Liz Collins is an artist known for her diverse work in textiles, and has over two decades moved fluidly between fields and formats including fashion, craft, performance, and design. Collins’ multi-media installations and textile works have been featured in museums and galleries internationally, including a current long-term installation at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, as well as group exhibitions at ICA/Boston, the FIT Museum, Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, MoMA, and the New Museum, among many others.
Avram Finkelstein (Visual Art)
Avram Finkelstein is a founding member of the Silence=Death and Gran Fury collectives. He has work in the permanent collections of MoMA, The Whitney, The New Museum and The Brooklyn Museum. He is featured in the artist oral history project at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, and his book for UC Press, After Silence: A History of AIDS Through its Images is out in November 2017.
Stephen Winter (Film)
Stephen Winter is an award-winning writer and filmmaker whose 2015 film Jason and Shirley was called “one of the year’s finest” by Richard Brody in The New Yorker. Jason and Shirley played AGO in Toronto and had a sold-out 2 week run at MoMA in New York. Winter’s newest venture is a 8 part radio podcast sci-fi satire series Adventures in New America, premiering in 2018 on the Night Vale Network. His award winning 1996 debut film Chocolate Babies premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, and enjoyed a 2016 revival at New York's Anthology Film Archives. Winter produced Jonathan Caouette’s landmark “narci-cinema” documentary Tarnation (A.O. Scott, New York Times) which premiered at Sundance, Cannes, LAIFF and NYFF. He has worked on films with Lee Daniels, John Cameron Mitchell, John Krokidas, David France, Xan Cassavetes, Zoe Cassavetes, Allen Hughes, Gus Van Sant and Steve Harvey.
Arthur Aviles (Performance)
Arthur Avilés is a gay New York-Rican dancer/choreographer. He attended Bard College where he received a B.A. in Theater/Dance. He was a member of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane & Company and toured internationally. Avilés received a New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award, an honorary Doctorate from his alma mater and was honored with the Mayor’s Award for Art and Culture. He has also received a NYFA Fellowship and a NEA Master’s Grant from Pregones Theatre. He continues to create works for his dance company Arthur Avilés Typical Theatre and has been awarded dance residencies at dozens of universities in the US and abroad. He along with Charles Rice-González co-founded The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!) celebrating it's 18th year.
Sarah Schulman (Literature)
Sarah Schulman’s 18 books include the 2016 novel The Cosmopolitans, which Kirkus called “A Modern Classic,”and the nonfiction book Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair, which bell hooks called "Awesome and briliant." A playwright, screenwriter, journalist and AIDS historian, Schulman 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.
Carrie Yamaoka (Visual Art)
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.
Moe Angeles (Performance)
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.
Pamela Sneed (Literature)
Pamela Sneed is a New York-based poet, writer and performer. She is the author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery, KONG and Other Works and a chaplet, Gift by Belladonna. 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. She has appeared in Art Forum, The Huffington Post and Hyperallergic. Sneed has performed at the Brooklyn Museum, 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 work appears in Nikki Giovanni’s, “The 100 Best African American Poets.” Her forthcoming chapbook, Sweet Dreams, will be published by Belladonna in late 2017.
Kimberly Mayhorn (Film)
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. Mayhorn 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. Mayhorn is an Emmy nominated video editor with 20 years experience working in the television industry at networks such as NBC, CNN, CBS, and MTV.
Margaret Ewing (Curatorial Practice)
Margaret Ewing is a curator, art historian, and writer. Her curatorial credits include recent exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, where she co-organized Kai Althoff: and then leave me to the common swifts, Pierre Huyghe: Untilled, The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, and Carol Bove: The Equinox. Prior to joining MoMA, she contributed to the 2013 Triennial at the International Center of Photography and spent two years working in Berlin as a research fellow and critic, writing for Artforum, among other publications. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Illinois, where she completed her dissertation on Hans Haacke’s work on postwar German politics and identity.