Looking Ahead to NQAF – 2016!

Excerpt from the Queer Cultural Center’s newsletter by Pamela Peniston, artistic director of NQAF

Pamela PenistonThank you so much for attending the events of the 2015 National Queer Arts Festival!
I believe our artist / curators brought some of the most exciting, topical & beautiful work to stages in SF & Oakland this year!

You are an integral part of Qcc and you support NQAF artists with both your attendance and, when possible, your ticket purchase.

Tonight we begin the next round of commissions to artists for 2016! If you have a great idea for a program, we ask you to come to our commissioning meetings for Creating Queer Community!

We also urge you to support queer art with a contribution to Qcc – we are hoping to expand our program into the East Bay and your donation to Qcc can help this happen!

Thank you!

Photo: Pamela Peniston, artistic director

LGBT Art: Our Common Wealth art exhibition

Press release by QCC

Queer Cultural Center – Special Event

Queer Cultural Center(QCC) and the Commonwealth Club present:

LGBT Art: Our Common Wealth art exhibition
Opening Reception and Walk-Through
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Commonwealth Club
595 Market Street, second floor
San Francisco

Join the Commonwealth Club and members of The Queer Cultural Center with artists from the current exhibition for a reception and walk-through of the exhibit.

Artists: Kim Anno, Lenore Chinn, Bren Ahearn, Jeremy Sanders, Indira Allegra, Preston Gannaway and Laurie Toby Edison, join curator Pamela Peniston in an examination of their work and a discussion of LGBT art.


Cheers from Qcc!

Queer Cultural Center Newsletter, January – 2014

As we begin a new year, we here at Qcc would like to wish you and all of yours the very best for the coming year; May whatever you reach for be there for you!

We have a full calendar for 2014, so while we are taking a hiatus with the calendar for this month, look for a new look, a new website (QCC 2.0) and many new surprises to come your way. Please join us!

Thank you!

Pamela Peniston,
Artistic Director, Qcc
Queer Cultural Center is supported in part by the Community Arts & Education Program of the San Francisco Arts Commission

San Francisco – Curators Walkthrough of Zeitgeist


Curator/Artist WalkthroughInvitation: Zeitgeist
SOMArts Gallery
San Francisco, USA
June 15, 1pm

Zeitgeist is the Nationa Queer Arts Festival’s visual arts group exhibtion. Curators for the exhibition include Jacqueline Francis, Josh Faught, Jordy Jones, Rudy Lemcke, Matt McKinley, Pam Peniston and Tina Takemoto. They say about theme and title of the exhibition, ‘Scholars have long maintained that each era has a unique spirit, a nature or climate that sets it apart from all other epochs. In German, such a spirit is known as “Zeitgeist,” from the German words Zeit, meaning “time,” and Geist, meaning “spirit” or “ghost.” Some writers and artists assert that the true zeitgeist of an era cannot be known until the era is over, and several have declared that only artists or philosophers can adequately explain it.‘ The exhibition runs thru June 29, 2013.

Participating Artists

Bren Ahearn, Esteban Partida Ayala, Sarah Barnard, Micah Bazant, Alexei Biryukoff, Marconi Calindas, Esra Canogullari, Alberto Condotta, Robert Cortlandt, Yvette Deas, Leah DeVun, Ariel Dunitz-Johnson, Rami George, Hilary Goldberg, Nicole Hall and Benjy Blanco, Matthew Lambert, Cristiano F. Lopes, Mox Mäkelä, Elizabeth “Oscar” Maynard, Aaron McIntosh, Rosa Middleton, Kait Mooney, Allie Phillips, Piyarat Piyapongwiwat, Emmett Ramstad, Tommy J. Reyes, Gregory Farrar Scott, Kevin Simmonds, Ariel Springfield, Diego Terros, Amanda Verwey, Kate Walker, Eva Weiss and Angie Wilson.

Related Links

Artist statement by Leah DeVun
Finnish Avant-garde Filmmaker, artist showcase about Mox Mäkelä

Video About Chronotopia At SOMArts

Yes, I know that I am way too late to invite any of you Californian readers to go to the Chronotopia at SOMArts gallery, San Francisco, but for all of us, who never had the chance to visit the National Queer Arts Festival in California June 2010, here is a video about the exhibition:
Justin Hoover takes us on a walk through Chronotopia a queer group exhibition at SOMArts.

CHRONOTOPIA, the National Queer Arts Festival’s annual visual arts exhibition at SOMArts. Co-curated by Cheryl Dunye, Tirza True Latimer, Rudy Lemcke, Matt McKinley, Pamela Peniston and Tina Takemoto with exhibition coordinator Adrienne Skye Roberts. You can see photos from the opening of the artshow at SOMArts Cultura Centre’s Flickr page.

Related links
The web gallery of ‘Chronotopia’ with installation view of the different rooms of the exhibition
Read Feminine Moments post about the exhibtion ‘Chronotopia’
The press release about Chronotopia: The Past, Present and Future of Queer Histories by National Queer Arts Festival 2010 California, USA