Who are our Mentors?

Our Mentors are professionally-established New York-based artists working within one or more of the following artistic fields: Film, Literature, Performance, Visual Art, or Curatorial Practice.


How do we choose Mentors?

Participation in Mentorship is by invitation. In an effort to expand the network of artists who comprise our community and further develop the peer-sharing resources of the program, Queer|Art welcomes recommendations for new Mentors from individuals who have been part of the program in previous years.


How do we choose Fellows?

Mentors and Queer|Art staff participate in a panel review to select artists whose work and life reflect a thoughtful engagement with queer communities, stories, histories, politics, and/or aesthetics, and who demonstrate an earnest interest in and need for Mentorship. To ensure a well-balanced overall Fellowship and Mentorship group, we invite the input of professional curators, academics, artistic directors, editors, and presenters throughout New York City. We also invite alumni of the program to recommend applicants for further consideration.

I’m applying in X discipline. What kind of work samples should I submit?

That’s up to you. What best represents your work?

For Performance, we generally suggest video documentation of a past performance if available. Audio files, photos, and text files are also welcome.

For Film, we generally suggest a video excerpt of a past work or a screenplay (up to 10 pages total).

For Literature, we generally suggest a writing sample (up to 10 pages to total).

For Visual Art, we generally suggest photo documentation, install shots, or scans of finished work. If you are a visual artist working in video, please submit a video excerpt. Audio files and text files are also welcome.


How do I submit my application?

You will receive a link to the QAM SlideRoom application after you submit your Intent to apply. You can work on your application and save changes in draft form before submitting.


What is SlideRoom?

SlideRoom is an online application software that we use to help us manage the volume of applications we receive for QAM each year. You can learn more about SlideRoom here.


Where do I send my work samples?

All work samples must be uploaded through SlideRoom.


How do I submit my letters of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation must be uploaded through SlideRoom. You can upload letters that you have on file, or you can request a letter to be filled out or uploaded by your recommender. We suggest you contact your recommender in advance and tell them they will be receiving an email asking them to submit your recommendation through SlideRoom. Letters of recommendation are due by the closing of the applications. Please advise your recommenders!


How do my recommender submit my letters of recommendation?

Once you've typed in your recommenders information and clicked "Send Request", your recommender will receive and email from SlideRoom <notifications@slideroom.com> with the Subject Line: "Queer|Art|Mentorship recommendation request from [Your Name] for Queer|Art|Mentorship 2017-2018 Application". In the email they will receive a link to either upload a PDF of a LOR or they can type in a letter in a text box. 


What are the age restrictions?

There are no age restrictions for QAM, but we are looking for fellows who identify as early-career and are professionally focused, with a body of work already behind them.


I live outside of NYC, can I still apply?

Required monthly fellow meetings occur in New York City. Our Mentors are based in New York City. You should be based in New York City during the program.


Can I apply after July 18th?

No. We do not accept applications after the deadline has passed. Please try again next year.


Can I have an extension for application or letters of recommendation?

No. The letters of recommendation are a requirement of your completed application, which must be submitted all at once before the July 18th deadline.


If I already applied, can I reuse an old letter of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation are kept on file for up to 5 years. If you’d like to reuse an old letter of recommendation, please email Programs & Operations Coordinator, Rio Sofia at rsofia@queer-art.org


We're applying as a pair, what are the reference requirements?

Each application is required to include two letters of recommendation. We suggest you ask recommenders who can speak to your work as a pair. If this is not possible, please submit one letter for each of you.


Where are the monthly fellows meetings that I’m required to attend?

Our meeting location varies, but is usually at one of our partner organizations in Lower Manhattan (The Center, Abrons Art Center, Visual AIDS). On occasion, meetings may take place at other locations in one of the five boroughs of New York City.


I’m submitting a YouTube or Vimeo link, but want it to be password protected.

We cannot accept links that are password protected. You can upload your videos directly to SlideRoom if you do not want them publicly available online.


Can the application fee be waived?

Please contact us directly. Email Programs & Operations Coordinator, Rio Sofia at rsofia@queer-art.org

What’s a CV? What’s the difference between a CV and a resume?

A CV is a list of your accomplishments as an artist that includes your education, shows, publications, and awards. It does not include employment outside your art practice. For instructions on how to create a CV, with samples, visit: https://thepracticalartworld.com/2011/02/12/how-to-write-an-artists-cv-in-10-steps/.

For further questions about application, work sample specifications, and other requirements please email Programs & Operations Coordinator, Rio Sofia at rsofia@queer-art.org.