trans/draw Exhibition and Events

November 17-December 10

In collaboration with the Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance, and in recognition of Trans Awareness month, Gallery 263 was pleased to present the Special Exhibition trans/draw. The 12 Greater Boston-based artists featured in this show explore the power of drawing as a mechanism to express and reflect on the trans experience. Their practices span a variety of media, from traditional pencil on paper, to sculpture and video.

Please visit our Exhibition Page for more detailed information about the participating artists and their work.


On Saturday November 19, artists, friends, and gallery visitors gathered together to mark the opening of the trans/draw exhibition.  This warm and bustling event provided opportunities for conversation, connection, and celebration.

The exhibition and reception were covered by Samuel Adams in Big, Red and Shiny, who described Gallery 263 as “a cozy space with windows on two of its four walls. Not far from Central Square, it is exposed to the street, but on this occasion felt like a retreat, a safe space for artists and viewers.” He went on to remark that, “At the exhibition’s opening, a community coalesced around art in a humble and generous way and, I suppose on account of the community’s intimacy and political involvement, one woman leaned in to remark, “this kind of event could only happen in a city like Boston.” ”


A gather on December 3rd was held to continue the spirit of visibility and solidarity created by the trans/draw exhibition and reception.

Participants supported Black & Pink: a group that responds to violence of the prison industrial complex against LGBTQ people with advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing, by writing and decorating holiday greeting cards for incarcerated LGBTQIA people.

Matthew, a practicing lawyer, was also on hand to answer questions and provide resources for individuals seeking to legally change their names or gender designations.

Interested in learning more about these processes? Contact Matthew at, or find him on Twitter @mattbc