Iridian Gallery call for exhibit proposals

IG Call for Proposals 2022

The Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond is now accepting proposals for work in all media for our 2023 exhibition calendar. As the only LGBTQ gallery in the south and one of the few in the nation we strive to serve the queer community and amplify the voices of its artists. While preference will be given to LGBTQ+ artists, work by allies that speak to the experiences of our community will also be considered. Iridian is especially dedicated to presenting work by artists who intersectionally identify with other underrepresented groups. We encourage artists of diverse races, nationalities, ethnicities, beliefs, genders, ages, and abilities to apply.

You may apply for a solo show, with a group of artists, or propose an exhibition that you would like to curate. We may also choose to group selected artists when deemed appropriate. Evaluation of proposals and curatorial decisions will be made by representatives of the Iridian Gallery committee made up of local artists, arts educators and leaders, and community members.

Our proposal deadline for Calendar Year 2023 is October 15, 2022. Any proposals received after that date will be considered for the 2024 Calendar Year. The exhibition committee may choose to meet at other times to review applications as needs arise. After proposals are reviewed all entrants, chosen or not, will be contacted.

Please send all proposals and questions by email to:


Submission Guidelines:

The Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond is committed to fostering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+ artists and their community by exhibiting their art as well as work that relates to their experience.

Format Requirements:

All proposals will be submitted by email only and must be in the formats described below.

  1. 1. Include up to 10 images of your best work. The submission should ideally include images of work you would include in your exhibition. If this is not possible, the images should represent works that are comparable to those that will be featured in the exhibition.

These images should be JPGS no larger than 1024 x 768, 72dpi, preferably under 1MB.

They MUST be named in this format:




  1. 2. If applicable, send videos of specific works which will be included in the exhibition. Videos should be shared via web link, Dropbox or other ftp service. Please do not email videos.
  1. 3. Prepare a one-page statement describing the concept of the exhibition. The file should be a PDF, RTF, or Word document.
  1. 4. Supply an image list providing an inventory of the images submitted. Include number, artist name, title, year, medium, and dimensions. This must be a PDF, RTF, or Word document.
  1. 5. Your resume and the resumes of any prospective collaborators.

Proposals that are incomplete or fail to meet the above requirements may not be reviewed by the jury.

After the October 15, 2022 deadline, Iridian Gallery continues to have an open submission policy for art exhibitions. We accept proposals via email at all times.


“A Long Time” and “A Wolf in Sheep’s Skin” Aug 12 - Oct 8

Opening Reception August 12th 7-9pm

The Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond is excited to present two new exhibitions opening August 12, 2022. “A Wolf in Sheep’s Skin” by Richmond sculptor William Lenard and “A Long Time” by jewelers Andy Lowrie and Robert Thomas Mullen will run concurrently through October 8. Our opening reception is August 12 from 7-9pm with light refreshments and a cash bar. Iridian Gallery’s hours of operation are Mon-Sun 9am-5pm with entrance through Diversity Thrift if gallery doors are not open. Throughout the ongoing pandemics, the use of face masks is strongly encouraged. 

A Long Time postcard

Andy Lowrie (AUS), and Robert Thomas Mullen (US) are two queer art jewelers connected by the experience of working for the same artist at different times in Estonia. Since making this connection, they have discovered a shared creative interest in the evidence of life in the materials around us, which as jewelers, they harness in objects made for wearing. For Iridian Gallery, Lowrie and Mullen have created a two-person exhibition of art jewelry called “A Long Time”. This show is  an exploration of time, material and change, realised in objects of adornment using natural and human-manipulated materials and processes.

A Wolf In Sheeps Skin

William Lenard is a sculptor originally from New England. Lenard explores their identity as a queer person and their familial connection to natural landscapes while breaking down the institutionalized connotations of brutalist architecture. They turn towards styles such as minimalism and brutalism to explore their idea of masculinity. As a queer person working with similar forms, they question what contributes as masculine art. Lenard primarily uses concrete and hardwood to materially bridge the unnatural with the natural. Concrete connects their interest with brutalism while critiquing the political connotations of this style. Lenard writes poetry to accompany their sculptural installations as further insight to the work.

harison and tom cards 6.24

Two concurrent solo shows by Richmond Artists Harrison Moenich and Tom Condon on view in the gallery daily from 9am-5pm.

"Neither/Nor", featuring new paintings from Harrison Moenich explores the depth and texture of the lived non-binary experience in America. Through these paintings, there is a search for hope that one day individuals can be seen and celebrated without being compared or neglected.

Photographer Tom Condon presents "In the Absence of Scale", featuring his lensless photogram and chemigram images. Created through unconventional resists, light, and chemistry, these pieces are not photos, but art objects that reflect material experience and invited chance as a co-author.

Join us for the opening Friday, June 24 7-9pm with light refreshments and a cash bar. Masks and social distancing are strongly recommended.

iridian_january_2022.jpgWysteria Ivy by Megan Marlatt through February 19th 

Wysteria Ivy is a stunning collection of paintings, drawings, and sculptural costume pieces.  The exhibition is on view at the Iridian Gallery until February 19th. Open Tuesday through Sunday 9am-5pm. Face masks required. Artist Talk on YouTube

A recorded zoom artist talk titled The Queen’s Interview featuring artist Megan Marlatt, curator Michael A Pierce, muse Wysteria Ivy, and gallery chair Grace Wetpants is available for viewing now on YouTube.

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Love Rush - by Andrew Sedgwick Guth


Now through June 5th

The Iridian Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring the work of Harrisburg, PA painter Andrew Sedgwick Guth. “Love Rush,” spanning all three Iridian exhibition spaces, features about 100 new works by Guth. Many were created during the last year of the pandemic, and some were intended for shows that never opened to the public. 

Guth’s mixed media artwork is influenced by our common era of social media, seeking to understand his place as a queer artist navigating a 21st century world of technological pressures (social expectations, love, body issues, sexual capital, spiritualism, family, etc.). He pulls motifs, symbols, and techniques from his cultural background (Pennsylvania German), applying the heteronormative and protestant symbolism to queer existence and relationships. He creates his own personal folklore, mixing traditional 19th century Pennsylvania embroidery techniques with his love of constellations, astrology, and Greek mythology. Guth recontextualizes images culled from digital connections and curated social media feeds, including queer men in intimate settings alongside imagery and customs which had not been constructed to include them. The intended result is work saturated in color and the empowerment of vulnerability.      

Andrew Sedgwick Guth’s work has been shown regionally and nationally continuously since 2001. His paintings and printwork have been exhibited in Philadelphia, Toronto, Pittsburgh, New York, Washington DC, Baltimore, Miami, Provincetown, and Harrisburg, PA. His painting and sculptures are included in numerous private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Switzerland, Australia, and France.


We also have an online store for his artwork:


The Iridian Gallery

The mission of The Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond is to foster lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+ artists and their community by exhibiting their art, as well as work that relates to their experiences. The Iridian Gallery seeks to position the gallery and its exhibitions as a vital constituent of Greater Richmond’s vibrant arts culture.

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Tuesday – Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Past Exhibits

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