Violet Light: The Tree of Life

Violet Light: The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life Violet Light (she/her/hers) Brooklyn, 23 Violet Light (she/her) (also known as Gabriela Centeno) is a budding LGBTQ artist from Brooklyn. She’s been doing arts for a long time in her life, and now feels more confident than ever to showcase her 

T./THEGODONE: Naked

T./THEGODONE: Naked

Naked T./THEGODONE (he/him/his) Bronx, 25 Tiama AKA THEGODONE is an artist born in New York. He identifies as a Trans Man of Indigenous Descent to Native people of the land now called “America,” and he spends his time creating art pieces that explore his trauma 

Ro Maharjan: Cosmosis

Ro Maharjan: Cosmosis

Cosmosis Ro Maharjan (they/them/theirs) Brooklyn, 26 Ro is a freelance illustrator and animator based in Brooklyn, who draws inspiration from their Nepali heritage. Their colorful and celestial illustrations celebrate gender euphoria, cultural pride, and queer expression. Liberation is a world where the world is ours, 

Ransom Scott: Say Her Name

Ransom Scott: Say Her Name

Say Her Name Ransom Scott (she/her/hers) Brooklyn, 19 Ransom Scott is a bisexual trans black artist pursuing a bachelor’s in 2-D animation at Pratt Institute to achieve her dreams of becoming a storyboard artist. Ransom views art as an extension of one’s desires, experiences, and 

PhantomZ2: To The Ideal

PhantomZ2: To The Ideal

To The Ideal PhantomZ2 (they/them/theirs) Bronx, 25 PhantomZ2 is an artist from New York that seeks to bring to life the feelings and worlds harboring within them through their art. With a mixture of self-teaching and having graduated from CCNY with a Bachelor’s in art, 

Odessa Bubblegum: Trinet Treehouse

Odessa Bubblegum: Trinet Treehouse

Trinet treehouse Odessa Bubblegum (they/them/theirs) Brooklyn 20 Odessa Whitlock is a nonbinary Antiguan American multimedia artist. Recently they have been creating more pieces with their discarded braids to showcase the importance of staying connected to your inner self. Liberation, Joy, and Resistance are intertwined themes 

Meli ‘Melodrawmah’ Holdipp: Future Vision

Meli ‘Melodrawmah’ Holdipp: Future Vision

Future Vision Meli ‘Melodrawmah’ Holdipp (they/them/theirs) Brooklyn, 26 Meli ‘Melodrawmah’ is a first-generation, bisexual, multidisciplinary artist from Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Although Melodrawmah makes traditional and digital art in the realm of illustration, cartooning, photography, graphic design, and filmmaking, their main subject matter is designing digital 

Mars Harris: Injection (Creation of a man)

Mars Harris: Injection (Creation of a man)

Injection (Creation of a man) Mars Harris (he/him/his/they/them/theirs) Brooklyn, 20 Mars Harris is a CUNY Brooklyn College student. They are a nonbinary and bisexual person. Mars’s art focuses on the queer experience through the lens of grief, mental illness, and family. They are currently working 

Leah Waring Byck: Self Portrait

Leah Waring Byck: Self Portrait

Self Portrait Leah Waring Byck (they/them/theirs) Manhattan, 26 Leah was born in Manhattan, grew up in Chappaqua, and is a musician, visual artist, performer, and educator who currently teaches high school art, plays music and performs in drag. Leah has shown in a number of 

Jermaine Valentine JR: Peace of Mind

Jermaine Valentine JR: Peace of Mind

Peace of Mind Jermaine Valentine JR (he/him/his) Brooklyn, 23 Jermaine Valentine is an artist from Brooklyn NY, a self-taught photographer and creative director. I create a visualization, acceptance, visibility & harmony in my work. I believe that all people have a story someone can relate 

Jayveon Boland: Meditations on Joy

Jayveon Boland: Meditations on Joy

Meditations on Joy Jayveon Boland (he/him/his) Brooklyn, 22 Queer New York-based graphic designer Jayveon Boland has honed his skills in digital & traditional art for the past several years. Originally from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Jayveon tends to incorporate bright vibrant colors and/or madras 

Grace Toledo: Tigers Aren’t BLUE

Grace Toledo: Tigers Aren’t BLUE

Tigers Aren’t BLUE Grace Toledo (all/any) Brooklyn, 17 Grace Toledo is an asexual, aromantic, and nonbinary high school student at Urban Academy Laboratory High School. This artist focuses on drawing what makes them happy – be it original character work, animals, fanart, or so forth 

Fiona Chen: Catalyst

Fiona Chen: Catalyst

Catalyst Fiona Chen (she/her/hers) Queens, 18 Fiona Chen is a young visual artist born and raised in Brazil in a Chinese household. Art has a central role in Fiona’s life, not only as an outlet for self-expression but also as a learning tool. She is 

Eli Kan: Two Girls Fishing, Six Feet Apart

Eli Kan: Two Girls Fishing, Six Feet Apart

Two Girls Fishing, Six Feet Apart Eli Kan (they/them/theirs) Manhattan, 21 Eli Kan is currently a Studio Art major and Game Design minor at NYU who typically works in mixed-media sculpture and digital art. Their work explores queerness, technology, nature, the body, and loss. Liberation, 

Eber Sanchez: Fabian y Andres

Eber Sanchez: Fabian y Andres

Fabian y Andres Eber Sanchez (he/him/his) Brooklyn, 25 Eber Sanchez is a Mexican American Gay artist who recently moved to New York from El Paso Texas. He delves deeply into the intricacies of body language, intimacy, sexual exposure, and the nuances of gay and queer 

Dimez Cartier: WeThePeople x. SWAR

Dimez Cartier: WeThePeople x. SWAR

WeThePeople x. SWAR Dimez Cartier (they/them/theirs) Brooklyn 20 Dimez Cartier is 20-year-old [as of making this], black non-binary trans activist and artist. They love the color pink, everything flamboyant and bright, and curating virtual and in person safe spaces for their intersectional communities :). Liberation, 

Devyn Aziah: GALACTIC INCLUSION

Devyn Aziah: GALACTIC INCLUSION

GALACTIC INCLUSION Devyn Aziah (he/him/his/they/them/theirs) Manhattan 22 Devyn Aziah Bennett is a trans man born and raised in NJ and is a queer self-taught artist. He’s been expressing himself through creative activities his whole life, currently building a platform for themselves via Instagram and Tik 

Darian Acevedo: Trans Joy

Darian Acevedo: Trans Joy

Trans Joy Darian Acevedo (they/them/theirs) Queens, 23 Darian Acevedo is a 23-year-old queer, genderfluid, Latinx (Dominican), mixed media artist. They are based in New York and go by the artist’s name Ants and Teeth. Liberation, Joy, and Resistance looks like a black trans man loving 

Casper: Trans Joy

Casper: Trans Joy

Trans joy Casper (he/him/his) Brooklyn, 19 Casper is a queer trans Arab artist whose art is a reflection of his feelings as well as his identity and spaces around him. He uses his art as a voice in the public eye to advocate for change. 

2024 YAS ONLINE EXHIBITION

2024 YAS ONLINE EXHIBITION

ENTER VIEWING ROOM The 2024 Brooklyn YAS Youth LGBTQ+ Art Contest Theme was: Liberation, Joy, and Resistance Zé Kielwagen is mentoring the winner. What the judges looked for: 1. Creativity: originality of the piece and how the artist expresses their unique perspective through it. 2.