Arts Brief: "Fearless" LGBT Athletes
Jeff Sheng's photography exhibit features out LGBT high school and college athletes and will be on display in Cotter for two weeks.
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Queer artist Jeff Sheng’s popular photography exhibit Fearless will be opening in Cotter Union this Wednesday, November 3.
The exhibit is a series of photographs of openly, self-identifying lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) high school and college athletes. The photographs will be mounted on the staircase leading up to the Pub and Campus Life Office for two weeks.
The exhibit has been featured at 40 other colleges and high schools, at ESPN headquarters and at the Vancouver Winter Olympics this past winter.
In addition to the opening on Wednesday, the artist will be giving a talk on his work in the Lower Programming space (LoPo) at 7:30 p.m.
The event and exhibit are sponsored by The Bridge, with funding from the Colby College Museum of Art, Athletic Department, Art Department, Campus Life and the Office of the President.
“The goal [of the exhibit] is to show the often underrepresented field of LGBT athletes…it challenges the notions that all athletes are straight and that all sports teams are homophobic,” Pat Adams ’13, one of the event’s organizers, said. “I'm really hoping Colby students–athletes and otherwise– take a serious look at the individuals [in the photographs] and think about how homophobia can be particularly harsh in an athletic environment."