CNY PRIDE FAMILIES: The Art of Ellen M. Blalock

May 7, 2011 to June 18, 2011

This exhibit was a portrait of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender  families in Central New York communities. Through it we sought to challenge and change damaging myths and stereotypes about LGBT people and their families. We hoped to contribute to the process of dismantling the destructive power of prejudice and intolerance. The photographs displayed positive images and first person accounts which relay the stories of LGBT people and their families here in the Central New York area.

In 2007 and 2011 Ellen M. Blalock collaborated with Light Work and LGBT Resource Center at Syracuse University to build a portrait series of Central New York Pride Families. The portraits reflect diversity in terms of sexual orientation, gender identity, age and race. Not all the portraits include children. Each family identified their members, sometimes including friends, ex-partners, grandparents and grandchildren. Many are portraits of domestic partners, some legal married. Some writings were done by children. One child explained what it is like to have two moms. Some partners included the vows from their union ceremony.

This ArtRage exhibition included some of the 2007 portraits and the 2011 portraits. CNY Pride Families is a portrait series to celebrate the togetherness and strength and loving families.

Thanks to our exhibition sponsors: Blythe Bennett, Carol & Jerry Berrigan, John & Dolores Brule, Barb Garii, Julie Gozan & Tom Keck, Giancarlo & Annamarie Moneti, Deirdre Nelson, Linda Perla, Frank Schiraldi, Dana Sovocool, Ann Tiffany & Ed Kinane, Mary Traynor and Marjory Wilkins.
Special Thanks to our Season Sponsor: Ruth Putter