Matt Wolf is the director of “Wild Combination,” the acclaimed documentary about the queer avant-garde cellist and disco producer Arthur Russell.
Stacy Szymaszek (Literary)
Stacy Szymaszek is a poet, editor and arts administrator. She is the author of the books Emptied of All Ships (2005) and Hyperglossia (2009), both published by Litmus Press, as well as numerous chapbooks, including Pasolini Poems (Cy Press, 2005), Orizaba: A Voyage with Hart Crane (Faux Press, 2008), Stacy S.: Autoportraits (OMG, 2008), from Hart Island (Albion Books, 2009) and austerity measures (Fewer & Further Press, 2012).
Justin Vivian Bond (Performing Arts)
Recently described as “The greatest cabaret artist of (v’s) generation” by Hilton Als in the New Yorker, singer, songwriter and Tony-nominated performance artist Mx Justin Vivian Bond, is an Obie, Bessie and Ethyl Eichelberger Award winner.
Nicole Eisenman (Visual Arts)
Nicole Eisenman has been living and working in New York for the last 20 years. She began in New York as a commercial mural painter and had her first show in 1992 at Nicola Tyson’s now infamous project space, Trial Balloon, New York, NY.
Hilton Als (Literary)
Hilton Als became a staff writer at The New Yorker in October, 1994, and a theatre critic in 2002. He began contributing to the magazine in 1989, writing pieces for The Talk of the Town.
Jonathan David Katz (Curatorial)
Jonathan David Katz is the former executive coordinator of the Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale University. He is a former chair of the Department of Lesbian and Gay studies at the City College of San Francisco, and was the first tenured faculty in gay and lesbian studies in the United States.
Sarah Schulman (Literary)
Sarah Schulman’s 18 books include the 2016 novel The Cosmopolitans, which Kirkus called “A Modern Classic.” Her new nonfiction book, forthcoming in October, is “Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair.” A playwright, screenwriter, journalist and AIDS historian, Sarah 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.
Barbara Hammer (Film)
Barbara Hammer is a visual artist working primarily in film and video, installation, photography and performance. She has made over 80 moving image works in a career that spans 40 years. She is considered a pioneer of queer cinema.
Jennie Livingston (Film)
Jennie Livingston describes her 35mm dramatic short Who’s the Top? (2005) as “Woody Allen’s younger dyke sister goes to the s/m dungeon…with musical numbers.”
Pamela Sneed (Literary)
Pamela Sneed is a New York-based poet, writer and actress. 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. In 2015, she appeared inArt Forum and The Huffington Post. At current, she teaches in the department of Journalism and Communication at LIU and is online faculty at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute teaching Human Rights and Writing Art. In 2016, She performed at the 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 forthcoming Chapbook, Sweet Dreams, will be published by Belladonna in 2017.
John Kelly (Performing Arts)
John Kelly is an experimental theater artist who, as author, choreographer, director, visual artist, and performer, creates solo and ensemble mixed media performance works.
Louise Fishman (Visual Arts)
Louise Fishman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 14, 1939. She is recognized as one of the best known American abstract painters of her generation. Her painting style at first gave her some trouble in being recognized.
Angela Dufresne (Visual Arts)
Angela Dufresne was born in Hartford CT to Polish, Irish, French and Italian Catholics in 1969. She was raised in Olathe, Kansas, the town where Dick and Perry stopped in before they went on the kill the Clutters. She was the first of her family linage to get a college degree.
Everett Quinton (Performing Arts)
Everett Quinton was a member of The Ridiculous Theatrical Company and served as its Artistic Director from 1987-1997. He has appeared in Charles Ludlam’s Medea, The Secret Lives of the Sexists, Salammbo, Galas, The Artificial Jungle and the original production of The Mystery of Irma Vep (Obie and Drama Desk Award).
Deborah Kass (Visual Arts)
Deborah Kass is an artist whose paintings examine the intersection of art history, popular culture and the self.