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Queer artists showcase

March 15th & 16th

Queer Artists Showcase 2024

We are happy to announce the 2024 Queer Artist Showcase!

This annual event focuses on showcasing the queer artists in our community. This allows artists to present their work to an audience and the community to become more familiar with our local artists.

This year, we will have the Queer Artist Showcase on March 15th and the QAS Open House on March 16th. Read below about each date to learn more.

March 15th, 6 PM

Queer Artist Showcase

Don't miss your chance to be part of an exclusive evening that celebrates art, music, and the vibrant spirit of our queer community. This is the premier event in the Queer Artist Showcase series where you can immerse yourself in local art while indulging in a glass of wine.

Early Bird tickets are available now at a special price of $50. This offer lasts until February 22nd at noon, after which tickets will be $60.

March 16th, 11 AM - 3 PM

Open House

Join us on March 16th for the QAS Open. House, a vibrant and inclusive day in our Queer Artist Showcase series. This event is a celebration of diversity and creativity, offering a welcoming space where everyone can experience the power and beauty of queer art. With open doors and no entry fee, the QAS Open House is dedicated to making art accessible to everyone, regardless of background or experience.

This day is not just an event; it's a statement of our commitment to breaking down barriers in the art world and building a more inclusive community.

Deadline: February 23


If you are interested in being an artist at the 2024 Queer Artist Showcase, please fill out the entry form here.

This form will allow you to tell us more about yourself as an artist and the pieces that you create. All submissions are subject to review and will need to be submitted by February 23rd. All applicants will receive a response by March 1st.

If you have any issues with the application, please email

Purchase Tickets

QAS Judges

Joshua Best

Springfield Art Museum
Joshua Best (he/him) currently serves as the Museum Affairs Officer for Audience Development at the Springfield Art Museum. He has selected work for exhibition in Humanities, Vol. 1 and guest curated the upcoming exhibition Breath, Light, and Distance. He holds a B.A. in English – Creative Writing and is a candidate for a Master of Arts in Teaching from Missouri State University. His work experience includes arts education organizations, social justice nonprofits, and cultural institutions in Missouri, Chicago, and New York City. He has served on the boards of the Springfield Regional Arts Council and the Missouri Writer’s Hall of Fame. Joshua has also served on the City of Springfield’s Diversity & Inclusion Taskforce. He is the recipient of the 2023 Arts Ambassador Ozzie Award.

Sean FitzGibbons

History Museum on The Square
Sean FitzGibbons (he/him) is the Executive Director of the History Museum on the Square! He has more than ten years of experience as a leader in museums and non-profit institutions. As Senior Exhibits Analyst for the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts and Culture, he led community programs and managed the Centro de Artes and Culture Commons art galleries. He has also served as Executive Director for both the Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College in Shreveport, LA and Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton, OH. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis. FitzGibbons is passionate about community outreach, cultural storytelling, and making the humanities accessible to diverse communities. Sean, his wife, Amber and children Maggie and Elliott have relocated to the Springfield area from St. Louis, MO.

Re Baker-Dietz

Arrow Art Supply, Inc
Re Baker-Dietz (she/they) was born in Springfield, Missouri and has traveled widely, keeping Springfield as home base. Their hobbies include creating artwork, (mainly Encaustic painting and 3D found object sculptures), making candles, spending time with their partner and pets, cooking at home, and gardening. Two years ago, they started working toward opening a nonprofit organization and successfully founded Arrow Art Supply Inc, a 501(c)3 Art Supply “Thrift Store” named Arrow Creative Reuse. Arrow opened in December 2022 and has been growing steadily to include Arrow Art Annex, a community building that hosts art classes, listening room concerts, and pop-up market events. Arrow Creative Reuse at 1506 E St. Louis Street also offers donated materials at a low cost to those who need them in the community, including teachers, students, and artists of all walks of life. A long time advocate of the LGTBQ+ community, Re (she/they) is happy to be recognized as a nonbinary judge for Glo’s Queer artist showcase.

Deadline: March 1

Sponsorship Opportunities

Thank you for your support of an event that aims to lift queer artists to the platform they deserve at the GLO Center. Your support means so much to our organization and its mission to support and advocate for our artists to create a community where all can thrive!

For more information, please contact Aaron Schekorra at

Note: Ads will need to be Vector or high-resolution files. Please send logo/ad files in PDF, AI, or PNG format to

Checks can be made payable to The GLO Center and mailed/delivered to 518 E Commercial St. Springfield, MO 65803

thank you to our 2024 QAS Sponsors!




Springfield Art Museum

Econo Lift

Mudhouse Coffee

DeLong Plumbing

The Copy Shoppe

Brentwood Christian Church

Dalton Stockton, CRPC® – Financial Advisor

Queer Artists showcase

All LGBTQIA+ artists in the Ozarks are encouraged to submit visual works for the GLO Centers’ annual Queer Artists Showcase! Each year we select a number of pieces and display them for public viewing and purchase at the GLO Center. A small portion of art sales help GLO continue to support local queer artists.

As each year’s event is planned, the information on our Facebook page will update with specifics so you can be prepared for the showcase!

Queer artist showcase paintings
Queer artist showcase submissions
Queer artist showcase painting submission

Upcoming Events

Life Queer-ies at GLO

What: Dany Lacio (PROMO) will be joining us this month with a legislative update.
When: Sunday, April 21, 12 PM – 2 PM
Where: The GLO Center

The GLO Market: Sip & Shop

What: Join us in supporting local queer-owned businesses and organizations! We’ll have beer, wine, and seltzers for sale. The first 10 people to make a purchase from a vendor get a free drink ticket!
When: Wednesday, April 24, 4 PM – 7 PM
Where: The GLO Center

GLO Youth Prom: A Walk into the Night

What: The theme is “A Walk Into The Night”. The event is for current middle and high school students ages 12-18 and there is a $15 entrance fee.
When: Thursday, April 25, 5 PM – 8 PM
Where: The GLO Center

Rainbow Kids Picnic in the Park

What: Join us at beautiful Phelps Grove Park for a picnic! For kiddos aged 5-11, accompanied by a grownup. Friends and siblings also welcome.
When: Saturday, May 4, 12 PM – 2 PM
Where: The GLO Center