In 1989, Jonathan Katz and Mary Stratton called a meeting to discuss the founding of a new caucus during the College Art Association (CAA) convention in San Francisco. Bright pink flyers had been posted around the conference hotel to invite participants to gather and discuss what would soon become the Gay and Lesbian Caucus for Art.
The meeting room was crowded. It teemed with scholars and artists who had been searching for a space of community support. Together we formed a collective that insisted on the recognition of gay and lesbian art and scholarship in CAA and in our fields of study.
Twenty-six years later, our collective—now called the Queer Caucus for Art—continues to grow and thrive. While the outlook has shifted insofar as it has adapted to the always changing dynamics of LGBTQ communities and our respective fields of inquiry and practice in the twenty-first century, ultimately we gather for similar reasons: to sustain a critical mass of artist and academic practitioners that support, promote, and display queer critical work.
The Queer Caucus for Art invites intersectional and interdisciplinary collaborations across CAA caucuses and beyond, while continuing to provide social, intellectual, and exhibition/art event opportunities and advocacy for all of its members. Further details of QCA activities over the years can be found in the archive of newsletters located under the "news" tab at the top of the QCA homepage.