Queer Ancestors

 The Queer Ancestors Project is devoted to forging sturdy relationships between LGBTQI people and our ancestors. Using history as a linchpin, we build community by offering Queer and Trans artists, age 18 to 26, free interdisciplinary workshops in printmaking, writing, and Queer history. Public exhibitions and readings of their work provide a window on the past through which the larger community can glimpse our collective future.

Alan Guttirez, Bayard Rustin

Alan Guttirez, Bayard Rustin

Eva Ovale, Jose Sarria

Eva Ovale, Jose Sarria

Anna Robinson Zora Neale Hurston

Anna Robinson, Zora Neale Hurston

The LGBTQI community has a limited visual record, or none at all, of significant Queer events before the 1970s, particularly in the histories of Queers of color and transgender people.  This lack of imagery makes it harder for LGBTQI people to connect with, learn from, and be inspired by our history. Just as photographs from your early life help to anchor personal memories, a visual record – even an imagined one – can bring historical events to life, creating the kind of indelible connection that enables us to engage deeply with our ancestors.


The Queer Ancestors Project: Prints by Queer and Trans Emerging Artists

Honoring Anarchists & Arsonists, Abolitionists & Border Crossers,

Abandoned Relics, Dissident Divas,Divine Intervention, & Hope 

Corey Brown, Joan Chen, daveron, Zerena Diaz, Alan Guttirez, Holly McHugh, madhvi trivedi-pathak, Amari Robinson, and Weyam, with artistic director Katie Gilmartin

Saturday, June 3, 2017

12-1 Artist Panel & First Dibs Print Sale!

1-4 Artist Reception & Print Sale

SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street, SF


The next free Queer Ancestors Project Workshop will happen in Fall of 2017.  Download details and the application Here

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This activity is generously supported by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, as well as The San Francisco Arts Commission, SOMArts, The San Francisco LGBT Center, The Queer Cultural Center, Chrysalis Studio, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, The Rainbow Grocery Foundation, and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. 

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