Mission Statement


To create a diverse and vibrant community through the support of LGBTQ art and artists across generations and disciplines.



QUEER|ART was launched in 2009 to support a generation of LGBTQ artists that lost mentors to the AIDS Crisis of the 1980s. By fostering the confident expression of LGBTQ artists’ perspectives, stories, and identities, Queer|Art amplifies the voice of a population that has been historically suppressed, disenfranchised, and often overlooked by traditional institutional and economic support systems.

Our programs are organized under three major areas of support — PRACTICE (Creative and Professional Development), PRESENTS (Events, Exhibitions, and other Public Presentations), and AWARDS (Residencies, Grants, and Prizes). Each of these areas of support operate across four fields of creative practice: Film, Performance, Visual Art, and Literature.

Queer|Art|Mentorship is the core program of PRACTICE and the cornerstone of all activity at Queer|Art. The annual 13-month program cultivates an intergenerational and interdisciplinary network of support and shared knowledge among a diverse and vibrant community of LGBTQ filmmakers, authors, performers, curators, and visual artists.

Under PRESENTS, we focus on public presentations organized in partnership with various co-presenting venues. This includes showcase presentations of work by artists in our Mentorship community and stand-alone public programming series that feature artists from our extended community.

AWARDS is the final major area of support being developed to honor Queer|Art's mission. This new initiative of grants, prizes, and awards will provide various kinds of direct support—monetary and otherwise—to LGBTQ artists.


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2009 - PRESENTS: Queer|Art introduces Queer|Art|Film, a critically-acclaimed monthly screening series in which LGBTQ artists present and discuss the films that have most inspired them. Curated by Ira Sachs and Adam Baran, presented at 92st-Y.

2010 - Queer|Art|Film moves to the IFC Center.

2010 - PRESENTS: Queer|Art restores The Sorrows of Dolores and Museum of Wax by Charles Ludlam. Antony Hegarty presents The Lost Films of Charles Ludlam at a special edition of Queer|Art|Film.

2011 - PRACTICE: Queer|Art introduces Queer|Art|Mentorship, an annual creative and professional development program that brings together emerging and established artists in a 13-month exchange. The program was initially developed by Ira Sachs and Lily Binns.

2011 - Queer|Art establishes its archive at Fales Library & Special Collections.

2012, September 20th - Queer|Art, date of incorporation.

2013, September 1 - Vanessa Haroutunian joins Queer|Art as Program Coordinator.

2013-2016 - Queer|Art|Brooklyn occurs as a bi-monthly social gathering for queer artists.


2014 - PRESENTS: 2013-2014 Fellow Rick Heron organizes a culminating exhibition of work by Fellows and Mentors in his class, which is made possible through a partnership with Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. The exhibition is huge success and becomes a yearly feature of the program, thereafter known as “The QAM Annual.”

2014 - PRESENTS: Queer|Art partners with Sundance Cinemas in West Hollywood to launch special edition of Queer|Art|Film LA, co-presented by Outfest. Co-curated by Martabel Wasserman and filmmakers Adam Baran and Ira Sachs.

2014 - PRESENTS: Queer|Art|Film: Summer of Drag, special season honoring the rich and diverse history of drag artists who have graced the stages, cabarets, and nightclubs of New York City.

2015 - PRESENTS: Queer|Art|Film: Black Summer Nights, special season focused on black queer artists, curated by filmmaker Stephen Winter and poet Pamela Sneed.

2014, October 24th - Queer|Art receives official status as a 501c3 non-profit organization.

2016 - HBO becomes lead sponsor of Queer|Art|Film.

2017, February 1 - Travis Chamberlain joins Queer|Art as Managing Director.

2017 - PRESENTS: Queer|Art introduces Queer|Art|Pride, an annual showcase of recently completed work by Alumni of the Mentorship program, produced in partnership with Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and taking place during Gay Pride month.

2017 - PRESENTS: Queer|Art|Film celebrates its 100th screening.


2017 - AWARDS: Queer|Art launches a new Awards initiative with Queer|Art|Prize. Made possible through partnership with HBO, Queer|Art|Prize distributes two $10,000 awards to LGBTQ artists based in the United States: one for Sustained Achievement and the other for Recent Work. With a Nominating Committee of over 40 arts professionals from around the country, Queer|Art|Prize confirms the impact of Queer|Art's programming and support on a national level.

2017 - PRESENTS: The Queer|Art Community Portrait Project is introduced at the inaugural ceremony for Queer|Art|Prize.

2017 - AWARDS: With generous support from Barbara Hammer, Queer|Art launches the Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant, an annual $5,000 grant awarded to self-identified lesbians for making visionary moving-image art.

2018 - PRESENTS: Queer|Art|Film: Black Summer Nights 2, special season of Queer|Art|Film curated by Pamela Sneed and Stephen Winter.

2019 - AWARDS: Queer|Art launches a new $10,000 grant to award queer women for making cutting-edge dance and/or movement-based performance work. Named in honor of visionary dance curator, critic, and educator Eva Yaa Asantewaa, the grant seeks to highlight the important contributions queer women have made to dance throughout history. Queer|Art strongly encourages self-identified women, gender-nonconforming, and non-binary artists to apply.

2019 - PRESENTS: Queer|Art|Film: Winter’s A Drag, special season honoring the rich and diverse history of drag artists who have graced the stages, cabarets, and nightclubs of New York City.


  • Nelson Santos (President): Artist/Curator; Interim Director of Curatorial Programs, Leslie Lohman Museum; 2018-2019 QAM Mentor, Curatorial Practice
  • Bobye List (Secretary): Executive Director, The Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation
  • Sue Simon (Treasurer): Human Rights, Social Justice, and Public Health Consultant
  • Alexander Chee: Author; Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing, Dartmouth College
  • Brad Greenwood: Artist; former Director of Development, MoMA PS1
  • Ellen Marks: Former Managing Director, Marketing & Communications, Accenture
  • John Oursler: Senior Associate Director of Development, Columbia University School of the Arts
  • Max Rifkind-Barron: Filmmaker
  • Ira Sachs: Filmmaker, Queer|Art Founding Director
  • Judy Yu: Program Officer, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund; Writer


  • Travis Chamberlain: Executive Director
  • Ira Sachs: Founding Director
  • Río Sofia: Programs & Operations Coordinator
  • KT Pe Benito: Programs & Operations Assistant
  • Nile Harris: Programs & Operations Associate
  • Matice Moore: QAM Program Facilitator

  • Associates

    • Adam Burnett: Development Associate
    • Adam Baran: Co-curator, Queer|Art|Film
    • Vanessa Haroutunian: Hammer Grant Manager
    • mayfield brooks: Yaa Asantewaa Grant Manager
    • Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP: Legal Counsel

Institutional Partners

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For a full list of donors, and different giving level, visit the SUPPORT page.