In February 1999, QAR issued a call for entries, seeking submissions for a June exhibition addressing issues facing young queer artists and offering them an international audience via the QAR website. There was no entry fee, and no limitation regarding media. Generation Q was open to all artists age 23 or younger.
Artists were instructed to send up to five slides (or digital images), a bio and an artist statement for consideration. By the end of March, more than 30 submissions were received from artists around the US and six other nations. In early April, our panel of jurors met to review the slides and Internet submissions. The jury consisted of:
Catharine Clark, Catharine Clark Gallery
Jeffery Lactaoen, Arts & Media Coordinator, LYRIC
Erin O'Neill, photographer
Mitchell Thompson, artist and Director of the San Francisco LGBT Youth Programs
Ten artists, ranging in age from 15 to 23, were selected for the exhibition. Generation Q goes online June 6th, 1999. A launch party, open to the public, is scheduled for June 11th at Media Alliance, 814 Mission St., San Francisco, from 6 to 8 PM.
We would like to thank all the artists who submitted work for consideration, the members of our jury, and LYRIC and Oasis Magazine for their assistance with this project. Thanks also to Planet OUT for sponsoring Generation Q.
Generation Q Project Team
Barry Harrison, Barbara Kyne, Sarah Patterson, Amy Sonnie and Mitcho