Creating with Pride: LGBTQ+ Artists and Authors

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Ages 11-18. Celebrate identity and self-expression with local LGBTQ+ artists and authors in this virtual event. All participants are invited to create their own artwork that will go on display in the month of October at The Center Orlando. Click here for more info and the submission form.

Partnership with The LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida. 


Martha Brenckle      

Martha Catherine Brenckle is a Professor at the University of Central Florida where she teaches First-year Writing and Rhetorical Theory. She writes poetry and fiction and has published most recently in The Sea Letter, Clockhouse Review, Broken Bridge Review, Burningword Literary Magazine, and Bryant Literary Review among others. In 2000, she won the Central Florida United Arts Award for Poetry. Martha is a former performance poet and has performed her monologues on lesbian life in Orlando, Tampa, Atlanta, New Haven, New Orleans, Chicago, San Antonio, and Baltimore. Her first novel, Street Angel (2006) and was nominated for a Lambda Award and a Triangle Award and was a Finalist for Fence Magazine’s 2007 Best GLBT Novel Award. In 2019, Finishing Line Press published her poetry chapbook, Hard Letters and Folded Wings. Martha lives in Winter Park, FL with her wife Patty and their gray tabby cats.

Benjamin Gallagher

Benjamin Gallagher is a writer living in Central Florida. He has published pieces in ArtBorne Magazine and The Community Paper. He currently writes a Queer lifestyle blog about the LGBTQ community in Orlando, Florida. He was recently featured on The Missing Years Project podcast where he discussed the art of human communication. He works as a Development Assistant at Timucua Arts Foundation.

David Matteson

David Matteson is the Associate Curator of Education and Outreach at the Orlando Museum of Art, where he develops and facilitates programs for diverse audiences of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and English and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Rollins College.  David is currently completing his doctoral coursework in the Texts and Technology program at the University of Central Florida, where his research broadly focuses on digital curation, public history, and museum education.  As a practicing artist, David specializes in bookmaking and socially-engaged projects.

Jacob Z. Wan

Jacob Z. Wan is a contemporary bookbinder who creates mixed-media conceptual books to celebrate the importance of oneself. He has received his BFA and MFA from the University of Central Florida, and he has exhibited in Florida, Illinois, Germany, China, and many other places. Wan has moved to the USA from China since 2014, and currently, he resides in Orlando, FL.


Nikki Barnes

Nikki Fragala Barnes (@bynikkibarnes) is an experimental poet and participatory installation artist. An arts activist, Barnes centers material works on accessibility, land-based public histories, and the poetics of place, including monuments and multilingual/translated works. Key to Barnes' practice is community work via building relationships.An independent editor and curator, Barnes served as the Poetry Editor and Editor-in-Chief of Obra/Artifact, a literary journal of experimental works before joining the Editorial Collective for the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. Barnes has exhibited/performed works at the Orlando Museum of Art (Orlando, FL), the Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach, FL) and The Liminal (Valencia, Spain). Her work is also held in private collections internationally. She is earning a Ph.D. in Texts and Technology while teaching poetry writing at the University of Central Florida.