See Me: Art created by and for members of the LGBTQIA+ community in Wisconsin.
For this exhibition, River Arts Inc (RAI) showcases work focused on—and created by—members of the LGBTQIA+ community in Wisconsin. Over the years, queer art has had a long and tangled history of censorship. In this exhibition, we hear the voices of the LGBTQ+ artists in our community and celebrate their achievements in the visual arts.
Exhibition Dates: December 8, 2022 – February 16, 2023
Closing Reception: Thurs, Feb. 16, 2023, from 5:30-7:30 pm. Featuring keynote speaker Rae Senarighi
at the Sauk Prairie River Arts Center (105-9th Street, Prairie du Sac)
also featuring artwork by Sauk Prairie Middle School, High School, and A.P. High School students
About the Keynote Speaker, Rae Senarighi:
Rae Senarighi is your average non-binary cancer survivor inspiring self-compassion, activism and gender resilience via unapologetic portraiture of vibrant transgender and non-binary power and spreading joyful presentations and meditations worldwide.
Rae is a champion of storytelling through art, as a fine artist, designer and muralist, an activist, cancer survivor and pursuing accurate and celebratory representation of the trans community. Rae currently resides in Madison, WI, but he makes a lasting impact throughout the world. His art can be seen internationally and is featured in a wide range of outlets from Art Voices magazine to DNA India.
Rae’s dream is to celebrate accurate representation of trans and nonbinary people through painted portraiture worldwide. His mission of self-acceptance and love shows in his work through vibrant portraits reflecting celebration and beauty. With vivid and bold colors these portraits radiate the brilliance of the individuals and celebrate accepting and loving one’s self. Rae’s trust in himself is vital to him in his journey of understanding and accepting his own identity, reminding all of us to not only love ourselves, but to celebrate and lift up one’s community.
Netflix and GLAAD invited Rae to celebrate authentic, accurate portrayals of trans characters in media through a series of paintings. He’s also partnered with the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference and Washington Healthcare for All to support healthcare for the transgender community.
Important Gallery information:
-The River Arts Center Gallery is located at 105 9th St, Prairie du Sac, WI (adjacent to Sauk Prairie High School). Enter through doors E-3, the Garden Entrance, which is located down a sidewalk to the right of the River Arts Center main doors.
–Hours: 8am-8pm Monday-Friday and weekends during special events. Closed when Sauk Prairie Schools are closed. Call 608-643-5215 to confirm hours before your visit.
–Accessibility: Gallery is wheelchair accessible, including all doorways and restrooms
–Tours: This exhibit is self-guided. Free docent-led tours are available by appointment for educational groups, non-profit organizations, and groups of 10 or more. Email email@example.com or call 608-643-5215 to schedule a tour for your group. *Must have at least 24 hours notice, subject to gallery and staff availability.