In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City, a group of gay, lesbian, and transgendered bar patrons fought back against a police raid. The demonstrations and riots that followed are considered by most to be the beginning of the gay liberation movement in the United States. Today, a half-century later, there is a viable openly-gay candidate in the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election.

College of the Desert would like to celebrate this history with an exhibition that commemorates the event and bring light to half a century of activism and pride by the LGBTQ community in this country. Stonewall 50 will be a visual art exhibition that highlights works dealing with the LGBTQ experience, and will be on display between October 14th – November 14th, 2019.

We invite artists to submit works of art that speaks to the LGBTQ experience over the last 50 years. Eligible media include, but are not limited to: drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, digital art, collage, and fiber/textile art. Please submit digital images, dimensions, and descriptions of up to 4 artwork(s) to by September 30, 2019. If accepted, artwork(s) will have to be delivered to Marks Art Center by October 7th.