Mission Statement


To create a diverse and vibrant community through the support of LGBTQ art and artists across generations and disciplines.



QUEER|ART launched in 2009 to support a generation of LGBTQ artists that lost mentors to the AIDS Crisis of the 1980s. By fostering the confident expression of LGBTQ artists’ perspectives, stories, and identities, QUEER|ART gives voice to a population that has been historically suppressed, disenfranchised, and often overlooked by traditional institutional and economic support systems.     

QUEER|ART’s interconnected programs fill a critical gap by providing an organizational apparatus that both builds the LGBTQ arts community and develops LGBTQ artists’ work and careers. By cultivating a wide array of voices, QUEER|ART amplifies the historical understanding of queer, culture and experience. As the artists QUEER|ART supports share their work with audiences around the world, the art and ideas that they explore and hone through QUEER|ART enter a wider cultural conversation and carry larger cultural impact.  


  • Lily Binns: Co-Executive Director, Pilobolus
  • Bobye List: Executive Director, The Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation
  • Sue Simon: Director, Forensic Training Institute, Physicians for Human Rights
  • Ira Sachs: Filmmaker


  • Ira Sachs: Founder & Executive Director
  • Travis Chamberlain: Managing Director
  • Vanessa Haroutunian: Program Coordinator
  • David Sheingold: Organization Development Consultant
  • Adam Baran: Co-curator, Queer|Art|Film
  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP: Legal Counsel




Institutional Partners

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Queer|Art was supported by the following institutions and individuals in 2016 - 2017:


$30,000 and above


K Period Media




$15,000 - $29,999

The Calamus Foundation DE


$5,000 - $14,999

Diane Sachs & Robert Vidulich

Ira Sachs, Sr.

Lynne Sachs & Mark Street


$1,000 - $4,999

Jo Andres & Steve Buscemi

Ali Betil

Monica Boll & Ellen Marks

Zachary Booth

Margot Bridger & Gerry Paul

Travis Chamberlain & Frank Lord

George Chauncey & Ron Gregg

Bruce Cohen

Derek Curl 

Joe Della Monica

Andrew Drabkin & Brian Hughes

Edwards/Wishnie & Wishnie/Luk Families

Jody Falco & Jeffrey Steinman

Elizabeth Giamatti

Daniel Gozzi & Matteo Sardi

Brad Greenwood & Mark Aurigemma

Andrew Haigh

Adam Hohenberg

Craig Kestel, WME-IMG Entertainment

Jonathan King

Ellen Cooper Klyce

Michael Lannan

Jisun Jamie Lee

Thure Lindhardt

Bobye List

John & Mary Lithgow

Paul Marcarelli

Alfred Molina

Yael & Oren Moverman

T. Scott Nadler

Melissa Pinsly & Franklin Zitter

Abby Pogrebin & David Shapiro

Laura Poitras

Elika Portnoy

Alan Poul & Ari Karpel

Jen & Frances Rainin

Dee Rees

David Román & Richard Meyer

Dana Sachs

Patrick Santana

Hugh & Melissa Schulze

Will Schwalbe & David Cheng

Jayne Baron Sherman

Sue Simon

Joao Soares & PJ Burks

Stephen Soba & Jonathan Arnold

Jonathan Starch & David France

Jim Stephens & Abraham Brown

L.A. Teodosio

Boris Torres

Christopher Tsai & Tsai Capital Corporation

Jason Weinberg

Paul Weitz

Mauricio Zacharias








$1 - $999

Macky Alston & Nick Gottlieb

Justine & Miguel Arteta

Casey Baker

David Brendel

Paul Brennan

Patricia Clarkson

Stuart Hinds & Christopher Leitch

Stephen Hirsh

Adam Kersh

Amos Posner

Raphael Simon & Phillip de Leon

Karen Sztajnberg in honor of Sandro Guerr

Deborah Ann & Thomas Trimble



Last updated: June 1, 2017