Launched in 2010, this year-long, intergenerational mentorship program pairs 10 emerging artists with 10 established artists working in five disciplines: Literary, Performance, Film, Visual Arts, and Curatorial. 

2016-2017 Fellows

2016-2017 MENTORS



QUEER|ART|MENTORSHIP was founded on the belief that the more vibrant and supported the queer artistic community is, the more porous its boundaries will become, thereby cultivating superior artistry and sustainable creative careers.

Honoring the differences between the generations within the queer artistic community and the diversity of choices, values, esthetics, and opportunities in artists’ lives, the program supports a rich communion, working against a natural segregation between generations and disciplines. Its goal is to build an interconnected web of queer artists of all generations and mediums who know each other and each other’s work.

QUEER|ART|MENTORSHIP was created to support artists in the process of creating this community.



The program is a year in length. It is largely driven by the unique character of each of the mentor/fellow pairs according to their respective needs and habits of communication, although once-a-month meeting commitments will be suggested. The program coordinators engage in an ongoing dialogue with the mentors and fellows in an effort to ensure that the program best serve its participants.

The entire group of mentor/fellow pairs will also convene for three short meetings throughout the cycle. The goal of the limited group-wide meetings is to encourage dialogues between all levels of participants and between all disciplines. It has been shown in a variety of fields that implement mentor programs that the mentor-to-mentor dialogue that occurs in mentor programs is as significant to the program’s success in developing the field as any that occurs directly between mentor and mentee.

Fellows apply to QUEER|ART|MENTORSHIP with a specific project that they would like to undertake during the course of the mentorship. Projects may be in-progress, and they do not need to be “finished” by the end of the program. Proposing a project is a way to introduce oneself to potential mentors, and working on that project in dialogue with a mentor is a way to focus the development of the relationship. Keeping Queer|Art|Mentorship project-based will also provide a manner by which to assess, and modify if necessary, the program’s long-term effectiveness in facilitating and supporting the actual creation of new work.


History & Context

QUEER|ART|MENTORSHIP is an outgrowth of the Queer|Art|Film series presented monthly at the IFC Center in downtown Manhattan. Both were inspired by the lack of support for queer content in mass media, the absence of mentors of who would have been in the generation most strongly affected by AIDS, and the dearth of examples of sustainable alternative careers.

QUEER|ART|MENTORSHIP does not expect any kind of specific content in terms of artists’ work or how queerness manifests within and around it, but it gives space and support for conversations about what it means to generate and curate queer work in New York City and America.

The program aims to give a sense of the value of queer work and cultivate a collection of voices that amplify the queer artistic experience. As New York City is a locus of creative capital in the US and abroad, the work encouraged by the program will radiate out and impact the broader culture as well.


Applications for the 2016-2017 cycle are now closed. Applications for the 2017-2018 cycle will open in the Summer of 2017.


Before you can receive the application you must submit a simple Intention to Apply. All that is required for this form is your name, email address, and discipline. Once submitted you will receive an email with a link to complete the application process. 

Email the following information to intent[at] with the subject line “2016-2017 QAM INTENT TO APPLY”:


Email Address:

*Discipline that you are applying in:

*Select no more than two of the following disciplines: literary, film (includes experimental, non-fiction, or narrative), visual arts, performing arts (includes performance, theater, dance, or music), and curatorial arts (in any kind of medium; e.g. galleries, books, etc.)



After completing the Intent to Apply you will be emailed a link to submit the following application materials through the online application form. The completed application including letters of recommendation is due by August 10, 2016:

  • Name, address, and contact info
  • Describe a formative experience you’ve had with queer culture (Up to 1500 Characters, including spaces. Approximately 250 words).
  • Describe your art; how you and it have evolved; and where you would like to see yourself and your art develop. Please reference the work samples submitted in this application (Up to 3000 Characters, including space. Approximately 500 words).
  • Describe a specific project you’d like to work on in the next year and share with a Mentor over the 2015-2016 Mentorship cycle (Up to 3000 Characters, including spaces. Approximately 500 words).
  • Describe why you’re interested in the Queer|Art|Mentorship Program; what you feel participation would do for your life, art, and career; and what you can offer to the Mentor relationship and other participants in the Program (Up to 1500 Characters, including spaces. Approximately 250 words).

***There is a $12 application fee***

3) CV

2 pages max., uploaded as a PDF.



Please use the following specifications when formatting your work sample materials:

Visual Art

Submit up to 12 images using the following specifications:

  • File size: No larger than 10MB (each)
  • File formats accepted: .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .tif, .tiff, .bmp, .tga
  • Include title, medium, and year in description

Manuscript or Scripts

Upload a PDF that includes:

  • A title page with your name, title of your work(s), and year the work(s) was completed.
  • Up to 10 pages of screenplay, prose, poetry, or play which best represent your work within the past five years. If you are excerpting a larger work, you are strongly advised to include substantial portions, rather than small fragments. Documents must be in manuscript form, double spaced with 12 point typeface.
  • File format: PDF
  • File size: No larger than 20MB (each)

Film and Video

For Film and Video you may submit one or two recent (within the last five years) work samples via upload or online link. The panel will view 10-12 minutes of your work sample. If submitting longer work, please specify 10-12 minute segment for panel to review in the description.

  • File size: No larger than 500MB (each)
  • File formats accepted: .m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .flv, .asf, .mpeg, .mpg, .mkv
  • Online links: Via YouTube or Vimeo only (link must be public, no passwords)
  • Include title, length, and year in description


Sound files may be submitted via upload or online link. The panel will review 10-12 minutes of your work sample. If submitting longer work, please specify 10-12 minute segment for panel to review in the description.

  • File size: No larger than 60MB (each)
  • File formats accepted: .mp3, .wma, .ogg, .flac
  • Online links: Via SoundCloud only
  • Include title, length, and year in description



Please ask for two letters of recommendation from individuals who are  familiar with your goals and artistic work (max 500 words each). Requests submitted through SlideRoom application.

If you applied to a previous QAM cycles, your letter of recommendation is on file and will be accepted.

Please make sure to select previous year you applied on the first page of the application.


For further questions about application, work sample specifications, and other requirements please email Program Coordinator, Vanessa Haroutunian at application[at] or call (212) 431-0147.

Past Mentors and Fellows

2015-2016 Fellows & Mentors

  • Rodrigo Bellott -- Silas Howard (Film)
  • Monstah Black -- Arthur Aviles (Performing Arts)
  • Caroline Wells Chandler -- Angela Dufresne (Visual Arts)
  • Erin Greenwell -- Stacie Passon (Film)
  • Doron Langberg -- Avram Finkelstein (Visual Arts)
  • Jakob Matkov -- Jaime Manrique (Literary)
  • Mylo Mendez -- Thomas Allen Harris (Film)
  • Eva Peskin & Justine Williams -- Talvin Wilks (Performing Arts)
  • Hugh Ryan -- Shannon Michael Cane (Curatorial)
  • Brendan Williams-Childs -- Sarah Schulman (Literary)

2014-2015 Fellows & Mentors

  •  Morgan Bassichis -- Jibz Cameron aka “Dynasty Handbag” (Performing Arts) 
  • Arisleyda Dilone -- Yoruba Richen (Film)
  • Zachary Frater -- Bradford Nordeen (Curatorial)
  • Shannon Keating -- James Lecesne (Literary)
  • Luce Capco Lincoln -- Thomas Allen Harris (Film)
  • Samantha Nye -- Carrie Moyer (Visual Arts)
  • Maia Cruz Palileo -- Chitra Ganesh (Visual Arts)
  • Rebecca Patek -- Caden Manson (Performing Arts)
  • Grey Vild -- Stacy Szymaszek (Literary)
  • Steven Wilsey -- Stacie Passon (Film)

2013-2014 Fellows & Mentors

  • Seyi Adebanjo -- Yoruba Richen (Film)
  • Ella Boureau -- Moe Angelos (Performing Arts)
  • Bridget de Gersigny -- Carlos Motta (Visual Arts)
  • Nicole Goodwin -- Jaime Manrique (Literary)
  • Rick Herron -- Pati Hertling (Curatorial)
  • Peter Knegt -- James Lecesne (Literary)
  • Natalia Leite -- Rose Troche (Film)
  • Troy Michie -- Geoff Chadsey (Visual Arts)
  • Colin Self and Lain Kay -- Caden Manson (Performing Arts)
  • Xeňa Stanislavovna Semjonová -- Geo Wyeth (Performing Arts)

2012-2013 Fellows & Mentors

  • Kyle Coniglio -- Geoff Chadsey (Visual Arts)
  • Michael De Angelis -- Dan Hurlin (Performing Arts)
  • Kerry Downey -- Angela Dufresne (Visual Arts)
  • Thomas Dozol -- Billy Miller (Curatorial)
  • Camilo Godoy -- Carlos Motta (Visual Arts)
  • Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel -- Kimberly Reed (Film)
  • Ryan Henneberry -- Sarah Schulman (Literary)
  • Melissa Li -- Moe Angelos (Performing Arts)
  • Ricky Maldonado -- Stacy Szymaszek (Literary)
  • iele paloumpis -- Trajal Harrell (Performing Arts)
  • Lauren Wolkstein -- Rose Troche (Film)

2011-2012 Fellows & Mentors

  • Hima B -- Matt Wolf (Film)
  • Jess Barbagallo -- Stacy Szymaszek (Literary)
  • Yve Laris Cohen -- Justin Vivian Bond (Performing Arts)
  • Pilar Gallego -- Nicole Eisenman (Visual Arts)
  • Pati Hertling -- Hilton Als (Literary)
  • Darren Jones -- Jonathan David Katz (Curatorial)
  • Saeed Jones -- Sarah Schulman (Literary)
  • Xavi Marrades -- Barbara Hammer (Film)
  • Edward McDonald -- Jennie Livingston (Film)
  • Tommy Pico -- Pamela Sneed (Literary)
  • Harrison Rivers -- John Kelly (Performing Arts)
  • Guadalupe Rosales -- Louise Fishman (Visual Arts)
  • Jacolby Satterwhite -- Angela Dufresne (Visual Arts)
  • Justin Sayre -- Everett Quinton (Performing Arts)
  • Aldrin Valdez -- Deborah Kass (Visual Arts)


Who are our mentors?

Mentorship is for professionally established, New York-based, mid-to advanced-career artists who work within at least one of the five disciplines of literary, film, performing, visual, and curatorial arts.


How do we choose mentors?

Participation in mentorship is by invitation.


Who are our fellows?

The program is for artists who are:

  • self-identified queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender
  • New York City-based
  • early-career and professionally focused, with a body of work already behind them

Artists must be working at a generative level within at least one of the following disciplines:

  • literary (writers of fiction, poetry, nonfiction)
  • film (screenwriters and directors)
  • performing arts (performance artists, playwrights, directors, choreographers)
  • visual (visual artists of all kinds)
  • curatorial arts (using any kind of medium—e.g. books, festivals, exhibits, etc.

Fellows must apply to Queer|Art|Mentorship with a specific project that they would like to undertake during the course of the mentorship.

We look for artists who would receive maximum benefit from the resources of the Program and would bring diverse experiences and perspectives to the Program community.


How do we choose fellows?

To choose fellows we use a two-step juried review to select artists whose work and life reflect a thoughtful engagement with queer communities, stories, histories, politics, and/or aesthetics, and who demonstrate an earnest interest in and need for mentorship.

We convene single juries for each level of the selection process, in which each of the five disciplines are represented, in an effort to curate a well-balanced overall fellowship and mentorship group through the input of professional curators, academics, artistic directors, editors, and presenters throughout New York City.