Art 321 receives backlash for Art of Pride exhibit | Art & theater
The Art of Pride show was confirmed by the organization’s board of directors and scheduled almost a year ago, around July 2020. However, Smith said it wasn’t until after the April call for submissions on social media that they started receiving negative feedback.
It started with some “angry” reactions on Facebook, Smith said. Then a member commented that she was not renewing her membership because she disagreed with the gallery’s support for Pride and felt that her opinion was not being heard.
She later came to the gallery, Smith said, taking down her art and loudly telling staff that she couldn’t stand up for an organization that campaigns for gay rights. A young artist and regular at the Rainbow Collective was there at the time, submitting work for the Art of Pride show.
The Art of Pride exhibition at Art 321 can be seen in downtown Casper on Thursday.
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“I was so afraid that anything that would come out of this woman’s mouth could harm this artist, who has finally found a place where she feels she can be herself. If you include means we have to exclude other people, ”said Smith,“ then we are not the place for you. ”
Cessor said he was accused of pushing a personal agenda with the Art of Pride exhibit. But the board as a whole is firmly behind the LGBTQ community.
Two others withdrew their memberships, Smith said, and at least one person came to Art 321 to pick up their works on display or for sale.