2016-2016 Fellows and Mentors


Chris Blue (1993, Washington D.C.) is an American artist whose work focuses on illustrations of human consciousness. He is a member of dggd collective, appears in The Magic Flute, an opera in 6 steps written by Vaginal Davis, and was an artist-in-residence at The Residency at McDonald's. Chris has a BFA in Studio Art from New York University.


Kimberly Mayhorn is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist utilizing installation, sculpture, theatre, dance, sound and film/video. The Brooklyn-based artist is a Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Fellow. Kimberly creates large-scale, site-responsive installations, assemblages, and sculptures that are process-driven and often influenced by a historical context, then stripped away from their initial motivation, pared down to a singular thought and built back up slowly to create a new language and narrative in her artwork. Kimberly is an Emmy nominated video editor with 20 years experience working in the television industry at networks such as NBC, CNN, CBS, and MTV.

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


Anna Campbell is a visual artist who’s work deconstructs otherwise legible signifiers of gender and heteronormativity using sculpture, site-specific installation and the design of ephemera. Campbell’s work is in the collections of numerous universities, the MoMA Library, The Center for Book Arts, and the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Campbell divides her time between New York, where she maintains a studio, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she teaches sculpture, installation and curation as Associate Professor in the Art & Design Department at Grand Valley State University.


Liz Collins is a New York City-based artist and designer. Liz received a BFA and MFA in Textiles at RISD in 1991 and 1999. Liz’s solo exhibitions have been at the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY; Heller Gallery and the Textile Arts Center in New York City; AMP Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts; AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island; and at the Knoxville Museum of Art in Tennessee. Liz has received many awards and accolades, including a United States Artist Target Fellowship, a MacColl Johnson Fellowship, and a CeCArtsLink Grant. Liz has done residencies at Haystack, Yaddo, Occidental College, and AIR Alaska.

Campbell will be 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 is a Brooklyn-based independent writer and curator. She is currently organizing “Read My Lips” — a two-person show of the work of Loren Britton and Kerry Downey — that will open at the Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens this November. Recent writing projects include an essay for a publication on artist Ellen Cantor to be released by Capricious in late 2016 as well as a catalog essay for Mira Dancy’s exhibition at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai. Her writing has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Modern Painters, Hyperallergic, Artinfo.com, Cultured, Art + Auction, Pelican Bomb, ASAP Journal, and Jezebel. She is the director of Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in New York.



Margaret Ewing is a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, where she is co-organizer of Kai Althoff: and then leave me to the common swifts (opening September 2016). Past exhibitions include Pierre Huyghe: Untilled (2015), The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World (2014), and Carol Bove: The Equinox (2013). A specialist in contemporary art, her critical writings have appeared in Artforum, among other publications. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Art History from the University of Illinois and a B.A. in History from Oberlin College.

Cooper will be 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 U. Hashimoto is a writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a VONA/Voices alumna, and her writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Kalyani Magazine, Bitch Magazine, and Indiewire. She received her BA from Douglass College at Rutgers University and her MS from Pratt Institute.


Sarah Schulman’s 18 books include the 2016 novel The Cosmopolitans, which Kirkus called “A Modern Classic.” Her new nonfiction book, forthcoming in October, is “Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair.” A playwright, screenwriter, journalist and AIDS historian, Sarah is co-founder of MIX: NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival, now in its 30th year. Her awards include a Guggenheim (Playwrighting), Fulbright (Judaic Studies) and the Kessler Prize for Significant Contribution to LGBT Studies.

Hashimoto will be 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 Lynn Johnson is a writer, photographer, performance artist and poet, living in New York. Her work is characterized by its lyricism and cultural critique. Through the use of imagery and the written word, Johnson explores being other-ed in a consumerist society by mining the history of gender, sexuality, and the racialized body. Johnson received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BA from Columbia College Chicago both in Photography. Her work has been exhibited nationally and most recently at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture's exhibition of Ntozake Shange's choreopoem i found god in myself.


Pamela Sneed is a New York-based poet, writer and actress. She has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Time Out, Bomb, VIBE, and on the cover of New York Magazine. In 2015, she appeared in Art Forum and The Huffington Post. At current, she teaches in the department of Journalism and Communication at LIU and is online faculty at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute teaching Human Rights and Writing Art. In 2016, She performed at the Poetry Project, NYU and Pratt Universities, Smack Mellon Gallery, was an artist- in- residence at Poet-Linc, Lincoln Center Education, and directed a final showcase at Lincoln Center Atrium. Her forthcoming Chapbook, Sweet Dreams, will be published by Belladonna in 2017.

Johnson will be 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 T. Lewis is a multidisciplinary artist, cultural worker and writer living in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York, hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. Their work interrogates and explores identity formation, loneliness, ugliness, desire(ability), race, class, gender, and sexuality. They are currently in pre-production for their debut documentary film, No Fats, No Femmes. Jamal is deeply invested in and concerned about creating and archiving stories that complicates and expands Black history, especially those of marginalized communities: poor, trans, gender non-conforming, fat, dis/abled, and various other locators language cannot reach, contain and/or hold. Put simply, Jamal is a Black faggot who won't hush his-her mouth.


Stephen Winter is an award winning filmmaker who has worked with Steve Harvey, Lee Daniels, John Cameron Mitchell, Xan Cassavetes, John Krokidas, David France, Gus Van Sant and Jonathan Caouette. Stephen’s new film as writer/director “Jason and Shirley” (2015) a fictionalized imagining of the 1966 Chelsea Hotel filming of “Portrait of Jason” with Sarah Schulman as Shirley Clarke and Jack Waters as Jason Holliday was called “One of the year’s finest” by Richard Brody in The New Yorker and played for two sold out weeks at the Museum of Modern Art. He teaches filmmaking at Cornell University and Williams College.

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


Jordan A. Martin is a multi-disciplinary musician, poet, & curator. Her work is often collaborative, participatory, & research-based & employs logics and languages of association, & disembodiment/deferment to reorganize relationships to Pedagogy, Age, Race, Desire, Music, and Information. Her music, work, & workshops have been shown & performed at Columbus Museum of Art, Cooper Union, Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio Poetry Association, Ohio State University, La MaMa Theatre, Dixon Place, Ars Nova, Brooklyn Art Exchange and more.


Arthur Aviles, an award-winning New York-Rican dancer/choreographer, was born in Queens and raised in Long Island and the South Bronx. He studied theatre with Peter Vercillo and Edward M. Fourrey. His physical training included swimming, diving, wrestling and gymnastics. He received his B.A. from Bard College where he studied dance with Lenore Latimer, Jean Churchill, Albert Reid and Aileen Passloff.

Martin will be 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 is a Brazilian visual artist currently living and working in New York City. His works are focused on communication and social issues. He has taken part in many exhibitions in Colombia, Spain, USA and Brazil, where he received the 66th Salão de Abril de Fortaleza Prize.


Avram Finkelstein is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn. Finkelstein is a founding member of the Silence=Death collective and the art collective, Gran Fury, with whom he collaborated on public art projects for The Whitney Museum, The Venice Biennale, Artforum, LAMOCA, The New Museum, Creative Time, and The Public Art Fund. The collective has work in the permanent collections of The Whitney, MoMA, and The New Museum.

Moreira will be 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 (CQ) is a writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots. Her chapbook of poetry, THE HEART WANTS, was released from Finishing Line Press this year. She is a proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre's Obie-winning cohort of playwrights, Youngblood, and the recipient of commissions from Actor’s Express and Peppercorn Theatre, as well as fellowships from Lambda Literary Foundation and Columbia University School of the Arts, where she received her MFA in Playwriting.


Moe Angelos is one of The Five Lesbian Brothers, who have written, performed and published six plays and other things that the internet can tell you all about. Moe has collaborated with the Builders Association as a performer and writer since 2000 and is now touring with The Builders’ show, Elements of Oz. She has been involved with the WOW Café forever and has appeared in the work of many downtown luminaries including Carmelita Tropicana, Anne Bogart, Holly Hughes, Lois Weaver, Kate Stafford, Brooke O’Harra, Half Straddle and The Ridiculous Theatrical Company. To hear more, visit The Made Here Project and browse the artists.

Quintana will be 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 B/G Taylor is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn. He received a BA in Studio Art and American Studies focusing on printmaking and queer theory from Wesleyan University. He works between text and image, communities and computers. As a member of the What Would an HIV Doula Do? collective he works to bring attention to the HIV/AIDS crisis as an ongoing intersectional political reality through asking questions and designing paper crafts. He runs http://fag.tips/, a speculative zine.



Carrie Yamaoka has exhibited widely in the US and Europe since the 1980s. Her most recent solo exhibition was at Lucien Terras in New York in September 2015. Yamaoka’s work has been featured in Greater New York 2015 at MoMA/PS1, and in exhibitions at the Mannheimer Kunstverein, CAN Neuchatel, MMKA, the Wexner Center, the Albright-Knox, MassMOCA and Artists Space among other venues. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, The New Yorker, Bomb, and Time Out New York. Yamaoka’s work is in the public collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY. She is a founding member of the queer art collective fierce pussy.

Taylor will be 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.