2017 Queer Art Portrait Prize
The Queer|Art Community Portrait Project is made possible through partnership with HBO and presented as part of the annual Queer|Art|Prize ceremony. Artists from across different disciplines and generations gather once a year to participate in a marathon photoshoot event, sitting for their portraits as representatives of the Queer|Art community. Over time, the project will chart nuances of generational and personal growth within the community—as many artists return and new artists are welcomed into the mix—all seen through the lens of a different photographer each year. The commission for the 2017 Queer|Art Community Portrait Project was awarded to Eric McNatt, whose long-term relationship with Queer|Art and easy-going charm made him a natural choice for the project in its inaugural year. Eric honored our community with shimmering black-and-white portraits that showcase his keen eye for bold silhouettes and an uncanny ability to conjure forth and capture a sense of quiet internal power radiating within each of his subjects.