The ceremony that took place at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art Gala in New York on Monday night saw the Chicago-born artist receive the specially created award by visual artist Jonathan Lyndon Chase.
According to the press release, she embodies “Leslie-Lohman’s guiding values of queer liberation and magic.”
Via a post on Instagram Dijon wrote: “I am filled with so much love and joy today.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this honor and to be surrounded by so many friends, pioneers, and legends of New York that came out to support was truly deeply emotional and humbling for me.”
She ends her statement with the line: “I felt like the most beautiful and powerful woman on earth.”
A special honour was also given to Jamaican-American artist, curator and art historian Margaret Rose Vendryes, who died earlier this year.
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The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art celebrates artists and names related to the LGBTQIA+ community by collecting and preserving around 30,000 artefacts and was founded by J. Frederic Lohman and Charles W. Leslie.
Check out some of Dijon’s snaps from the awards night below.
Written by: Tim Hopkins