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Art Gallery

Affectionate Alchemy

Celebrating Love’s Artistic Embrace

Opening Night: Friday, April 12th, 6pm-8pm

Showing from April 12th - April 14th
at the Ramada by Wyndham in Tucson, AZ



"Affectionate Alchemy:
Celebrating Love's Artistic Embrace"

Southwest Love Fest is proud to announce a pop-up gallery show featuring local artists whose artistic expression celebrates ethically non-monogamous relationships, including LGBTQIA+ expressions of consensual love, sexuality, and other non-traditional relationships; and artists who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ and/or PoGM communities, whose subject matter is otherwise directed.

This year's pop-up gallery is happening April 12th-14th at the Ramada by Wyndham hotel on Cushing St. in Tucson, Arizona. Enjoy pieces by local artists aged 18 and up

Frequently Asked Questions

Thinking you'd like to show your art at Southwest Love Fest? Still have questions? Check below:

Application Details

Who can apply?

Artists living in Pima, Cochise, or Santa Cruz counties. All artists must be at least 18 years old.

What can be shown?

Art celebrating a variety of themes related to love, including: polyamorous, ethically non-monogamous, and other consensual forms of relationship; mindfulness, personal growth and healing; POC and LGBTQIA+ experiences. Submissions of work focused on other themes and subjects are also welcome, with a focus on providing representation for artists who identify as members of the global majority and/or members of the LGBTQIA+ community.


While submitted work may be erotic and sexual in nature, the overall theme is love in its various expressions and manifestations. Judgement criteria include tastefulness, artistic quality and how the work fits into the overarching vision of Southwest Love Fest. Depictions deemed explicitly sexual in nature will be displayed in a clearly marked area that is inaccessible to minors. Depictions of violence will be rejected, as will depictions of lewd sexual behavior. All decisions by the art selection committee are final.

How It Works:

Important Dates:

  • Application Deadline: EXTENDED! Thursday, March 21, 2024

  • Notice of acceptance or rejection: Monday, March 25, 2024

  • Submit Final Art Submissions: Monday, April 1, 2024

  • Final Adjudication: Thursday, April 3, 2024

  • Notice of accepted works: Friday, April 5, 2024

  • Deliver and Display: Thursday, April 11, 2024 (time slot to be assigned)

  • Art Opening/Meet the Artists: Friday, April 12, 6-8pm

  • Retrieve Artwork: Sunday, April 14, 2024 (time slot to be assigned)

Application Format:

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Submit 5 photographs of work available for display during dates of the conference, or submit other samples of work for overall consideration as a portfolio sample. If the sample portfolio is accepted, all art pieces intended for display must be submitted by April 5 for consideration for inclusion in the show.

  • Files should be JPG or PNG, no greater than 1900 pixels in any horizontal or vertical orientation. If accepted into the show, the Artist gives permission for all submitted images to be used in promoting the art show, on the SWLF website and social media platforms, and on other promotional considerations without charge or fee. Proper name and title attribution will accompany any image use.

  • Name your files as follows: ARTIST NAME Title Medium 00” x 00” Retail Price Email

  • Each artist will have a 72” x 72” wall space to display 2D work.

  • Sculptors will have a 72” x 72” floor space and must supply their own pedestals or table for display.

If Accepted to Show:

  • Display Fee: $50.00 or fee waived in exchange for a 4 Hour volunteer Gallery Docent shift during the conference.

Display and Sale Details

Art for Sale:

Each participating artist agrees to the honor system of paying 15% of anything that sells during the three days of the conference to Southwest Love Fest.
Exhibiting artists must provide a means of direct electronic payment. Southwest Love Fest will not accept payment for art on behalf of any artist. A QR code that sends the purchaser to the direct payment portal (pay-pal, e-commerce website) must be included on the tag (more on the tag below).

Contents of Tag:

  • Price
Name of art piece

  • Size dimensions / medium

  • Name of Artist

  • QR code for purchase
email/phone number

  • OPTIONAL: social media/website/information about prints, etc.

  • (Tag should be affixed to the art piece itself)

Purchasing Process:

  1. Purchaser points phone at QR code, makes the purchase

  2. Shows the gallery docent the purchase is complete

  3. Sends email/text to the artist’s phone/email to announce purchase 

  4. Gallery docent puts a red dot on the tag indicating purchased and writes purchaser’s name and contact information on the back of the tag

  5. Gallery docent updates inventory list with purchaser's information 

  6. Purchaser picks up art piece at the end of the conference on Sunday April 14

  7. Artist arranges payment of 15% of sale price to SWLF.

Set Up and Breakdown:

​Artists are responsible for displaying their artwork, and will be assigned time slots on Thursday, April 11th to deliver and display their pieces. A volunteer will be available to assist and show the artist their display area.

We are in need of grid-walls for displaying work -- if you can “lend” yours to the cause, please let us know in your application. Thank you!

Artists are responsible for retrieving any unsold artwork and will be assigned a time slot for picking up work on Sunday, April 14th.

Promotion and Community Outreach:

SWLF will provide images and content for posting to social media and sending to email lists so artists can promote the show.


All artists are invited to attend the Art Opening on Friday, April 12th, from 6-8pm.

Legal Responsibilities

Indemnification Statement:

By participating in the art show, each artist acknowledges and agrees that Southwest Love Fest, its staff, and volunteers shall not be held liable for any damage to or loss of property, including but not limited to art pieces displayed at the event. The artist accepts full responsibility for insuring their own works and releases Southwest Love Festival, its staff, and volunteers from any claims, liabilities, or expenses arising from such damage or loss. Participation in the art show constitutes the artist's understanding and acceptance of these terms.

March 21st

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