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2022 Winning Artists

We want to thank all the artists who participated in this powerful exhibit as well as our fantastic panel of judges.


View all the included art here or at the Gulfport (FL) Public Library from June 1-30, 2022. 

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Best of Show

"Deflation of Flesh" by Bea Hurd

Juror Statement:

"Brilliant, meticulous, reflective, present and conscious! The imperfections are perfect in relationship to the body and the use of red string that courses through each pattern like blood then dangles at the coat’s end as if dripping. It is a poem of sorts rhythmically and reads of death, distress and creativity in ways of sustainablity in shape and form that is imaginative and symbolic in a world ever-vigilant to somehow survive."


- Saudade Toxosi

Juror's Choice: Hunter O'Hanian

"Covid Positive" by April Vendetta

"I loved this piece. It touched many things for me. First, from a technical standpoint, color and composition, pathos and emotion, it is very effective. Bit reminds me of personal black and white photos from the early part of the 20th century, as well as many works by the current (past 30 years) wave of queer photographers. It shows an artists’ home and lived experience, without pretense, excuse or complication.


I also like it because it so deftly fit the scope of the exhibition. It accurately reflects how we all felt during our time in quarantine, wrestling with our new normal. It shows the reality of our collective lived experience during the first part of Covid, through an honest, queer lens."

- Hunter O'Hanian

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Juror's Choice: Saudade Toxosi and Kalki Subramaniam

"People Watched But Could Not See" by Ally Zlatar

“There is nothing more personal than looking inward and battling what one sees externally; especially in a society, culture or community that spends trillions of dollars hiding or maintaining a false sense of beauty and or happiness. This painting speaks with vulnerability towards the availability of healing and surviving a doubled trauma during Covid. The trauma of confinement and memories in which the painter could no longer hide. The colors of pink suggest “girlhood” innocence and becoming one with a flesh floor of bones, missing limbs, and the unknown which is smeared upon an opaque wall or sky. The careful gaze with a slight tilt of the head towards to the viewer implies recognition to “her” questioning and uncertainty even unto the “herself”. The line value and brush strokes are multiplicitous throughout areas of the body in which the painter struggles or has struggled in the past. The allusion of yellow brings a possibility of decay, hope, sunlight or inner sight as the color joins the present hues in the body at its hip, womb and upper regions rendering change.”

- Saudade Toxosi

Honorable Mention

"Virus Touch" by Monica Moreno

"During the early days of the pandemic, as we saw sick people everywhere, we knew it was transmitted by a virus invisible to the human eye. We knew it was in the air we breathed or on our clothes and skin. While we saw images of what the virus looked like under a microscope, it was outside of our visible reach.


Monica Moreno has put an imaginary, delicate and lovely face on the virus with her work by queering what this deadly virus might look like. It is something members of the LGBTQ community have had to do for centuries."

- Hunter O'Hanian

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