Chris Blue (Washington D.C. 1993) is an interdisciplinary audio-visual artist from Washington D.C. Blue graduated from NYU (BFA 2015) with interest in sculpture, physics, and blues history. Blue the co-founder of dggd (doggdays) production collective and was an artist in residence at Residency at McDonalds.
Blue worked with Mentor, multi-disciplinary artist Kimberly Mayhorn on a forthcoming film entitled suddendeath regarding Mozart's last universal and transcendental composition.
Jamal T. Lewis (Film)
Jamal T. Lewis (b. 1990) is an emerging multidisciplinary artist, writer, and thought leader living in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. Named by Teen Vogue as one of the "coolest queers on the internet," Lewis is also known as 'fatfemme', a moniker that encapsulates life at the intersection of fat and femme identity -- "spaces that people are afraid to occupy," she names. A graduate of Morehouse College and The New School, Lewis produces work around the body, specifically exploring and interrogating identity formation, race, gender, sexuality, desire, beauty, and ugliness. Lewis's work has been featured in LA Times, New York Times, TriBeca, & Tate Modern.
Lewis worked with Mentor, filmmaker Stephen Winter on a documentary entitled No Fats, No Femmes about desire, body image, and sexual racism.
Rodrigo Moreira (Visual Art)
Rodrigo Moreira is a Brazilian visual artist based in New York. He holds a BA in Graphic Design and Communication Studies with complementary studies in Fine Arts. His works are focused on communication and social issues. He has taken part in many exhibitions in Colombia, Cuba, Spain, South Korea, USA and Brazil.
Moreira worked with Mentor, artist/writer Avram Finkelstein on a project entitled NSA - No Strings Attached, documenting the immigrant experience in the U.S. and the relationships they establish with a different culture.
Anna Campbell (Visual Art)
Anna Campbell is a visual artist whose 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.
Campbell worked 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.
Jordan Martin (Performance)
Jordan Martin is an interdisciplinary musician, poet, & artist. She releases much of her music & performance under her project pseudonym ∂αρнηє. She is the author of Portrait As An Αέρας Δύναμη Ένας, a poetry & coloring book. She also has two forthcoming books of poetic music criticism; S.O.S (Some Oscillations Suck!), forthcoming from C.E.E. Press/Label, & Lesbian Music, forthcoming from her own MAD Press.
Martin worked with Mentor, dancer/choreographer Arthur Aviles on the next itteration of her episodic pedagogy project, Teaching to Transgressions: Psycho-Socialite. This itteration of the project will include a small book of poems, a set of matching outfits with embroidered text, wine, & two performers.
Ashton Cooper (Curatorial Practice)
Ashton Cooper is a Brooklyn-based independent writer and curator. She has organized exhibitions at Maccarone, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, and the Knockdown Center, all in New York. Recent writing projects include catalogue essays for Mira Dancy’s exhibition at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai and "Ellen Cantor: I’m Still Coming," published by Capricious Press in August 2017. Her writing has appeared in ArtReview, the Brooklyn Rail, Modern Painters, ASAP Journal, and others.
Cooper worked 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.
Heather Lynn Johnson (Literature)
Heather Lynn Johnson is a writer, photographer, performance artist and poet, living in New York. She is the author of The Survival Guide For Queer Black Youth (Inpatient Press, 2017). Johnson's 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. Her formal approach to the narrative, whether visual or poetic, is distinguished by her willingness to lay bare her own existence.
Johnson received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BA from Columbia College Chicago both in Photography.
Johnson worked 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.
Emily U. Hashimoto (Literature)
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.
Hashimoto worked with her mentor, author Sarah Schulman, on her novel about two queer women of color over the course of thirteen years, following them as they grow away from and towards each other.
Christina Quintana (CQ) (Performance)
Christina Quintana (CQ) is a writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots. Her plays include: Azul (2017 Kilroys List), Evensong (Astoria Performing Arts Center), and Scissoring (Finalist Alliance/Kendeda), among others. Her poetry and prose has appeared in Foglifter, Nimrod Journal, Saw Palm, and beyond. A Van Lier New Voices Fellow at the Lark and member of the Obie-winning cohort of playwrights, EST/Youngblood, she holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.
Quintana worked Mentor, performer/writer Moe Angelos on a “novel-in-performance” exploring the story of two individuals named Tobias: one, among the first 11 enslaved men brought to New Amsterdam, eventually recaptured for his sexual involvement with Dutch settler Harmen van den Bogaert; and the other, a fictional modern New Yorker entangled in a complicated interracial relationship.
Virgil B/G Taylor (Visual Art)
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.
Taylor worked with Mentor, artist Carrie Yamaoka on his series of online publications while also developing a new series of works in two and three dimensions.