2019 has been a tough year for pro-life artists. Earlier this year, at the San Francisco Walk for Life, a group of pro-life students got kicked out of an art gallery just for being pro-life. Literally just existing. Today brings a hauntingly similar story about an artist’s show being canceled because of his pro-life beliefs.
Brett Lempe is an artist who lives in Colorado. He is a full-time professional artist, recent convert to Catholicism, and as of last week, a victim of discrimination. Brett has been diligently creating beautiful pieces of art that were scheduled to be displayed at a local venue in August. That is, until one of the owners decided that pro-life people were not allowed to participate.
One would think, from this message, that the venue denied Brett’s participation because his art was politically-charged in some way. Does this painting look controversial to you?
None of the art to be displayed was sending a deliberate message. Brett certainly took notice of the real motive. See his social media response to this rejection below:
Brett decided not to pursue legal action for viewpoint discrimination, opting instead to seek out a more inclusive, open-minded locale to display his work. This whole thing was a shameful display of intolerance, but it’s really a loss for the people who would have otherwise enjoyed his beautiful artwork.
Art is for free thinkers… right? So why are purveyors of art determined to shut their doors to people who are different than them? We hope the next venue lucky enough to showcase Brett’s art is a bit more respectful of him as a person.