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Call for LGBTQIA Latinx Artists in the Greater Boston Area

The Boston LGBTQIA Artists Alliance (BLAA) is excited to collaborate with the Harvard Ed Portal’s Crossings Gallery (HEP), Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA), and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University for BLAA’s fourteenth exhibition. This exhibition will offer a platform of self-expression for LGBTQIA Latinx artists. Marginalized by the dominant culture and often within their own communities, this show celebrates the intersectional identities of these artists, offering a space for empowerment, community, representation and visibility. While submissions of any medium and any topic are welcome, possible themes could include: identity politics, cohesion and community, queer liberation, forms of resistance, citizenship, immigration, - but are not required.

This exhibition is intended to be a show containing several unique, distinctive voices (both conceptually and aesthetically) that also function as part of a larger collective conversation about contemporary intersectionality. Though the work is not required to address any particular theme, it must be submitted by artists who personally identify as both LGBTQIA and Latinx and who live, work, or have a very direct connection to the greater Boston area. Artists in all mediums - including performance - are encouraged to submit.  Artists are also encouraged to propose and create site-specific work responding to either of the two venues hosting the exhibition (please clearly specify your spatial needs on your submission). Work that is not specifically responding to a particular site will be divided between both galleries. We encourage  artists to apply regardless of financial limitations. If your work is selected, we may provide resources and/or technical assistance to help prepare your artwork for installation. There is room in the application to specify any logistical obstacles to showing your work.

ONLINE SUBMISSION PERIOD: October 2nd - November 27th, 2017 at midnight

SHOW RUN DATES: January 11th - February 16th, 2018

LOCATIONS: Harvard Ed Portal & Villa Victoria Center for the Arts

RECEPTIONS: Each venue will host separate openings mid-January, 2018  

DROP OFF DATES IF SELECTED: Delivery of work at HEP January 2nd - 5th

Delivery of work at VVCA January 8th - 12th

Artists selected for the show will be notified by December 8th, 2017. Please note that if selected, you may be responsible for installing your work in some cases, especially if the work has specific technical instructions.  If you need help with this process we will coordinate a volunteer to assist you. Exhibiting artists are encouraged to attend the receptions.


If you need help submitting, please contact amrodriguez.blaa@gmail.com to coordinate assistance with the submission process.

  • The submitted digital images of work will be used for press purposes.  Please format your images as JPEG files no larger than 2000 pixels max width @ 72 DPI. ALL FILES MUST BE NAMED AND NUMBERED  "lastname.firstname_title01"

  • Artists may submit up to 5 images/works for consideration. We suggest submitting wall pieces that are no larger than 48”x48” exceptions may apply; site specific works that respond to the exhibition spaces, time based, performative and experimental medias are welcomed and encouraged.

  • If selected, artists with time-based media may be required to provide their own equipment dependent on specific need. VVCA and HEP will offer assistance to the best of their capacities.

  • Artists submitting video please keep videos to no longer than 2 minutes. You may include a Vimeo or Youtube link in the description section for longer works.


The Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance (BLAA) is a group committed to providing support, resources, and community to Boston-based artists. BLAA’s goal is to provide a platform for LGBTQIA artists to showcase their work; promote public awareness of BLAA’s existence and mission; offer opportunities for artists to network with each other, other arts resources, and with new audiences; and foster dialogue surrounding queerness and art.  We aim to build community and act as a hub, offering support and resources for queer artists within the greater Boston community.

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University works to increase knowledge of the cultures, economies, histories, environment and contemporary affairs of Latin America; to foster cooperation and understanding among the peoples of the Americas; and to contribute to democracy, social progress and sustainable development throughout the hemisphere.

The Harvard Ed Portal (HEP) is a collaborative partnership involving Harvard, the Allston-Brighton community, and the City of Boston. The Ed Portal is the Allston-Brighton community’s front door to Harvard’s educational, arts, wellness, and workforce and economic development programs.

The Crossings Gallery is the Harvard Ed Portal’s street-level art gallery at the intersection of Western Ave. and North Harvard St. in Allston. Our gallery exhibits work from Harvard and Allston-Brighton artists for the community to enjoy. We have a dual mission of artistic and educational excellence and work to create an immersive and thought-provoking space for learning and collaboration. Alongside our exhibitions we offer programming that allows visitors to learn from artists and engage with issues raised by the work on display.

Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion (IBA).  IBA is a dynamic Community Development Corporation   founded in 1968 in the South End of Boston. Through IBA’s Arts Program, IBA promotes and celebrates the diversity of Latin arts and culture through music, visual arts, dance and more. Housed at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, the largest Latin arts center in New England, IBA presents concerts, festivals, exhibits and other high quality programming that is affordable accessible, and innovative.

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