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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MAY 25th •1pm-10pm •Commonwealth Studios

150 W. Commonwealth Ave., Salt Lake City, Utah 84115.

Our time-based performances will be held in the white cyclorama (pictured below left).

2019 festival theme is “BE/LONGING”

This year’s festival artists aligned their work with their own interpretations of the theme “Be/Longing.” Some questions explored within this theme are:

  • What does it mean to belong?

  • How/why is queer belonging different than heteronormative belonging, if it is different at all?

  • Do you feel like you belong? If so, where or to whom do you belong?

  • Is there a specific moment that you know you belong, and how do recognize this moment?

  • What does it mean to be you in the context of larger communities that you may or may not belong to?

  • How does your identity impact your sense of belonging or lack thereof?

  • What are other factors that affect our sense of belonging?

  • What is at stake when people are trying to belong? Is fitting in the same as belonging?

  • How can we foster and invite belonging?

  • What do you long for?

We also select and showcase artists whose works may not follow the theme, but nonetheless spark important conversations about queer arts and queer identity.


1:00 pm Welcome & Opening Remarks - 2D and 3D Gallery Opens

1:00-1:30 pm Keynote: Well, Is It? Questioning What Makes Art Queer

2:00-3:00 pm Workshop I: Details TBD

3:00 pm Time-based arts Presentation I, followed by Q&A

5:30-6:45 pm Workshop II: Embodied Imaginations

7:30 pm Time-based arts Presentation II, followed by Q&A



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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