the only definition of “family” is two parents and their offspring. Many other kinds of families are now recognized and widely accepted.  Families, including families of choice, share some common elements. Essential for the self-identifying family is the providing of love and affection and acceptance. Also the feeling of belonging and a sense of identity. Good times are celebrated together. And in times of trouble, family members rally, to care for and support each other.  Please respond to this call with your vision of family.  *The definition of family for this call is as inclusive as you want it to be.

Eligibility and Requirements
All LGBTQ artists, 18yo or older living in the Greater Philadelphia Area are eligible to participate. Self taught artists, emerging artists and professional artists are all encouraged to apply. Please Note: Artists who have been previously selected for solo or group exhibitions in the last two years, as well as WWCC Board members, staff and Art Committee members are ineligible to apply.

*All artwork must not exceed these maximum limits: 48” height, 48” width, 4” depth and 20lbs weight. Artwork must be original and may be of any medium.  All artwork must be delivered suitably framed, wired, & ready for gallery hanging (hook and nail system).

David Acosta (Also known as Juan Armando David Acosta Posada) is a writer poet, cultural worker and co founder of Casa de Duende, along with his life partner Jerry Macdonald.

He has served on a wide range of committees and boards, including past work with the Philadelphia International Film Festival, The Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, The PA Council on the Arts, as well as a founding member of Our Living Legacy (1988), the nation's first festival devoted to art and AIDS. In 1993 he served on the East Market Street Sculpture Review Committee, which selected artist Raymond Sandoval’s Tanamend sculpture from among more than 3,000 artist proposals. He was a founding member of The Latin American Writers Collective, Desde Este Lado, as well as the magazine that bore its name. He was also a co-founder of the Philadelphia Working Fund for Artists with HIV/AIDS. In 1989 he curated the Pieces of Life Project at Taller Puertorriqueño which brought the National Names Project (Originators of the AIDS Quilt Project) to Philadelphia, and specifically to a Latino community in a large metropolitan city, at that time a first for the Names Project. 

In December of 2011 he curated, Witness: Artists reflect on thirty years of the AIDS Pandemic. Witness, is a multi-media visual arts exhibition inviting artists to reflect on, explore and respond to the impact that the HIV/AIDS epidemic has had on our social, cultural and political life over the past thirty years. More recently he has served as a panelist for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund in 2011 and 2012.

Exhibition Dates
Exhibition takes place from September 15th to October 27, 2017

Awards & Prizes
Three artists will be selected to participate in a group exhibition at WWCC during 2018.

Two artists will be awarded a prize of $300 each.

Artwork also may be selected for purchase prizes. The artwork will become part of the Permanent Art Collection of WWCC.

Opening reception
The opening of the exhibition will be on Friday September 15 , 6-8pm

Scroll down to review the full submissions guidelines or click below to fill out the Application.

Name *
Please be sure to list the image file name, title, date created, medium(s), and dimensions. Use a separate box for each work.
Please be sure to list the image file name, title, date created, medium(s), and dimensions. Use a separate box for each work.
Please be sure to list the image file name, title, date created, medium(s), and dimensions. Use a separate box for each work.
Please provide a brief artist's statement. Please limit your statement to a maximum of 200 words.
By submitting this form, you agree to the terms and conditions of the WWCC Juried Art Exhibition as indicated in the Guidelines, including that the WWCC will not be held responsible for the loss, theft or damage to any artwork.

 Winners of the 2016 juried art contest

Winners of the 2016 juried art contest


Artworks:  The WWCC Gallery will exhibit artwork that conforms within these maximum limitations: Height 48”, Width 48”, Depth 4”, Weight 20 lbs.

Mediums:   All artwork must be original and two-dimensional. Be either traditional or digital photography, traditional or digital prints, drawings, paintings, collage, fiber, encaustic and mixed medium. Please Note: Photographs or prints of artist’s work are ineligible.

Eligibility:  All emerging, academically trained and self taught LGBTQ artists who are 18 yo+, living within the five county Greater Philadelphia region, and who have been consistently creating artwork for at least 2 years. Please Note: Artists who have been previously selected for solo or group exhibitions in the last two years, WWCC Board members, Staff and Art Committee members are ineligible to apply.

Deadline:   All artwork submissions must be made by midnight July 21st, 2017. 

Submission Process:  All artists must submit an entry form above and up to 3 image files. All art submissions must be emailed to cthompson@waygay.org. Please title the email, “WWCC Juried Exhibition 2017” and in the body of the email include: Artist name and phone number. Attach the following files to the email: image files for each artwork submitted (a maximum of 3) and the completed Application Form (available above).

Each image file will be jpeg format (maximum: 150dpi, 650 pix wide) and 3MB or less (saved), up to 3 maximum. Make sure each attached image file is titled lastname_firstname 1.jpg; lastname_firstname 2.jpg; lastname_firstname 3.jpg. All rights to the photographic digital images remain the property of the artist.

Presentation:  All artwork must be presented at delivery ready for hanging (framed, wired for hook & nail only). All artwork must be original and created within the last two years.

Delivery:   Selected artwork must be delivered to the WWCC 1315 Spruce St, Philadelphia 19107 between 12 noon and 4pm on Monday September 4th, 2017 or Tuesday, September 5th, 2017. Please make sure that the artwork has attached to the back (1) Artist’s Statement about the artwork and (2) A printed label. See Artwork Labels at the WWCC website at (http://www.waygay.org).

Inspection:  When the artwork is delivered it will be inspected for its condition and compliance with the exhibition guidelines and the original submission.

The WWCC may refuse works that are damaged, or are poorly constructed or presented (dirty mats, warped surfaces etc.). The following will not be accepted: wet paint, clamp/clip frames, thick bulky decorative frames not represented in the original jpg application submission.

The Artist’s Statement and Artwork Label on the back of the artwork will also be checked. A receipt will be exchanged for the artwork. Please note: If the artwork does not comply with the guidelines, it cannot be accepted.

Retrieval:   All artworks can be collected at WWCC 1315 Spruce St, Philadelphia 19107 on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 or Sunday, October 29th, 2017. Please produce the receipt provided at delivery, or proof of identity (such as a driver’s license) when collecting the artwork. If the artwork is not collected by Monday, October 31st it will be disposed of as the WWCC sees fit unless alternate arrangements have been made and agreed upon in writing to the gallery manager, Candice Thompson, cthompson@waygay.org.

Liability:   Artworks are not insured during the exhibition. The WWCC lobby art gallery is climate controlled and protected by an alarm system. Staff are present in the gallery during the hours of operation. At all times the WWCC takes care to maintain the artworks as they are received and while they are being exhibited. However, in the event of accidental damage, loss, theft or catastrophic building emergency, the WWCC cannot be held responsible for such events. 

Notification:   Acceptance or non-acceptance notifications will be emailed to the artist’s email address provided on the Application Form by August 7th, 2017.

The WWCC reserves the right to reproduce accepted artworks for publicity and documentary archival purposes. All rights to the photographic digital images remain the property of the artist.