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Labyrinth Arts Collective, Inc. and Pride Center of Staten Island, are proud to announce their curatorial  collaboration for  GENDER X: SEARCHING INTO SOCIAL CONVENTIONS

along with Exhibition Chairs Elaine Mendez and Fritz Weiss.

Artist’s from  the Northeast Region of the United States (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Delaware, and Maryland.)  are invited to submit their work through

As well as looking for skill in the use of a variety of materials, we look for how well that medium relates to the concept or movement, and how fully the artist’s intention or concept is presented and realized. The juror’s awards will reflect that artistic judgment. Accepted medium submissions may include: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Sculpture, Photography, Pastel, Drawing, Print, Mixed Media, plus Textile and Video when part of an installation. 

Show Details

GENDER X :  SEARCHING INTO SOCIAL CONVENTIONS. An artistic exploration of the meaning of gender encompassing all the possibilities, new ways of interpreting social norms, the freedom of choice and societal reactions . This juried show looks to explore the idea of gender roles, feminine and masculine archetypes and our preconceived social norms: Where did they come from? Why were they enforced? How did they affect our society? We respect all forms of artistic vision and perspectives

Labyrinth Arts Collective, Inc. is a recognized 501©3 non-for-profit an arts organization that promotes collaborative efforts amongst artist groups.  Labyrinth Arts Collective was founded on the principles of fair practices to enhance the presence of art programming in our communities far and wide and to promote emerging as well as established artists through diversity in their endeavors. 

Pride Center of Staten Island, whose mission  is  to provide a safe and welcoming space for all individuals who identify as LGBTQ to find support, educational tools, health and education resources, and social opportunities within a community of acceptance. The Pride Center's work is driven by the needs, wants, and interests of the LGBTQ community. While social stigma has isolated and silenced LGBTQ people, the Pride Center of Staten Island believes that together, a better future for everyone in the community can be created   

About the Juror…

We are privileged to have  featured Juror: Gena Mimoza

Gena Mimozo, Deputy Director and Grants Administrator, Staten Island Arts

Gena Mimozo is an arts advocate, warrior for cultural equity, and community organizer. Gena is also a filmmaker, poet, and event producer. 

A long-time resident of Staten Island, Gena has an enduring commitment to community engagement through the arts. As the former production manager for Snug Harbor Cultural Center's Performing Arts department, they helped produce more than 500 productions over three years while also managing Snug’s two theatres, including The Music Hall, which is the second oldest Music Hall on the East Coast. This position allowed them to work extensively with many local cultural and community groups. During their time at Snug Harbor, they also founded of The Snug Underground Theatre Festival, which featured off-off-Broadway productions, original work, and showcased local musicians.

They are a founding member of SIcoLab (Staten Island Collaboration), a collective set up to help artists network, brainstorm and collaborate. SIcoLab worked in coordination with the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to produce Van Duzer Days, an outdoor music and arts festival that was part of the DOT Weekend Walks program from 2009-2013. From 2013-2015, they sat as the Entertainment Chair for the organizing committee of Pride Center of Staten Island’s Pridefest, an annual LGBTQ Pride celebration.

Gena started work with Staten Island Arts in 2010 as the organization’s Arts Education Program Officer, eventually moving to Grants Administration in 2012. In 2017, they were promoted to Deputy Director of the organization. Under their management, the Staten Island Arts Regrant program has grown to distribute more than $260,000 in funding for artists – the largest in the organization’s history. Through the arts council, they participate in many citywide community engagement opportunities such as the Art Advisory Committee for NYC Department of Transportation and the Percent for Art Committee for NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. 

Gena as an artist has worked in the entertainment industry in multiple capacities (director, assistant director, stage manager, production coordinator, production assistant) and for many types of projects (theatre, concerts, festivals, television, commercials, film) throughout New York City.

They served as the 2019 Grand Marshal for SI Pridefest and they are members of the 2019 artEquity National cohort as well as the 2019 NYC Department of Cultural Affairs #createNYC Leadership cohort. Gena holds a B.A. in Design, Technology, and Management (DTM) from Wagner College where their concentration was Stage Management. They also hold a certification in Filmmaking from New York Film Academy.

ONLINE Exhibition Dates:  TBA

$1000  in Cash Awards

​BEST of SHOW GOLD: $500  at the Opening Reception, the artist whose work is juried as ‘Best of Show’ by juror will receive a         cash prize.

BEST of SHOW SILVER: $ 300 at the Opening Reception, the artist whose work is juried ‘Best of Show Silver’ juror will receive a       cash prize

CERTIFICATES of ACHIEVEMENT: During  at the opening reception, $100  for each of 3 winners will be awarded.  All above selections will be made by our juror.

CURATOR’S CHOICE: $100 awarded at the Opening Reception to one artist whose work is chosen for excellence by the Curators for GENDER X,  Elaine Mendez and  Fritz Weiss.

ELIGIBILITY: This call for submission is open to  residents of the U.S. and its Territories 18 years of age or older. This is a juried exhibition for artists over the age of 18, working in traditional and non‐traditional 2D and 3D media, including film/video when part of an installation. 

All artwork must be original in concept, design and execution.  Note: Crafts, kit work or reproductions of original works in other media (such as giclee reproductions of oil paintings), unless used as part of a mixed media work, will not be considered.

JUDGING: All judging to enter this competition will be on‐line. Entries that differ significantly from their digital images may be rejected. Decision of the juror is final.

SUBMISSIONS AND FEES: Only original works may be submitted (limited edition prints are OK). Works may be submitted in one or multiple media: $45  for up to three (3) images plus $5.00 for each additional image.  

All entry fees are non‐refundable.


1. Click on

Follow the directions on the Site Login Page to create a new profile. You will need to create a new profile, unless you have previously applied to juried shows or to another competition that licensed the Smarter Entry system after August 27, 2012 ‐ you then can just login).  Your username is your email address.

2. Click on GENDER X to register. (It’s under the heading AVAILABLE SHOWS). You will be taken to a secure site where you can pay your application fee.

3. Once you have paid your application fee, you can upload your images. Submit your images as JPG, TIFF, or PNG files with the longest side being 1,280 pixels for best presentation.  Your files can be up to 4MB.

Click on the Choose File button to browse for the file you want to upload.  The actual file name is the image file title you see in a directory / folder. File names cannot have special characters as they present security risks or are not compatible with programming. When you browse your folder to select your file and then it inserts into the SmarterEntry system, you may see something like this: c:\my_harddrive%5\filename.jpg. The c:\my_harddrive%5\ is the computer’s path to the file. It can/will have special characters, and that is ok. It is only the filename.jpg part that cannot have special characters.

4. Upload your image as directed. Please note that all fields marked with an asterisk are required.   Selling price and year created will not be a factor in the juror’s selection.  Use the Additional Notes box for information you would like the juror to consider.   These notes may be used as part of the exhibition.

5. Click Add Image to upload it to the show. While the image is uploading, do not press the back button or otherwise interfere with the upload process. When the image appears below, it has been submitted to the competition.  You will receive no additional confirmation of receipt. You may have to scroll down to see all images.

6. Repeat this process for all your images.  You can click "Return to Account" on the left hand bar at any time, then return later to submit more images. You can delete and resubmit a new image at no additional cost. You can edit the information submitted up to the deadline.  Please write down and keep for your files the sizes and prices of the submitted work. Once the final deadline has passed, you will no longer have access to this information.

NOTIFICATION:   As a result of the COVID-19 Crises, a notification date will be set after the rolling submission process is complete. We will be updating this site weekly.

SALES, COMMISSIONS AND DELIVERY:  Labyrinth Arts Collective will retain a 25% commission on all exhibition sales. The price represented on the artist entry form will be the sale price. No changes will be allowed.  Sale of any work that has been posted as apart of this online exhibition must be processed through Labyrinth Arts Collective upon buyer's inquiry during the show and for a period not to exceed 30 days afterwards . All arrangements for shipping of works to buyers will be the sole responsibility of the artist. 

LIABILITY:  Pride Center of Staten Island  and Labyrinth Arts Collective, Inc  are not responsible for copyright infringements. 

USE OF IMAGES: Any image submitted may be used for marketing and promotional purposes directly related to this show. This use may include publication in any publications, printed materials, advertisements, or electronic media. Copyright and all other rights remain that of the artist.

CONTACT/QUESTIONS: Please direct all questions prior to receiving your Notification Letter to

If accepted your Acceptance Letter will direct you to contact  GENDER X Curators for further information.

ENTRY AGREEMENT:  With the submission of artwork into the GENDER X  Regional Juried Show , the artist agrees to all the terms and conditions set forth in this prospectus as set forth by Labyrinth Arts Collective, Inc. and Pride Center of Staten Island

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