QUEER|ART|MENTORSHIP pairs emerging artists with
established artists in a year-long exchange across five different fields: Film, Literature, Performance,
Visual Art, and Curatorial Practice. 

2016-2017 Fellows & mentors

chris-blue

CHRIS BLUE
FELLOW | FILM

kimberly-mayhorn

KIMBERLY MAYHORN
MENTOR | FILM

Blue is working with Mentor, multi-disciplinary artist Kimberly Mayhorn on a forthcoming film regarding Mozart's last universal and transcendental composition.

anna-campbell

ANNA CAMPBELL
FELLOW | VISUAL ART

liz-collins

LIZ COLLINS
MENTOR | VISUAL ART

Campbell is working with Mentor, artist/designer Liz Collins on a sculptural series entitled Apparatus for a Dream Sequence, drawing from the alchemy of furniture-adjacent sculptural forms whose curious composition and capacity for material metaphor help to deconstruct our plastic world.

ashton-cooper

ASHTON COOPER
FELLOW | CURATORIAL PRACTICE

margaret-ewing

MARGARET EWING
MENTOR | CURATORIAL PRACTICE

Cooper is working with Mentor, curator Margaret Ewing on a show about queer abstraction and camouflage, exploring how abstraction, specifically, can function as a form of protection, diversion, or camouflage in image-making and queer representation.

emily-hashimoto

EMILY U. HASHIMOTO
FELLOW | LITERATURE

sarah-schulman

SARAH SCHULMAN
MENTOR | LITERATURE

Hashimoto is working with Mentor, author Sarah Schulman on her novel about two queer women of color over the course of ten years, following them as they grow away from and towards each other.

heather-johnson

HEATHER LYNN JOHNSON
FELLOW | LITERATURE

pamela-sneed

PAMELA SNEED
MENTOR | LITERATURE

Johnson is working with Mentor, poet Pamela Sneed on a poetic guide to survival for the black and queer in America utilizing personal dreams, familial history, and life experience to inform the piece.

jamal-lewis

JAMAL T. LEWIS
FELLOW | FILM

stephen-winter

STEPHEN WINTER
MENTOR | FILM

Lewis is working with Mentor, filmmaker Stephen Winter on a documentary entitled No Fats, No Femmes about desire, body image, and sexual racism. 

jordan-martin

JORDAN A. MARTIN
FELLOW | PERFORMANCE

arthur-aviles

ARTHUR AVILES
MENTOR | PERFORMANCE

Martin is working with Mentor, dancer/choreographer Arthur Aviles on the next episode of Teaching to Transgressions, a performance lecture series, creating obfuscated re-performances of the works of artist, activist, writer, director Lois Weaver.

rodrigo-moreira

RODRIGO MOREIRA
FELLOW | VISUAL ART

avram-finkelstein

AVRAM FINKELSTEIN
MENTOR | VISUAL ART

Moreira is working with Mentor, artist/writer Avram Finkelstein on a project entitled NSA - No Strings Attached, documenting a fictional relationship based on love, fetishism and domination through photography and text.

christina-quintana

CHRISTINA QUINTANA
FELLOW | PERFORMANCE

moe-angelos

MOE ANGELOS
MENTOR | PERFORMANCE

Quintana is working with Mentor, performer/writer Moe Angelos on a novel engaging with the historical narratives of Weeksville, one of America’s first free black communities, and a Dutch settler's romantic relationship with an enslaved man in New Amsterdam (circa 1650) to explore some of the missing stories of same sex love and lust among American slaves.

virgil-taylor

VIRGIL B/G TAYLOR
FELLOW | VISUAL ART

carrie-yamaoka

CARRIE YAMAOKA
MENTOR | VISUAL ART

Taylor is working with Mentor, artist Carrie Yamaoka on a series of online publications examining the history of HIV/AIDS alongside that of the internet from the perspective of a generation born in the early 1990s.

About

Mission

QUEER|ART|MENTORSHIP was founded to develop an intergenerational and interdisciplinary network of support and shared knowledge for LGBTQ artists. The program nurtures exchange between artists at all levels of their careers, working against a natural segregation between generations and disciplines. 

 

Structure

The program is a year in length. Fellows apply with a specific project they would like to work on during the program. Proposing a project is a way to introduce oneself to 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 also provides 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.

The program is largely driven by the unique character of each Mentor/Fellow pairing, organized through individual monthly meetings. Fellows also meet each month as a group in an environment that provides an opportunity for sharing ideas across disciplines and gathering further support among peers. The entire group of Mentor/Fellow pairs also convenes for two dinners throughout the cycle, hosted by Queer|Art. Throughout the year, Queer|Art staff engage in an ongoing dialogue with the Mentors and Fellows in an effort to ensure that the program best serves its participants. Further opportunities for ongoing career education and development will be sought out as the unique needs of each group of Fellows are assessed.

The program culminates with an exhibition in which a manifestation of each fellow’s project will be presented. This exhibition, known as the QAM Annual, is organized in collaboration with the Program Coordinator. While projects may be in-progress and do not need to be “finished” by the end of the program, participation in the QAM Annual provides structure for marking tangible progress as an outcome of the program.

 

History & Context

Queer|Art|Mentorship was born of a need to address the lack of support for queer content in a variety of cultural sectors and the scarcity of examples of sustainable careers for LGBTQ artists. A sensitivity to the absence of mentors who would have emerged from the generation most strongly affected by AIDS is also a palpable and driving force behind the program. The program launched in 2011.

Queer|Art|Mentorship aims to expand the perceived value of queer work and cultivate a collection of voices that amplify 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. The program does not expect any kind of specific content in terms of artists’ work or how queerness manifests within and around it.

 

Who should apply?

Queer|Art|Mentorship is for artists who are:

     • self-identified as queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender
     • New York City-based
     • early-career and professionally focused, with a body of work already behind them
     • Not currently enrolled in school or university

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

     • Film
     • Literature
     • Performance
     • Visual Art
     • Curatorial Practice

Artists are required to have a specific project they’d like to work on with a mentor during the program.

We look for artists who stand to receive maximum benefit from the resources of the program and bring diverse experiences and perspectives to the Queer|Art community.

APPLY

Applications for the 2016-2017 cycle are now closed. Applications for the 2017-2018 cycle will open June 1, 2017.

1) SUBMIT INTENT TO APPLY - DUE JUNE 30, 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]queerartmentorship.org with the subject line “2017-2018 QAM INTENT TO APPLY”.

Include the information below exactly as formatted. No other information is required.

Name:

Email Address:

Field: Chose from this list - Film, Literature, Performance, Visual Art, or Curatorial Practice

How I heard about the program:

 

2) COMPLETE APPLICATION - DUE JULY 31, 2017

After completing the Intent to Apply you will be emailed a link to submit required application materials through an online application form. The completed application, including submitted letters of recommendation, will be due by July 31, 2017.

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

The application fee covers an additional charge for individual use of SlideRoom, the online software we use to organize applications. The fee does not profit Queer|Art.

To preview required content for the application, follow the link below.

3) ACCEPTANCE

Mentors convene in September with Queer|Art staff to review applications and make selections as a group for inviting applicants to participate in the program. The program generally accepts 10 Fellows each year, with approximately 2 Fellows selected per field (Film, Literature, Performance, Visual Art, or Curatorial Practice). All applicants will be notified as to the status of their application by October 1st.

 

4) DURATION

The program begins in October and culminates with the QAM Annual at the end of the following year, which generally takes place in November.

 

QUESTIONS?

Please carefully review our Frequently Asked Questions at the link below before contacting us with questions about the program or application process. Thank you!

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)