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Announcement: Ace Art Show!

asexualartists:

Hi everyone!

I come to you today with a huge exciting announcement. Next year, April 26th – 27th, I’m co-curating an art show for asexual identifying artists. Next April, there is going to be an international asexual conference in Canada entitled,

“Unthinking Sex,
Imagining Asexuality: Intersectional and Interdisciplinary Perspectives.” As part of the conference, there’s going to be an art show in a gallery featuring the work of asexual-identifying artists. This would be an amazing thing to put on your resume. We’re also going to have a table to display books and zines written by asexual writers.

I am super excited to have been offered this opportunity and I hope that some of  you will consider submitting work. I have interviewed so many talented artists and I’d love to show off your work to the world.

My co-curator, Heather, and I have written up the following call for artists. I’m looking forward to hearing from many of you.


CALL FOR ARTISTS

The inaugural
international conference “Unthinking
Sex, Imagining Asexuality: Intersectional and Interdisciplinary Perspectives”
will be held April 26-27, 2019 at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre
Campus in Vancouver, located on unceded Coast Salish Territory, the traditional
territories of Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. We are
excited to announce an Asexual Art Show to be held in tandem at a local gallery
in Vancouver, and we want your work!

Submissions will be received up to 12:00pm
(Pacific Standard Time) on:
Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Eligibility:

  • To apply to this Call for Artists you must be
    someone who self-identifies as asexual and/or aromantic (including
    gray-asexual, demisexual, or on the ace spectrum).
  • You must be someone who creates art, broadly
    understood (including, but not limited to: painting, digitized art, visual
    poetry, mixed media, photography, drawing, printmaking, etc.).
  • Authors and zine-makers are also welcome to
    submit work (there will be a table to display written works by ace-identifying
    creators).

Details:

  • This exhibition does not charge exhibiting
    artists to display their works.
  • Unfortunately, due to
    the size and nature of our gallery space, we are unable to accept any
    sculptures or installation art. Please only submit 2D, and/or ready wall-mounted
    3D works.

Application:

  • Attach to email no
    more than 5 images of your work (.jpg format- 300 dpi, no more than a total of 5MB).
  • Should you be
    submitting more than one work for consideration, please provide only 2-3 images
    of each work.
  • Proposed artwork must
    include title, material(s), dimensions, and date.
  • Please include a short
    bio (75 words max).
  • Please also include an
    artist statement that provides an introduction to your practice and artworks
    submitted (250 words max).
  • Selected artists are
    responsible for delivery, or shipment (as well as return shipping), of their
    works. Low-income artists, or artists that need financial assistance to
    participate, may be eligible for financial support.
  • Artwork must be ready
    to display (printed, ready-mounted, or framed).

All submissions must
be in pdf format and emailed to aceartshow[at]gmail[dot]com by January 1, 2019 at noon. Artists will
be notified no later than February 15,
2019
if their submission has been accepted for the art show.

Contact:

Should you have any
questions regarding the conference or your application, please direct them to Lauren Jankowski and
Heather Prost at aceartshow[at]gmail[dot]com


I will periodically reblog this to remind artists who follow this site as well as for anyone who may miss it the first time around.

Thanks, everyone!

Interview: Martha J Allard

Today we’re joined by Martha J Allard. Martha is a phenomenal author who writes various kinds of fantasy. She writes both short stories and novels. Her work is mostly dark and contemporary fantasy. Her novel is entitled Black Light and it sounds fascinating. It’s clear she’s a dedicated and passionate writer, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I write fiction, mostly dark and contemporary fantasy. I
write both short stories and novels. My first one of those came out a two years
ago called Black Light. It’s about
rock and roll and finding yourself in what you want.

What inspires you?

I always try to look for the magic hidden in normal life. I
believe it’s always there, but we can’t always see it. I try to put that in my
writing.

What got you interested
in your field?  Have you always wanted to
be an artist?

Yes, I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I grew up with a
book in my hand. I traded Laura Ingles Wilder for Anne of Green Gables, for the
Nine Princes in Amber and on. I loved all those stories and more, but there
were no characters that I could identify with.

I grew up in a small town in Michigan, in the late 70’s. It
was miles and miles away from any queer culture. I didn’t know it existed, much
less that I could be a part of it.

One night I waited until my parents were asleep and snuck
back downstairs to the TV to watch videos. This was pre-MTV. They played a
video by David Bowie called I Am A DJ. I was riveted, never having seen him
before. In the video, a man comes up to Bowie on the street to kiss him. This
opened my small-town brain up to the possibilities that lay beyond my tiny
borders. Somehow those possibilities got my pen moving.  

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

Well, yes. Or I think of them as Easter eggs, really.
Because of my connection to Bowie, I always put something of him in my work.
Sometimes it’s small, something nobody but me will notice, and sometimes it’s
bigger, for example the entire plot of Black Light started out with one of his
songs.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Don’t write what you know. Write what you want to discover.
Write the things that scare you and let your words be wild.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I came to asexuality late in life. In the past I’ve also
identified as Bi and Lesbian. I feel that I can only speak for right now, and
right now I feel Panromantic.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I write queer fiction, and so I rub shoulders with other
queer writers. When I first came out as Ace, some of them advised against it. I
was surprised, because I had already identified as queer, and had for years.
I’ve found that some people think of Asexual as “damaged,” and I didn’t want to
be thought of like that, did I?

No. I didn’t. So when I came out to people, I armed myself
with explanations, reasons for my sexuality. But finally, I stopped myself. Now
I deal with push back by not apologizing, but it took a while.  

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

As I mentioned above, it’s that somehow, I became asexual
because of damaged I’ve suffered.  Also
that I’m wasting myself? That one always makes me laugh. It feels just the
opposite to me.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

I would say, it’s a journey, not a destination. For me, each
day is different, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot, and as David Bowie
famously said once, “All I can tell you is what I feel right now.”

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

My website: https://www.marthajallard.com/
My Facebook page: marthajallard
Amazon link to Black Light: http://a.co/d/bT1PCsp

Thank you, Martha, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: CHM

Today we’re joined by CHM. CHM is a wonderful versatile writer. She has written in a few genres and styles. She mostly writes fantasy and historical fiction. When she’s not writing original work, CHM also dabbles in fanfiction. It’s clear she’s a dedicated writer, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

My art is mostly creative writing. I mostly write fantasy
and historical fiction, as well as fanfiction.

What inspires you?

A number of things, but mostly music, and my own personal
experiences.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

I used to read a lot, and that slowly got me into writing my
own stories. I also tend to daydream, and story ideas seem to spawn from
daydreams.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

I really like ending books with the title when possible.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Don’t apologize for your work when presenting it. Stop
yourself from saying things like “Sorry in advance” or “This is terrible, but”
because it’s not. It’s the best you can do at that moment, and putting yourself
down doesn’t help you improve.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I’m an AroAce lesbian. Oriented AroAces feel other types of
attraction strong enough to warrant their own labels in their identities. The
ones I feel are sensual and alterous attraction.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Never in my field, but in my personal life, I have. I
usually deal with it using calm explanations.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That we all hate sex, or that we just need to wait a while
for sexual attraction to happen.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

No matter what you hear, no matter who says it to you, your
identity is real, and you have a strong community backing you up. It doesn’t
matter what someone else says about your identity, all that matters is the way
the words you use to describe yourself make you feel.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

I post all my fanfiction on my Quotev account! At LOZelfafan

Thank you, CHM, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Matthew Maione

Today we’re joined by Matthew Maione. Matthew is a phenomenal visual artist who also writes and creates fanart. He enjoys drawing faces and also does quite a lot of fanart. When he’s not creating visual art, Matthew enjoys writing and writes both fanfiction and original work. He’s particularly fond of historical fiction and crime suspense. It’s clear he’s an incredibly dedicated artist who loves to create as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I am a
virtual artist and creative writer. I enjoy drawing faces and fanart.  I like playing with colour and texture a lot.
I write almost entirely fanfiction and fiction. Historical fiction and Crime
Suspense novels are some of my favourite to write.

What inspires you?

Music is a
huge inspiration in my life, it can get me in certain moods that are perfect
for writing. My fiancé often inspires me with the little things she does,
dances around the house that make me want to write romance. Nature gives me a
breath of life, revitalizes me and makes me want to draw.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

It was
actually my older sister, she is a cosplay and traditional artist. She is 5
years older than me and I, being a younger sibling, was jealous and decided I
needed to be better than her. Now I do it because I love it, of course.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol,
or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I used to
but since I lost most of my sight I’ve just been trying to re-explore what my
art is. Playing with styles and shading to recreate it so I can still actually
create, I used to sign my older works.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Don’t give
up! Make your weaknesses your strengths! There is no reason why you can’t
pursue art if it’s what you love. Always do what makes you happiest, not what
others want you to do.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify
as Grey-ace. I don’t really experience sexual attraction, but if I have a
strong romantic connection with someone I am able to connect with them in that
way as well. But it’s more of a, I do it because I love them and want to make
them happy. Not to say that is the only way to do so, there are many ways to
connect with your partners and sex is never a mandatory part of a relationship,
but it can enhance your romantic connection. Simply put, while I don’t
experience sexual attraction, for me, being intimate occasionally makes me feel
emotionally closer.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance
in your field?  If so, how do you handle
it?

I haven’t
really in my field. It’s not something that just casually comes up in
conversation but those I have told have all been very understanding. A few
people I told were even comfortable enough with me after the fact that they
were able to come out to me as well. In my daily life a few people have said
that it’s because I hadn’t met the right person, or claimed they could fix me,
very common things to run into. I mostly just ignore this and do my best to
stay safe.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that
you’ve encountered?

That I’ll
never be able to have a permanent partner or that it’s a phase. I have a fiancé
who has no problems with it, we have been together for two years. She is always
very understanding if I’m having a repulsed day, because there are good and bad
days. Some days I’m totally okay with the idea of sex and others I can’t stand
to watch movies with implied scenes in them. But if you’re worried about
finding someone who will love you, of course you will. There’s somebody for
everyone.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out
there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Being
asexual, while it is a way to identify, does not define you. If the thought of
it is new or uncomfortable, it’s just another part of wat makes you, you. It’s
not something to be ashamed of or hide, there are so many people out there who
will accept you for exactly who you are.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

My Tumblr
is Naoki-arts, I have AO3, Ammarettu. I’m currently working on getting my first novel published
so any news on that will be found there as well!

Thank you, Matthew, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Announcement: Ace Art Show!

asexualartists:

Hi everyone!

I come to you today with a huge exciting announcement. Next year, April 26th – 27th, I’m co-curating an art show for asexual identifying artists. Next April, there is going to be an international asexual conference in Canada entitled,

“Unthinking Sex,
Imagining Asexuality: Intersectional and Interdisciplinary Perspectives.” As part of the conference, there’s going to be an art show in a gallery featuring the work of asexual-identifying artists. This would be an amazing thing to put on your resume. We’re also going to have a table to display books and zines written by asexual writers.

I am super excited to have been offered this opportunity and I hope that some of  you will consider submitting work. I have interviewed so many talented artists and I’d love to show off your work to the world.

My co-curator, Heather, and I have written up the following call for artists. I’m looking forward to hearing from many of you.


CALL FOR ARTISTS

The inaugural
international conference “Unthinking
Sex, Imagining Asexuality: Intersectional and Interdisciplinary Perspectives”
will be held April 26-27, 2019 at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre
Campus in Vancouver, located on unceded Coast Salish Territory, the traditional
territories of Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. We are
excited to announce an Asexual Art Show to be held in tandem at a local gallery
in Vancouver, and we want your work!

Submissions will be received up to 12:00pm
(Pacific Standard Time) on:
Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Eligibility:

  • To apply to this Call for Artists you must be
    someone who self-identifies as asexual and/or aromantic (including
    gray-asexual, demisexual, or on the ace spectrum).
  • You must be someone who creates art, broadly
    understood (including, but not limited to: painting, digitized art, visual
    poetry, mixed media, photography, drawing, printmaking, etc.).
  • Authors and zine-makers are also welcome to
    submit work (there will be a table to display written works by ace-identifying
    creators).

Details:

  • This exhibition does not charge exhibiting
    artists to display their works.
  • Unfortunately, due to
    the size and nature of our gallery space, we are unable to accept any
    sculptures or installation art. Please only submit 2D, and/or ready wall-mounted
    3D works.

Application:

  • Attach to email no
    more than 5 images of your work (.jpg format- 300 dpi, no more than a total of 5MB).
  • Should you be
    submitting more than one work for consideration, please provide only 2-3 images
    of each work.
  • Proposed artwork must
    include title, material(s), dimensions, and date.
  • Please include a short
    bio (75 words max).
  • Please also include an
    artist statement that provides an introduction to your practice and artworks
    submitted (250 words max).
  • Selected artists are
    responsible for delivery, or shipment (as well as return shipping), of their
    works. Low-income artists, or artists that need financial assistance to
    participate, may be eligible for financial support.
  • Artwork must be ready
    to display (printed, ready-mounted, or framed).

All submissions must
be in pdf format and emailed to aceartshow[at]gmail[dot]com by January 1, 2019 at noon. Artists will
be notified no later than February 15,
2019
if their submission has been accepted for the art show.

Contact:

Should you have any
questions regarding the conference or your application, please direct them to Lauren Jankowski and
Heather Prost at aceartshow[at]gmail[dot]com


I will periodically reblog this to remind artists who follow this site as well as for anyone who may miss it the first time around.

Thanks, everyone!

Interview: Maeve Forde

Today we’re joined by Maeve Forde. Maeve is a phenomenal actress and writer. Her main passion is acting and she acts in sketch comedy, plays, short films, and television. Recently she has written and acted in a webseries entitled, “Suddenly Super?” which is now available on YouTube. When she’s not acting, Maeve enjoys writing and currently has a novel in the works. It’s clear she’s a dedicated and passionate artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I’m an actor and a writer.
I list actor first, because that’s my primary job right now (even though
I’m still starting out and I have other jobs to pay the bills) but I’m also a
writer.  I’ll write just about anything –
I’ve got a novel in the works, I’ve written a web series that is out now on
YouTube, I’ve written fanfiction for years.
I’ll act in just about anything too – so far I’ve done sketch comedy,
plays, web series, short films, and television.

What inspires you?

A lot of times when I start to write, I have a specific
scene, line, or emotion in mind that I’ll come up with that I really want to
nail, so I’ll fill in everything else around that.  Ultimately, the scenes and lines come from an
emotional basis anyway for the characters, so I’m inspired by the idea that I
can make these characters feel something and make it honest and earned.  I know that art can have an impact so I use
my writing a lot to explore different emotions and different power dynamics,
but I always want to make sure that it all makes sense and doesn’t feel forced
or like I’m trying to force an audience to feel something that’s not there.

I have a similar approach to acting.  I’m inspired by what’s in the script
primarily, but while taking into account that emotional impact.  So, I guess I’m inspired by that impact; I’m
inspired by the idea that when someone is taking in the art I’ve made, I’m
trying to make sure they get something out of it, so my job is to ensure they
do.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you always
wanted to be an artist?

I’ve been writing creatively for pretty much as long as I
could write at all.  I remember being in
grade school and having like special notebooks to write stories in when we had
downtime in class. I always dreamed of being a published author.  I wrote a lot of original stuff until high
school, when I wrote almost exclusively fanfiction.  I’m 22 now, and in the past three or four
years or so I’ve been getting back into writing original stories in various
forms.  

I acted in school plays growing up, but it wasn’t something
I wanted to do until high school.  High
school was when I started getting really into fandom and writing fanfiction and
I started getting connected to characters rather than to stories, because it
was individual characters that brought me into fandom rather than overarching
plots and mythologies.  And since I got
so into characters and how they interacted, it got into my head that I could
play characters one day, and that’s how I got serious about acting.  I didn’t really tell anyone for a while that
I was interested in acting seriously but I’d act out the stories I wrote, and
then once I got to college (to study History) I took acting more seriously and
auditioned for student projects there.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

I have a rule for myself now that I always include queer
characters and that none of them die.
It’s not really a signature and it’s not something I can really control
when I’m acting in someone else’s piece, but for my own writing, it’s a
definite rule.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

It is okay to take time to figure out what you want!  And it is okay to want multiple things!  I studied history in college and right out of
school, I had a job in a history museum because that was a dream of mine, too.  There’s this myth that in order to be a ~real
artist~ you have to go for it entirely.
There’s this romanticized idea especially regarding actors but really in
probably every facet of artistry, that says you shouldn’t have a safety net and
that romanticizes the idea of being on your last few dollars but being so
committed to ~the art~.  There is nothing
wrong with doing it halfway until you can do it fully.  There’s nothing wrong with doing it halfway,
or 70% of the way, or 12% of the way, or whatever if that’s what you want.  Whether you act professionally or you act
once a year in your local community theater, you’re still an actor.

You can have a day job in an office or a restaurant or a
library or whatever and still be an artist.
Your level of commitment is up to you, and no part of it needs to be
performative.  If you’re comfortable
going all in, good for you!  Do it!  If you aren’t, you don’t have to!  You don’t have to be one thing, you don’t
have to struggle and suffer for your art if it can be avoided, and you can
change your mind about all of that at any time.
Commitment is good, but it’s also flexible.  Let it bend so it doesn’t break.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as asexual panromantic.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

To be honest, I’m pretty closeted professionally, especially
in acting circles.  I’ve yet to do
anything that required any sex scenes or anything like that, though I am
generally open to it.  Right now, I feel
like as an actor starting out, it’s in my best interest to keep it quiet.  Even in roles that don’t include sex scenes,
there is still a lot of expectation on female characters, and in turn their
actors, to be seen as sexual beings.  We
still see actors struggle to get work after coming out as gay, so there’s still
an atmosphere, especially among actors starting out, to keep it quiet, because
no matter how good our acting may be, there are still people who, when they
know we are out and see our work, will still refuse to see our character as
anything other than what we are out as.
I’ve had conversations along those lines with people in and out of the
industry, who just love to mention that when an actor is out, they “just can’t
see their character as straight.”  Bonus
points if the actor comes out while their tv show/movie series is still in
progress, and the person just outright adds an “anymore” to the end.  There’s a definite, accepted attitude that
queer actors don’t need to be believed when they play straight and that it’s
a-okay to just admit that.  There are
pretty famous actors who are out as ace like Janeane Garofalo and other famous
people who are out and it doesn’t seem to have affected their work, but many
came out after they were already solidly in their field.  So, I think I have a ways to go until I can
be more comfortably openly out, though I am out with one actor I worked with on
a play.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That something can ~turn~ us at some point.  I’m open about my asexuality with romantic
partners pretty much from the start, especially on dating apps.  I’ve had quite a few encounters on apps along
the lines of “well you haven’t found the right person.”

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

I would tell that it whatever they are feeling is okay.  It’s tough to find a label that fits, it’s
tough to accept that orientations are on a spectrum and they may move around on
that spectrum or they may not, it’s tough to know that there are people who
won’t understand and won’t bother to try.
But the most important thing is that you feel what you feel. You can’t
run from what you feel, and what you feel is okay.  It’s good.
I live in the US, so I know the culture around sex here can be really,
really tricky to navigate but it is easier when you know where you’re
going.  There are a lot of great
resources to make you feel more comfortable in the ace community; I know that
when I first figured out I was ace I panicked but then I looked around on the
internet and found a whole community of people like me.  It helped to see people of all ages, of all
backgrounds so comfortable with who they were.
So, if you’re struggling, reach out.
You don’t even need to talk to anyone; just seeing someone be
comfortable in their skin to can be enough to make everyone else a little more
comfortable.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

My Instagram is at maeve.forde and my web series
“Suddenly Super?” is on YouTube now at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL-prcEKVIVCY5Zoz3rXDCQ.

Thank you, Maeve, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Announcement: Ace Art Show!

Hi everyone!

I come to you today with a huge exciting announcement. Next year, April 26th – 27th, I’m co-curating an art show for asexual identifying artists. Next April, there is going to be an international asexual conference in Canada entitled,

“Unthinking Sex,
Imagining Asexuality: Intersectional and Interdisciplinary Perspectives.” As part of the conference, there’s going to be an art show in a gallery featuring the work of asexual-identifying artists. This would be an amazing thing to put on your resume. We’re also going to have a table to display books and zines written by asexual writers.

I am super excited to have been offered this opportunity and I hope that some of  you will consider submitting work. I have interviewed so many talented artists and I’d love to show off your work to the world.

My co-curator, Heather, and I have written up the following call for artists. I’m looking forward to hearing from many of you.


CALL FOR ARTISTS

The inaugural
international conference “Unthinking
Sex, Imagining Asexuality: Intersectional and Interdisciplinary Perspectives”
will be held April 26-27, 2019 at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre
Campus in Vancouver, located on unceded Coast Salish Territory, the traditional
territories of Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. We are
excited to announce an Asexual Art Show to be held in tandem at a local gallery
in Vancouver, and we want your work!

Submissions will be received up to 12:00pm
(Pacific Standard Time) on:
Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Eligibility:

  • To apply to this Call for Artists you must be
    someone who self-identifies as asexual and/or aromantic (including
    gray-asexual, demisexual, or on the ace spectrum).
  • You must be someone who creates art, broadly
    understood (including, but not limited to: painting, digitized art, visual
    poetry, mixed media, photography, drawing, printmaking, etc.).
  • Authors and zine-makers are also welcome to
    submit work (there will be a table to display written works by ace-identifying
    creators).

Details:

  • This exhibition does not charge exhibiting
    artists to display their works.
  • Unfortunately, due to
    the size and nature of our gallery space, we are unable to accept any
    sculptures or installation art. Please only submit 2D, and/or ready wall-mounted
    3D works.

Application:

  • Attach to email no
    more than 5 images of your work (.jpg format- 300 dpi, no more than a total of 5MB).
  • Should you be
    submitting more than one work for consideration, please provide only 2-3 images
    of each work.
  • Proposed artwork must
    include title, material(s), dimensions, and date.
  • Please include a short
    bio (75 words max).
  • Please also include an
    artist statement that provides an introduction to your practice and artworks
    submitted (250 words max).
  • Selected artists are
    responsible for delivery, or shipment (as well as return shipping), of their
    works. Low-income artists, or artists that need financial assistance to
    participate, may be eligible for financial support.
  • Artwork must be ready
    to display (printed, ready-mounted, or framed).

All submissions must
be in pdf format and emailed to aceartshow[at]gmail[dot]com by January 1, 2019 at noon. Artists will
be notified no later than February 15,
2019
if their submission has been accepted for the art show.

Contact:

Should you have any
questions regarding the conference or your application, please direct them to Lauren Jankowski and
Heather Prost at aceartshow[at]gmail[dot]com


I will periodically reblog this to remind artists who follow this site as well as for anyone who may miss it the first time around.

Thanks, everyone!

Interview: Elizabeth Wambheim

Today we’re joined by Elizabeth Wambheim. Elizabeth is a phenomenal author who writes novels, novellas, and short stories. All her work features ace protagonists (how awesome is that!?) and it mostly falls in the fantasy genre. She has already written an ace retelling of Beauty and the Beast. She has also written a novel about the relationship between a male shepherd and a Viking woman. It’s clear she’s an incredibly passionate and creative individual who loves what she does, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I am the author of a small (so far!) body
of published works that feature asexual protagonists and asexual relationships.
My biggest work so far has been a novel titled More Than Enough which is
a gay/ace retelling of Beauty and the Beast. My first piece was a
novella titled Wolves in the Fold about a male shepherd and a female
Viking navigating a relationship as well as language barriers. I love writing
fantasy; reworking fairy tales; and establishing soft, supportive relationships
between characters.

What inspires you?

Just about everything! Books, movies,
television shows, video games, and even music can be a source of inspiration.
If something catches at my attention, I file it away for use somewhere. My
first story in high school had an ensemble casts because I loved the
friendship/team dynamics between the four to eight main characters in the Tales
series of video games.

Real-world relationships are also
inspiring; if I notice an interesting dynamic between two people (be they
friends, family, or coworkers), I’ll make a mental note of it and it might wind
up as the building block of a fictional relationship. I also make use of
personal experiences: I like to be able to step inside my characters and
describe the way their emotions affect them physically. The easiest way for me
to do that is to write from a place of understanding—where do my experiences
overlap with this character’s? If I haven’t gone through exactly what they
have, what comes close? What did it feel like to be there? After really good
days and really bad days, I take a lot of notes about what happened and how I
felt.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve been writing since elementary school,
but it was mostly something I did for fun. I took Creative Writing classes all
through high school and majored in English in college. After I graduated, I
realized there weren’t many fictional partnerships that reflected my
preferences or my experiences. I found the undercurrent of sexual tension
between would-be romantic partners to be alienating and sometimes
uncomfortable. So I started writing the stories I wanted to read.

While my writing is not what I want to depend
on for a living, it is a vital part of my life. I love the puzzle of crafting a
story from scraps of lived experience and fictional inspirations. Writing also
helps me validate who I am and how I feel; it’s a privilege to know that my
stories help other people, too.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

I love mythological and literary
symbolism, so there are almost always elements of that in my stories, such as a
scar used as a symbol of a character’s triumph over adversity or an oblique
reference to the “eating of the pomegranate seeds” in the Hades/Persephone
myth.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

You’re the only person in the world uniquely
positioned to produce the work that 100% appeals to you in form and content.
Work on what makes you happy.

Conversely, if you don’t enjoy what you’re
doing or you find that you’re bored with the piece, then take a break and
don’t feel bad about taking a break.
You’re a human being, not a machine!
Treat yourself kindly and you’ll come back to the work when you’re ready.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Asexual and sex-repulsed as hell. I’ll say
that I’m biromantic, but my take on romantic love is best described by that
Pepe Silvia screenshot from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I’ve worked in public libraries for the
last three years, and I haven’t experienced any prejudice from any of my
coworkers, thankfully! But I’m also not really open at work (either about being
ace or about being bi), so that might be part of it.

The only issue I’ve had has been that I
have a really hard time shelving titles in the romance section. The covers make
me kind of queasy (no one on them is wearing nearly enough clothes), so I just
avoid working in that section as much as possible.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

On a general level: it’s a phase and
something we’ll grow out of, or that there’s something inherently childish
about it as an orientation.

On a personal level: being asexual means
that I’m inherently not interested in (or incapable of having) a committed
partnership with another person.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

Where you are and how you’re feeling is
okay! Give yourself space to figure out how who you are and how you feel. Don’t
let anyone convince you that your truth isn’t a valid truth.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

https://ewambheim.wordpress.com/ is the hub for my published work. I have
one short story there that you can read for free as a PDF, and it also includes
links to the Amazon pages for Wolves in the Fold and More Than Enough.

https://ajumbleofpages.tumblr.com/ is the Tumblr I use for sharing writing
updates.

Please also check
out the Goodreads page for More Than Enough: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36327532-more-than-enough

Folx have left some very kind and
heartfelt reviews there and on its Amazon page!

Thank you, Elizabeth, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Leah

Today we’re joined by Leah. Leah is a wonderful and talented artist who does a bit of everything. She does visual art and works with a variety of mediums. When she’s not doing visual art, she also plays a number of musical instruments. The main instrument she plays is the clarinet and she’s started learning the mandolin. As if that weren’t impressive enough, she also writes poetry. It’s clear Leah is a dedicated and enthusiastic artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I
am a visual artist, as well as a musician and a poet. For my visual art I tend
to work with whatever medium seems to fit my topic the best, and I enjoy
creating things intuitively. Music wise, my main instrument is the clarinet,
but I also know how to play the piano, flute, tenor saxophone, and ukulele, and
I am learning the mandolin. My poetry is more random and for myself. I like
writing whatever comes to mind and using poetry as a way to funnel my emotions.

What inspires you?

What
inspires me is nature and other works of art. A lot of times I’ll see something
in nature and my first thought is “I’d love to paint that” so I like doing a
lot of nature based pieces. The work of other artists is also inspiring to me
because it gives me the inspiration to work more on honing my own craft so I
can someday reach the level of skill and expertise I see in the works of
others. Musically I am inspired by my friends who are also musicians. Watching
them and their love of music, and passion for their instruments inspires me to
spend more time with my own instrument.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

What
got me interested in my field was probably my grandmother. She was an
elementary school art teacher, so when I was little she always did lots of
crafts and art projects with me. She would also take me to art museums and show
me famous works of art which really helped me fall in love with art. When I was
little I really wanted to be an artist, but then I got older and realized I was
not good enough to be able to make a living off of my artwork, and I’m always
too attached to my pieces to give them away to someone else. Now I want to be an
art teacher, so hopefully that’s where my life will take me. My mom was the one
who helped encourage my interest in music. She played the clarinet in middle
school and high school, which is what inspired me to play the clarinet. And she
has always supported me and my musical talents.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

I
don’t think I really have a specific thing included in all my works. Because I
love exploring different mediums, I don’t really have something specific that’s
included in all my works.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Keep
practicing your art. The more you do it, the better at it you’ll become. It’s
okay if art is just something you do for fun, you need things to enjoy in life
so don’t worry about trying to make a career out of your art if you don’t want
to. If you do want to make a career out of your art, I know you might hit some
low points, but don’t give up and keep creating things, inspiration will come
and you will be successful.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I
identify as a panromantic asexual.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I
haven’t really encountered much prejudice or ignorance in my field just because
that’s not really anything that’s come up yet, but I’ve experienced plenty of
it in general everyday life. Mostly I handle it by either ignoring it, or
trying to explain my sexuality, it depends on the situation.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

The
most common misconception I’ve heard is that we’re emotionless, or that we just
don’t feel anything.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

Don’t
worry about feeling out of place or broken. I thought for the longest time that
I was perfectly normal and that there was no way the rest of the world just
thought about sex all the time, and that’s still a really strange concept to
me. If you’re struggling to figure out your sexuality, don’t discredit that you
might be ace, because there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being ace and there
are people who will have no problem accepting you for who you are.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

I
don’t really have a specific place where I post all my work, but I will
sometimes sporadically post on my Instagram at hpandthegobletofsass or on my Tumblr at wxtchmxbxrn.tumblr.com or if you want to find any of my Harry Potter fanart
whenever I feel like getting around to it you can find it at hpandthegobletofsass.tumblr.com.

Thank you, Leah, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Schi-Lee A. Smith

Today we’re joined by Schi-Lee A. Smith. Schi-Lee is a phenomenal artist who is incredibly versatile. She does a lot of visual art and even teaches painting classes. When she’s not doing visual art, Schi-Lee enjoys writing and writes both original work and fanfiction. Schi-Lee also has a passion for singing and even has some karaoke fans. It’s clear she’s a dedicated artist with an impressive amount of passion, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

Well, I paint quite often, I actually teach painting classes
sometimes.  I sing, a lot; I have some
fans at karaoke.  I draw with pen or
pencil, too, and I write, both fanfiction and original works.  My writing is usually like what I read,
sci-fi ish, and I pride myself on making realistic dialogue.  I like to paint and draw realistically,
haven’t quite gotten abstract down.  My
singing can be just about anything, I can sing Creep by Postmodern Jukebox and
Highway to Hell just as easily.

What inspires you?

When I was a child, it was my Dad.  I still have his drawings and poems around my
house, and when I was very young, he would record us singing on a giant
cassette tape recorder thing and let me do skits in between songs.  He was very artistic, and just about all my
artistic tendencies stem from him.  Now,
it’s still that in a way, but also I just want to see the beauty in the world,
and add to it if I can.  Lots of people
love hearing me sing, and love my writing, and love my artwork.  If I can make someone else happy, then I’ve
succeeded.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

Technically my field is Biology, that’s what I’m majoring in
in University, but I’ll always consider myself a musician, artist, and
writer.  My Dad never put me down for any
art I did, so I was never afraid to get into something I wanted to do, and it’s
always been with me since childhood so even if I never get any recognition for
any of it, I’ll always be an artist.
Therefore it’s not as much something I want to do, as something I’m
doing, even if I stay obscure.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

I do, actually.  My
Dad’s signature was a heart with ‘LAB’, his initials, in the center, all
interconnected, it’s really neat.  I made
one for myself when my initials were still SAB, but it looked really weird, so when I got married, I
changed it to a kind of horns, or something, to match SAS.  It’s hard to draw with a mouse, but it’s
basically this.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Don’t worry about what others say is art, art is what you
want it to be.  I have friend who play
metal that people say isn’t music, but it is to them, and it makes them
happy.  Draw/sing/write/do whatever to
make you happy, or to get it out of your head, don’t do it for others.  

And don’t be put down if it sucks at first, most everyone’s
first drawing of a person is a stick figure, just practice, and practice a lot.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as a biromantic asexual.  I suppose if one goes for this part, I’m
sex-positive.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I have encountered some people that didn’t really know what
it was, but my friends were very supportive and defended me before I
could.  I have awesome friends.  Thankfully I have yet to encounter any
prejudice or ignorance that scared me like I know plenty have, so I thank God
every day for where I am in life.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That we hate sex, or we never have sex.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

You aren’t alone, that feeling that you don’t understand
what all the fuss is about?  Other people
feel it.  It’s not weird to think that a
‘hot’ person isn’t hot, according to your body.
You don’t have to pretend.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

Well, I have a YouTube channel, youtube.com/schihigh, where
I’m attempting to post my singing and music videos I make on.  I also have a Tumblr and a specific tag with
my art on it.  You can just search
‘schi’s art’ on schi-walker-locked.tumblr.com.  If someone were to want commissions, they
could message me on Tumblr, or email me at schihigh@yahoo.com.  Just put commission in the subject.

Thank you, Schi-Lee, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.