When my business partner, Tucker Pierce, and I started working on Westminster Press, we wanted to do one thing: make gay art. But as we began to sell our products online and at fairs around the St. Louis area, we discovered something else: despite the many customers and admirers genuinely excited to see work like ours, there is a lack of space in which to critically engage with identity based art. So we've decided take action by creating such a space, not just for ourselves, but for all artists of marginalized identities--inclusive of women, queer folk, people of color, and all other makers whose work currently exists in the margins of the traditional art world. We plan to establish a gallery and retail consignment store that will not only bring awareness to the issues affecting diverse groups but also allow these artists to profit from their own work. Our goal is to build agency for underrepresented artists and to foster community around art that is inclusive of all experiences. As we search for a physical location and continue to define our space, we want to keep in touch with you, our friends, followers, customers, and family, about the many achievements and obstacles we are sure to face. As we move forward, please to reach out to us with questions, opportunities to collaborate, and unsolicited advice. Tucker and I have a long journey ahead of us, but we're so excited to travel it with you.
Nick Curry, Co-director of Westminster Press