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

  • The Queer|Art|Mentorship program nurtures exchange between LGBTQ+ artists at all levels of their careers and works against a natural segregation between generations and disciplines.

  • Fellows apply with a specific project they would like to work on during the program and meet with their Mentors monthly to discuss their progress.

  • Fellows also meet each month as a group to work through important issues shaping their creative and professional development in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.

  • At the culmination of the program, each Fellow participates in a special exhibition - known as the "QAM Annual" - that showcases their practice and the progress of their project.

  • The program begins in October and ends in October of the following year, with the QAM Annual opening in November and continuing through the end of the calendar year.


2019-2020 MENTORS

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Clockwise from top left: Lola Flash, Visual Art; Gayatri Gopinath, Literature; Yve Laris Cohen, Visual Art; Maria Bauman-Morales, Performance; Rodrigo Bellott, Film; Hao Wu, Film; Kate Bornstein, Literature; Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Performance; Charles Rice-González, Literature; Thomas Lax, Curatorial Practice


2018-2019 Fellows & mentors

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J. BOUEY
FELLOW | PERFORMANCE

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DAVID THOMSON
MENTOR | PERFORMANCE

J. Bouey is a dance artist with a practice rooted in rituals of healing. Bouey will be working with Mentor, performing artist David Thomson on The Space Between Words, a movement-based project seeking to address the inextricable connections between mental health issues and the toxic teachings of masculinity and patriarchy for Black Mascs in America.

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DANIEL CHEW
FELLOW | FILM

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FRÉDÉRIC TCHENG
MENTOR | FILM

Daniel Chew is an artist who often works collaboratively to create and discover queer moments of community. Chew will be working with Mentor, filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng on a narrative feature about a love triangle that forms between two siblings—brother and sister—and a mysterious stranger. The intimacies that form speak to dynamics of race, sexuality, gender, and privilege as they play out in a technologically saturated world.

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XANDRA CLARK
FELLOW | PERFORMANCE

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MASHUQ MUSHTAQ DEEN
MENTOR | PERFORMANCE

Xandra Clark is an actor, writer, documentary performance-maker, and storyteller whose work explores multiplicity, ambiguity, and the struggle to define self and other. Clark will be working with Mentor, theater artist and playwright Mashuq Mushtaq Deen on Polylogues, a verbatim interview-based solo show exploring real people’s anonymous experiences with queering the traditional relationship structure through nonmonogamy.

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SARAH MIHARA CREAGAN
FELLOW | VISUAL ART

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NEIL GOLDBERG
MENTOR | VISUAL ART

Sarah Mihara Creagen is an artist whose work infuses agency into erotic images of women and creates opportunities for conversation around sexual health and consent. Creagen will be working with Mentor, visual artist Neil Goldberg on expanding a body of drawings and comics that explicitly explores her family’s mixed-race Japanese heritage and investigates areas of representation connected to women’s bodies in sex and sexual health.

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CRISTÓBAL GUERRA
FELLOW | LITERATURE

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CHARLES RICE-GONZÁLES
MENTOR | LITERATURE

Cristóbal Guerra is a writer and filmmaker from San Juan, PR whose work combines experimental video pieces, documentary form, and written word to explore ideas of home, memory, "el caribe," and queerness. Guerra will be working with Mentor, writer Charles Rice-González on TropiColonia Studios, a piece that explores the idea of a post-liberation Puerto Rico through the lens of three queer characters in their late 20's.

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CANDYSTORE
FELLOW | VISUAL ART

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C. FINLEY
MENTOR | VISUAL ART

Candystore is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is devoted to finding the point where two distinct bodies touch but don’t quite fit together. Candystore will be working with Mentor, artist and curator C. Finley on a multifarious and performative book-length project about the deep South, queer sex, intimacy, and boundary-making in the digital age that will explore digital space as a kind of haven or safe(r) place to exist.  

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RUSSELL PERKINS
FELLOW | VISUAL ART

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NANCY BROOKS BRODY
MENTOR | VISUAL ART

Russell Perkins makes work that explores the bodily articulation of risk-taking. Perkins will be working with Mentor, visual artist Nancy Brooks Brody on an installation that will interpret the ambient sounds of slot machines and electronic games for a vocal ensemble. This project is part of a larger body of work that hopes to more deeply consider the space between speculation—the voluntary assumption of risk—and precarity as unwilled exposure to neoliberal financial hazards.

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RIPLEY SOPRANO
FELLOW | LITERATURE

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CHE GOSSETT
MENTOR | LITERATURE

Ripley Soprano is an organizer and writer whose writing incorporates personal observation and queer affect theory. Soprano will be working with Mentor, writer and archivist Che Gossett on a nonfiction critical theory text that engages with the concept and reality of “celebrity” under late racial-capitalism to consider how it perpetuates the social ladder, toxic masculinity behavior, wealth accumulation, and public control of land and the masses.

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NATALIE TSUI
FELLOW | FILM

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ELISABETH SUBRIN
MENTOR | FILM

Natalie Tsui is an artist and filmmaker whose work investigates the links and ruptures between mass culture, collective memory, and personal narrative through a conceptual approach to visual storytelling. Tsui will be working with Mentor, filmmaker Elisabeth Subrin on if I could turn back time, an exploration of the limits of documentary evidence and the impossibility of recapturing memory through narrative.

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JEANNE VACCARO
FELLOW | CURATORIAL PRACTICE

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NELSON SANTOS
MENTOR | CURATORIAL PRACTICE

Jeanne Vaccaro is a writer and curator whose practice foregrounds archival and community formations of identity, staging a history and context to activate the work of contemporary artists. Vaccaro will be curator-in-residence during the 2018-2019 Queer|Art|Mentorship cycle and will work closely with Mentor, curator and artist Nelson Santos and Queer|Art staff to organize the 2018-2019 Queer|Art|Mentorship Annual exhibition next fall.


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 social separation between generations and disciplines. 

 

Structure

The program is a year in length. Fellows in Film, Performance, Literature, and Visual Art apply with a specific project they would like to work on during the program. Proposing a project is a way for Fellows to introduce themselves 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. Meanwhile, Fellows in Curatorial Practice apply to participate in the program as a curator-in-residence (more details below).

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 a public showcase in the format of an exhibition, live event, and accompanying publication—known as the QAM Annual—in which a manifestation of each Fellow’s practice and Mentorship project will be presented. 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. 

Fellows in Curatorial Practice can expect to engage with their peers working in Film, Literature, Performance, and Visual Art throughout the program and take a leading role in the curatorial process for organizing the QAM Annual, which has its own dedicated budget. Working closely with their Mentor and Queer|Art staff, Curatorial Fellows gain valuable experience engaging with artists across different fields of creative practice and will have completed the planning and production of an exhibition, live event, and accompanying publication as a guaranteed outcome of their fellowship.

 

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?

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

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

Queer|Art|Mentorship is for artists who are:

     • Self-identified as queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, and/or intersex
     • New York City-based for the full duration of the program cycle to which they are applying
     • Early-career and professionally focused, with a body of work already behind them
     • Not currently enrolled in school or university
     • And have a specific project they’d like to work on with a Mentor during the 2019-2020 Mentorship cycle.

(Note: The project application requirement for Fellows in Curatorial Practice is as a curator-in-residence. See below.)

Most importantly, we are looking for artists and curators who have an extraordinary potential for engagement in queer and artistic communities and would gain from, and add to, interaction with others.

Prospective Fellows in Curatorial Practice apply to participate as a curator-in-residence during the program. As such, they can expect to engage with their peers working in Film, Literature, Performance, and Visual Art and take a leading role in the curatorial process for organizing the annual public exhibition at the culmination of the program. Working closely with their Mentor and Queer|Art staff, Curatorial Fellows gain important experience working with artists across different fields of creative practice and will have completed the planning and production of an exhibition, live event, and accompanying publication as a guaranteed outcome of their fellowship.

Each Mentor chooses the Fellow they will be working with during the program. We encourage Mentors to 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.


What Is The Timeframe?
 
Applications open: May 12, 2019
Application deadline:
July 18, 2019
Program duration:
October 2019 - October 2020 (13 months)
QAM Annual:
November - December 2020


APPLY

Applications for the 2019-2020 cycle are closed

1) SUBMIT INTENT TO APPLY

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 the field(s) you are applying in.

Once submitted you will receive an email automatically with a link to complete the application process. 

2) COMPLETE APPLICATION - DUE JULY 18, 2019

After completing the Intent to Apply you will be emailed a link to submit required application materials through an online application form. 

Applicants may preview required content for applications using 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 cycle is 13 months, beginning in October 2019 and culminates with the QAM Annual at the end of the following year, which will take place November - December 2020.

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 FELLOWS & MENTORS
 

2018-2019 Fellows & Mentors

  • J. Bouey — David Thomason (Performance)

  • Daniel Chew — Frédéric Tcheng (Film)

  • Xandra Clark — Mashuq Mushtaq Deen (Performance)

  • Sarah Mihara Creagan — Neil Goldberg (Visual Art)

  • Cristóbal Guerra — Charles Rice-Gonzáles (Literature)

  • Candystore — C. Finley (Visual Art)

  • Russell Perkins — Nancy Brooks Brody (Visual Art)

  • Ripley Soprano — Che Gossett (Literature)

  • Natalie Tsui — Elisabeth Subrin (Film)

  • Jeanne Vaccaro — Nelson Santos (Curatorial Practice)

2017-2018 Fellows & Mentors

  • Justin Allen -- Che Gossett (Literature)

  • Eames Armstrong -- Margaret Ewing (Curatorial Practice)

  • David Antonio Cruz -- Neil Goldberg (Visual Art)

  • Marco DaSilva -- Liz Collins (Visual Art)

  • Federica Gianni -- Rose Troche (Film)

  • Lucas Habte -- Frédéric Tcheng (Film)

  • Ryan Haddad -- Moe Angelos (Performance)

  • Lamya Haq -- Naomi Jackson (Literature)

  • Jarrett Key -- David Thomson (Performance)

  • D’Angelo Madsen -- Kimberly Reed (Film)

  • Zoe Schlacter -- C. Finley (Visual Art)

2016-2017 Fellows & Mentors

  • Chris Blue -- Kimberly Mayhorn (Film)

  • Anna Campbell -- Liz Collins (Visual Art)

  • Ashton Cooper -- Margaret Ewing (Curatorial Practice)

  • Emily U. Hashimoto -- Sarah Schulman (Literature)

  • Heather Lynn Johnson -- Pamela Sneed (Literature)

  • Fatima Jamal -- Stephen Winter (Film)

  • Jordan A. Martin -- Arthur Aviles (Performance)

  • Rodrigo Moreira -- Avram Finkelstein (Visual Art)

  • Christina Quintana (CQ) -- Moe Angelos (Performance)

  • Virgil B/G Taylor -- Carrie Yamaoka (Visual Art)

2015-2016 Fellows & Mentors

  • Rodrigo Bellott -- Silas Howard (Film)

  • Monstah Black -- Arthur Aviles (Performance)

  • Caroline Wells Chandler -- Angela Dufresne (Visual Art)

  • Erin Greenwell -- Stacie Passon (Film)

  • Doron Langberg -- Avram Finkelstein (Visual Art)

  • Jacob Matkov -- Jaime Manrique (Literature)

  • Mylo Mendez -- Thomas Allen Harris (Film)

  • Eva Peskin & Justine Williams -- Talvin Wilks (Performance)

  • Hugh Ryan -- Shannon Michael Cane (Curatorial Practice)

  • Brendan Williams-Childs -- Sarah Schulman (Literature)

2014-2015 Fellows & Mentors

  • Morgan Bassichis -- Jibz Cameron aka “Dynasty Handbag” (Performance)

  • Arisleyda Dilone -- Yoruba Richen (Film)

  • Zachary Frater -- Bradford Nordeen (Curatorial Practice)

  • Shannon Keating -- James Lecesne (Literature)

  • Luce Capco Lincoln -- Thomas Allen Harris (Film)

  • Samantha Nye -- Carrie Moyer (Visual Art)

  • Maia Cruz Palileo -- Chitra Ganesh (Visual Art)

  • Rebecca Patek -- Caden Manson (Performance)

  • Grey Vild -- Stacy Szymaszek (Literature)

  • Steven Wilsey -- Stacie Passon (Film)

2013-2014 Fellows & Mentors

  • Seyi Adebanjo -- Yoruba Richen (Film)

  • Ella Boureau -- Moe Angelos (Performance)

  • Bridget de Gersigny -- Carlos Motta (Visual Art)

  • Nicole Goodwin -- Jaime Manrique (Literature)

  • Rick Herron -- Pati Hertling (Curatorial Practice)

  • Peter Knegt -- James Lecesne (Literature)

  • Natalia Leite -- Rose Troche (Film)

  • Troy Michie -- Geoff Chadsey (Visual Art)

  • Colin Self and Lain Kay -- Caden Manson (Performance)

  • Xeňa Stanislavovna Semjonová -- Geo Wyeth (Performance)

2012-2013 Fellows & Mentors

  • Kyle Coniglio -- Geoff Chadsey (Visual Art)

  • Michael De Angelis -- Dan Hurlin (Performance)

  • Kerry Downey -- Angela Dufresne (Visual Art)

  • Thomas Dozol -- Billy Miller (Curatorial Practice)

  • Camilo Godoy -- Carlos Motta (Visual Art)

  • Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel -- Kimberly Reed (Film)

  • Ryan Henneberry -- Sarah Schulman (Literature)

  • Melissa Li -- Moe Angelos (Performance)

  • Ricky Maldonado -- Stacy Szymaszek (Literature)

  • iele paloumpis -- Trajal Harrell (Performance)

  • Lauren Wolkstein -- Rose Troche (Film)

2011-2012 Fellows & Mentors

  • Hima B -- Matt Wolf (Film)

  • Jess Barbagallo -- Stacy Szymaszek (Literature)

  • Yve Laris Cohen -- Justin Vivian Bond (Performance)

  • Pilar Gallego -- Nicole Eisenman (Visual Art)

  • Pati Hertling -- Hilton Als (Literature)

  • Darren Jones -- Jonathan David Katz (Curatorial Practice)

  • Saeed Jones -- Sarah Schulman (Literature)

  • Xavi Marrades -- Barbara Hammer (Film)

  • Edward McDonald -- Jennie Livingston (Film)

  • Tommy Pico -- Pamela Sneed (Literature)

  • Harrison Rivers -- John Kelly (Performance)

  • Guadalupe Rosales -- Louise Fishman (Visual Art)

  • Jacolby Satterwhite -- Angela Dufresne (Visual Art)

  • Justin Sayre -- Everett Quinton (Performance)

  • Aldrin Valdez -- Deborah Kass (Visual Art)