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ArtOUT 2023: Emergence

June 1 - 30, 2023
an international juried art show

Sponsored by the LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport (FL) Library

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Exhibition dates: June 1 – 30, 2023


Locations: The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art in St. Petersburg, Florida and the Gulfport (FL) Public Library


Submissions Open: March 16, 2023

Submission Deadline: April 17, 2023



The ArtOUT 2023 international juried art show seeks creative expressions of the experiences, representations, identities, and/or politics of LGBTQ+ people. This year’s theme is Emergence, in the myriad ways it takes place. The definition below may serve as a starting point. 



noun: emergence

  • 1. the process of coming into view or becoming exposed after being concealed.

  • 2. the process of coming into being, or of becoming important or prominent.

Source: Oxford Languages

All submissions must be the original work of the artist. Artists must submit a brief bio and a statement to accompany their submission explaining how their work reflects the theme, Emergence. Biographies and statements will be published alongside artworks selected for the exhibition. 

The exhibition will be virtual as well as in-person. We welcome artistic submissions including, but not limited to, paintings, drawings, mixed media, 2D and 3D art pieces, photography, digital art, video/recorded performance art, music submissions, etc. While ArtOUT aims to receive a diverse range of interpretations on this year’s theme, sexually explicit content is prohibited. ArtOUT reserves the right to accept or reject all submissions.  Artists must submit their pieces by April 17, 2023. 

Artists must agree to waive liability for damage to or loss of the artwork during the exhibition. Any sales of art in the exhibition must be conducted directly between the artist and buyer; the LGBTQ Resource Center and the Gulfport Public Library may not act as intermediaries. Funding is NOT available for shipping of pieces, however, artwork that is not on-site may be selected to be part of the virtual exhibition.

*Our website is currently under construction*

 The 2023 Virtual Exhibit will launch June 1, 2023

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Virtual Gallery

Entries from the 2022 show

The LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport (FL) Library is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that is committed to promoting awareness of the diversity of experiences, contributions, and needs of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer. It is the only center of its kind in a public library in Florida, growing from 250 books in 2014 to more than 10,000 books, CDs, DVDs, and online materials today. In addition to ArtOut, the LGBTQ Resource Center sponsors a ReadOut Festival of Lesbian Literature each February, a quarterly newsletter (ShoutOut), an annual scholarship (BranchOut), and other programming. Our work has been recognized by the American Library Association and the Institute for Museum and Library Service. Membership is open to all. Learn more at:

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