Magician's Cape, Desert. © Wayne Bund
Magician’s Cape, Desert. © Wayne Bund

Queer Conscience 2024 Photography Exhibition

Juried by: Stephan Schlarb, Nathan Lomas, and The Image Flow

Exhibition Dates: June 8 – August 30, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 8, 5:30–7:30 PM

The Image Flow is proud to announce their 2nd Annual juried exhibition Queer Conscience 2024.

This exhibition presents a wide variety of talented artists closely tied to the LGBTQIA2+ community. Photographers nationwide submitted their original photographic works to our Call For Entry and were selected by our esteemed jurors.

Set to coincide with Pride month, we asked LGBTQIA2+ artists to share their unique queer journeys with us. Without a doubt, it is a precarious time to be a queer person today. Despite the countless legislations targeting queer and especially transgender individuals in the U.S. and worldwide. The world seems to be growing ever more queer, new studies show that nearly 30% of Gen Z adults identify as LGBTQIA2+.

Queer Conscience 2024 seeks to push back against these forces by affirming our own truths through the photographic medium. In this juried exhibition, we ask queer artists to join us in celebrating our community with a clear conscience.

Queer Conscience 2024 featured artists:

Andres Serrano, Andrew Carroll, Anne Vetter, Brandin Barón, Charlie Kucik, Chris Behroozian, David M. Frazier, Devin Henderson, Gene Lee, Jamie Perkins, Jeremy Colgrove, Jesse Egner, Jonah Reenders, Jorge Escobar, Judith G. Levy, Michael McFadden, Michael Starkman, Michelle Schapiro, Nate Mahoney, Nick Simko, Park Zebley, Peter Krask, Pluto Shoop, Ryan Hamilton, Shophia Dell’Arciprete, Stephen Biegel, Steven Harwick, Tea Laroux, Thomas Callahan, Tommy Bruce

Juror Details

Steffan Schlarb Steffan Schlarb is a former Creative Director, now dedicated to fostering a thriving LGBTQ+ arts scene as Director and Co-Founder of Schlomer Haus Gallery. From his early days in San Francisco in the 90’s, Schlarb has been committed to the vibrant culture of the city and its diverse arts scene.

Navigating a career in the creative industries, he earned a reputation for designing logos, identities and experiences for brands large and small. Just before the gallery’s inception, Schlarb hit a big milestone in his career, a signal to move on.

In 2021, Schlomer Haus Gallery was born, connecting Schlarb’s passion for working with patrons and artists with his driving desire to give back to San Francisco by providing a platform for emerging and underrepresented artists. Steffan serves on the EDI Committee for ArtSpan, a San Francisco nonprofit that produces the oldest and largest open studios even in the United States. He is also an organizing board member of the Castro ArtWalk.

Nathan Lomas Nathan Lomas is a photographer, artist, and educator living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BFA from the College for Creative Studies. He is an instructor, gallery coordinator, and production manager at The Image Flow Photography Center in San Anselmo, and has taught at the Academy of Art University San Francisco. He is also the owner of Heritage Tintype Parlor, a portrait studio specializing in wet plate collodion photography.

Nathan developed the concept for Queer Conscience out of a desire to create more opportunities for queer photographers and artists to share their work. He is currently pursuing the creation of an LGBTQ+ artist residency program that hopes to provide mental health resources to its residents in addition to supporting their creative work and fostering connections to the broader art world.

The Image Flow The Image Flow Staff aims to celebrate photography in all its forms and to provide a platform for photographers of all levels to create work, exchange ideas, and to innovate the medium of photography. Our staff and instructors are deeply engaged with photographic practice in their daily lives and bring that same dedication to our space each day. We remain committed to making photography accessible to the community by providing public exhibitions, free lectures, workshops, and imaging services.

Today, our workshops and services continue to be in support of The Image Flow founder‘s mantra – “It’s not a photograph until it’s a print” – driving toward photography in print form. We possess the tools and expertise needed to help bring your vision to life.

Past Exhibitions