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Neil Gates

The Lovers | 7.4″ x 11.67″ | copper, aquamarine gemstones, and black south sea pearls | 2020

Artist Statement

Seahorses have been naturally living their lives in non-traditional and at times non-binary relations for centuries. When people argue that certain actions are not normal, the seahorses are proof that nature includes all aspects and roles.

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Metropolitan Museum Of Design Detroit

MR/QD Is Made Possible BY

Artists stipends made possible by Kresge Arts in Detroit

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About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.