Art + Gender juror Susan Maasch. Contributed photo

HALLOWELL — The Harlow invites artists to submit artwork to “Art + Gender,” a juried exhibition that explores the relationship between gender and society.

Art + Gender is scheduled to be on view Aug. 6 through Sept. 11 at 100 Water St., with an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, in conjunction with Hallowell Pride. Art + Gender is open to all New England-based artists. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. July 1.

The Harlow is celebrating artists whose work explores and engages with gender issues, gender identity, and gender equity in the art world. Art will be chosen that employs a wide range of approaches. The criteria for participation in this show are that an artist was in a group that has been historically excluded from showing art, no matter the subject or art, and addresses the issues of those that have been left out. The show will include work that addresses the broader social and political questions and contexts that intersect with gender identity.

Original fine art in any media can be submitted, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, digital, printmaking, fiber, photography, mixed media, ceramics, and installation. Each artist can submit up to three works of art, which must be the artist’s own original work created within the last three years. Art that has been previously exhibited at the Harlow is not eligible. All works entered must be original work by the submitting artist. Giclees and other reproductions are not eligible.

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The exhibit is curated by Susan Leslie Maasch, who studied art history, and whose mother was a fine artist who majored in painting and sculpture. Maasch started exhibiting art in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1988. She owned two galleries in Maine with a range of contemporary art from 1996 through 2016. She enjoyed a large supportive audience and critical attention for her solo and group exhibitions.

Maasch is the founder of the Trans Youth Equality Foundation, which was established in 2007. Her office is in Portland and advocates for transgender and non-binary children and youth in Maine and beyond in their schools, communities, faith communities and homes. She co-directed this foundation with friend Jack Montgomery, a lawyer who cares about civil and human rights, and as a fine art photographer told the stories of many trans people and children through his portrait works. Together they built a foundation that was one of the first in the country and still going strong.

The Harlow is a membership-based nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, visit or email [email protected].

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