June 22 – July 20, 2024:

The Power of Visibility: Boldness in LGBTQ+ Art

The Long Beach Creative Group invites the community to experience “The Power of Visibility: Boldness in LGBTQ+ Art,” an art exhibition which opens with two receptions on Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, and runs through Saturday, July 20. 39 who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community submitted work. The three jurors for the exhibition, Lucas Gordon, Brian Trimble, and Jenson Titus selected 58 pieces by 29 artists for the exhibition, representing a wide variety of media and subject matter. The show will open in the Rod Briggs Gallery, located at 2221 E Broadway in Long Beach. Regular gallery hours are Friday through Sunday, 1-4 pm.

Exhibit Coordinator Travis Stock-Tucker said, “Visibility is the first step towards equality. Art has the power to make the unseen seen, and the unheard heard. Through the lens of art, we can shatter stereotypes, challenge prejudices, and pave the way for a more inclusive and understanding world.”

Marka Burns, President and founder of the Long Beach Creative Group, said, “This exhibit is a continuation of our commitment to connect with, and showcase, the diversity of our city’s complex creative community, and to amplify voices that might not find opportunities elsewhere.”

In addition to the exhibition, several special events are also scheduled. On Friday, June 28, the LBCG will be hosting The History of Stonewall, which will focus on the history and legacy of gay activism, including the 1969 uprising in response to brutal police actions against people at The Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The Group will also host our monthly Movie Night on Friday, July 12 at 7 pm, with Paris Is Burning. This iconic documentary offers an intimate look at the vibrant drag ball culture of New York City in the late 1980s. On Saturday, July 20, we will close the exhibition with Strut Your Stuff, a costumed ball drawing inspiration from the exuberance of the 1990 cinematic celebration of drag, Paris is Burning.

The LBCG is supported, in part, by the Port of Long Beach, the Arts Council for Long Beach, and the ongoing support of the Briggs Family Trust.



Upcoming Exhibitions


August 18 to September 14:

Annual Show Shakeup

Each board and auxiliary member will invite one artist to join the exhibition—preferably someone who has not exhibited with us before. Board members will provide special events for artists, including how to mat and frame artwork, how to hang a show, tips in applying for open calls, and how to talk about the intention of their work.

October 12 to November 9:

STEAM: Artistry Unleashed

The exhibition celebrates the imaginative and inventive nature of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). It highlights the role of Long Beach as Space Beach. The artwork can encompass a variety of art, like kinetic sculptures, light installations, data-driven artworks, enlarged microscopic images, and representations of climate change. A guest curator will invite artists who explore the intersections of these disciplines, embracing scientific knowledge as a powerful tool for artistic expression.


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Holidays: Closed