Plural noun: spectra

  • A band of colors

  • The entire range of wavelengths

  • Used to classify something in terms of its position on a scale between two extreme points

From the Latin specere (to look) - spectrum (image/apparition).

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We are a group of queer artists based in Salt Lake City working together to cultivate a safe space for artists who self-identify as LGBTQIA+ to showcase their works and engage audiences in conversation regarding art and queer identity.


Queer Spectra Arts Festival is dedicated to showcasing arts from multiple LGBTQIA+ perspectives. As curators, we aim to present a diverse array of voices, backgrounds, experiences, cultures, mediums, and artistic disciplines in order to celebrate queer artistic expressions. We hope to challenge and contribute to contemporary understanding of queer discourse while promoting a nuanced conversation between artists and audiences about queer identity and art.

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2020 Festival details coming soon!



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2020 Festival theme and submission details coming soon!



Deadline: TBD

Artists from all disciplines are welcome to submit, including those in inter/multidisciplinary fields. Categories include (but are not limited to):

  • 2D visual arts (drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, etc…)

  • 3D art works (sculpture, installation, fashion, etc..)

  • Time-based arts (dance, theatre, music, poetry, comedy, literature, film, drag, performance art, etc…)

We accept both finished works and works-in-progress. For works-in-progress, in your application, tell us how you plan to complete your work and provide us a detailed timeline. We also welcome submissions from out of state, please note that however, at the moment, we are not able to compensate for traveling and lodging cost.

We highly encourage submitting artists to consider being a part of our open conversation regarding their work and their queer identity, in conjunction with the theme as part of our mission is to promote a nuanced conversation with audiences about these topics/issues.

For 2D and 3D art works, artists are responsible for delivering their work, mounting/installing, as well as striking it (unless they have contacted and re-arranged these responsibilities with the festival). All of these need to happen on the day of the festival (8AM-4PM for setup, and 10-11:30PM for strike). The location that we are planning is an intimate space. Make sure that the work you propose is feasible for the time and venue factors. Also, please note that at the moment, we are not able to provide pedestals for sculptures, so you can bring your own pedestal or get creative about how you would like to display your work.

For time-based art works, the time limits are:

  • Dance, theatre, performance art: maximum 8 minutes for solos, 10 minutes for group works (including duo)

  • Music: 10 minutes max

  • Short films: minimum 3 minutes, maximum 8 minutes

Works exceeding these time limits can be considered. The selection committee will review and decide whether exceptions or arrangements can be made for these works. If accepted, you will be allowed a short time slot to tech/run your work in the space the morning of the festival (8AM-4PM). No special lighting will be provided, even though simple color flood lights can be accommodated! No paint, water, or liquid of any kind; no feathers or power of any kind. If you have props, please tell us in your application.

Keep in mind that Queer Spectra is a one-day festival, so please keep your production aspects as simple as you can!

Submission Fee: $10 for one work. If you plan to submit more than one work, it will be $5 for each additional work. Submission fees are non-refundable. You can send your application fee through:

  • Venmo to @EmmaESargent

Please indicate "Queer Spectra - Your name" when sending the fee. Submission without application fee will not be reviewed. If our fee prohibits you from submitting due to financial need, please contact us and we will work with you.

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Queer Spectra Arts Festival is a safe space in which difficult conversations can take place. We welcome thoughtful, considerate discussions and feedback about art that explores a full range of identities and experiences. This being said, we will not tolerate queerphobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, ableism, fatphobia/sizeism, classism, threats of violence, or other hate speech.

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