Don't Say Gay

This is a both a Physical and Supplemental Virtual Online OPEN CALL exhibition that will open at The Royal @ RSOAA on May 27th. The exhibition will focus on LGBT+ and allied artists expressing their perspective's integrity while LGBT+ rights and social progress are once again threatened. June is Pride Month in the United States to commemorate 1969's Stonewall riots, a pivotal event in LGBT+ equality. In this spirit, we invite artists to explore their definitions of pride, equality, sexual orientation and identity through color.

How to Apply

to create an
Artist Profile


  1. Create an Artist Profile Before Applying for the Physical and Supplemental Virtual Online OPEN CALL Exhibition
    To create an Artist Profile, you must Register to The Royal List. If you already have an Artist Profile, then you can Apply for the Open Call at any time!
  2. The artworks in your Artist Profile will be used for selection
    Once you Login, go to your "My Account" page to upload up to 12 artworks, add title descriptions, and edit your profile.
  3. Artworks Details and Information
    Artwork information such as title, medium, and size should be included for all pieces. An image of the selected artwork will be taken directly from the Artist Profile and used on the RSOAA website and social media platforms.
  4. Select the "Click Here to Apply Now!" button
    The "Click Here to Apply Now!" button will verify if you have already created an Artist Profile and allow The Royal to know the artists that are participating in the Virtual Online OPEN CALL Exhibition. Artists will be notified for inclusion within days of the deadline.
  5. Submit Entry Fee for the OPEN CALL: $10
    You do not need to pay to have an Artist Profile on The Royal List. If you wish to participate in the Physical and Supplemental Virtual Online OPEN CALL and be in the exhibition at The Royal @ RSOAA - the entry fee is $10.


David Gorman

David bought his first artwork at 24 and continues to collect ardently. A native of Miami, David graduated from Columbia and was an investment professional for 20 years. He later pursued entrepreneurial projects ranging from an Australian cattle ranch to a Project Runway winner fashion startup. David’s interest in the art market includes how emerging artists can elevate their visibility with collectors and institutions.

Jason Clay Lewis

Jason Clay Lewis is an artist and the Director of The Royal @ The Royal Society of American Art in Brooklyn, New York where his responsibilities include curating and promotion of all gallery exhibitions as well as the day to day running of the RSOAA studios. Originally coming to New York on an apprenticeship at Universal Limited Art Editions. This experience allowed him to work along side Jasper Johns as his personal studio assistant. His years of experience as an artist and art professional working in and around the New York art world has allowed him to both show and curate extensively in New York and internationally.

Tianlan Deng

Tianlan Deng was the grand winning commissioned artist by Gatton College of Business and Economics (USA), for its Atrium Glass Wall Design, which features its permanent collection. Deng’s works involve text-based installation, projected media, architectural design, and traditional Asian painting. He uses miniature dioramas, light, shadow, and video to create immersive experiences to unveil hidden similarities between current Chinese and American education and political agendas. His works are exhibited internationally in the USA, Europe, and Asia.

The Royal List at the Royal Society of American Art (RSOAA) is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (Map).