“Gender Treason” by painter and visual artist Ryan Wilks is a year-long project to document the various realities of queer persons living in Kansas City through in-person interviews, photography, audio-recording, transcription and oil paintings. The Inspiration Grant will fund the expense of printing key elements from the interviews in vinyl lettering to be placed next to the 12 large scale oil paintings to be showcased at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in the lower level gallery. Gender Treason aspires to tell the story of Queer Kansas City, to convey relatable humanity despite vast differences, and to help the public bond with both common and uncommon struggles and victories.
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