408 Fulton Street, Troy, New York 518-331-0217

Creating Art Through the Experience of Being LGBTQ

June 6 to July 19, 2014
Pride Event Reception 5–9 P.M. June 12
Poetry / Prose Reading curated by Nancy Klepsch 7–9 P.M. June 12
Artist’s Reception / Troy Night Out: 5–9 P.M. June 27

Ray Felix & Stephen Honicki Co-Curators


This exhibit includes work pertaining to relationships; sexuality; identity; the politics of sex / gender; and the human figure as it relates to queer issues. While many of these artists are internationally recognized in the art communities, this exhibition marks the first time most of these works have been shown in the Capital District region for a thematic show specifically exploring ideas dealing with being LGBTQ.

Comprised from a mix of well-established and emerging artists from across the country, this exhibition will feature artists Rene Capone (California), Raymond Felix (New York), Timothy Gerken (New York), Tom Hill (Maryland), Stephen Honicki (New York), Elisabeth Jacobsen (New York), Harold Lohner (New York), Rob Morell (New York), John Paradiso (Maryland), Christopher Pierce (New York), Eric Rhien (New York), and Maiya Thorton-Hodge (Ohio)

insideOUT will take a look at this theme through painting, photography, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, hand embroidery, mixed media, and found objects. From Rene Capone’s depiction of the human form to weave familiar elements of story and myth to Christopher Pierce’s honest representations of the human figure in his pursuit of creating beauty. From John Thomas Paradiso’s mixed media work, “Conscious Contact” which explores the God of his understanding through male erotica, identity, and spirituality to Elisabeth Jacobsen’s manipulation of found materials to explore her views on religion, women’s and gay issues. The works of Tom Hill and Maiya Thorton-Hodge are infused with a queer and feminist sensibility, while achieving a balance between process, materials, and content.

This exhibit will also showcase the work of photographers Raymond Felix, Timothy Gerken, Stephen Honicki, and Eric Rhien, who use this medium to construct personal narratives developed from both external and internal worlds; each with their own unique perspective of the LGBTQ experience

About Co-Curator Stephen Honicki

Stephen Honicki received a BA in Fine Art from State University of New York at Albany and a MS in Art Education from the College of Saint Rose. He has currently teaches the introductory level as well as the advanced level course in “Studio in Video and Photography” at Niskayuna High School.

Honicki has had photographs from several of his personal narrative series exhibited as part of several “Exhibition By Artists Of The Mohawk-Hudson Regional” and the Photo Regional of the Capital District. Extensive selections of photographs from his series, “Between Heaven and Hell”, were showcased at Munson Williams Pratt Arts Institute in Utica. In addition, solo exhibitions from his work were held at “Magnet” in San Francisco in 2008 and 2011.

Recently, two works from his series, “A Solitary Man” were exhibited as part of the international juried Paducah Photo 2013 exhibit, in Paducah, Kentucky. One of the images from that same series was selected to be included in the book, “Open to Interpretation: Love + Lust” to be published by Taylor & O’Neill this Spring.

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