Making art has the power to transform trauma and depict the many facets and faces of mental health and physical health that can be easily misunderstood. Artists can externalize and translate their embodied experiences as acts of healing and understanding. Gallery 263 invites artists to submit to bittersweet, a national juried show that considers wellness and self-care in an ever-evolving world.

Submission Deadline: Sunday, December 18 at 11:59pm, submissions have now closed
Exhibition Dates: February 9–March 11, 2023

About the Juror

Vanessa Leroy (b. 1996) is a freelance photographer and photo editor based in Boston, Massachusetts. She holds a BFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She remains on the hunt for new ways of seeing, remembering, and altering the world through photography. She is drawn to image-making because of the power it holds to create nuanced representation for marginalized people and uplift their stories. She sees photography as a tool for social justice, and with it, she hopes to create worlds that people feel as though they can enter and draw from, as well as provide a look into an experience that they may not personally recognize.

Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street JournalNPR, STAT News, Bloomberg, and exhibited at Gallery Kayafas in Boston, MA — where she is represented.


Header: Image courtesy of Vanessa Leroy

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