STAFF & ASSOCIATES
Ira Sachs: Founder & Executive Director
Travis Chamberlain: Managing Director
Vanessa Haroutunian: Program Coordinator
Kit Son: Programs & Operations Assistant
David Sheingold: Organization Development Consultant
Adam Baran: Co-curator, Queer|Art|Fim
Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP: Legal Counsel
IRA SACHS, Founder & Executive Director
In 2009, inspired by the election of Obama and compelled by an urgent need to address the lack of institutional and economic support for LGBTQ artists in the United States, Ira Sachs founded Queer|Art. That year, with filmmaker and co-curator Adam Baran, he established the now long-running monthly screening series Queer|Art|Film, now at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village. In 2011, with Lily Binns, he established Queer|Art|Mentorship, which has since become the core program of Queer|Art’s activity. As Executive Director of the organization, Sachs has spearheaded partnerships with the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art and Visual AIDS, plus a major corporate partnership with HBO. Sachs is also an accomplished filmmaker whose work includes the features Little Men, Love is Strange, Keep the Lights On, and Forty Shades of Blue, winner of the 2005 Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize.
TRAVIS CHAMBERLAIN, Managing Director
Travis Chamberlain brings over a decade of curatorial and managerial experience to Queer|Art. In his previous capacities as the Associate Curator of Performance and Manager of Public Programs at the New Museum (2007-2017) and Artistic Director of Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn (2004-2007), Chamberlain worked closely with local and international artists to produce performances, residencies, and exhibitions that reflect a diverse and vibrant arts community. That work, with its intergenerational focus, continues to compel his interest in the excavation of marginalized cultural histories and the advancement of emerging queer voices. As a curator and arts administrator, Chamberlain has organized local and international partnerships and co-presentations with the Stedelijk Museum, TrouwAmsterdam, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Public Theater, Performance Space 122, Movement Research, French Institute Alliance Française, and PEN America, among others.
VANESSA HAROUTUNIAN, Program Coordinator
Vanessa Haroutunian began working with Ira Sachs in 2013, supporting the administration and coordination of Queer|Art’s programs. In 2014, Haroutunian executed the final stages of the organization’s 501c3 setup, making Queer|Art an official non-profit organization. Over the past four years, she has overseen and coordinated five program cycles of Queer|Art|Mentorship and thirteen seasons of Queer|Art|Film. Since her arrival at Queer|Art, Haroutunian has also spearheaded new programmatic initiatives including the Queer|Art|Mentorship Annual Exhibition, Queer|Art|Pride, and The Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant. She was previously Administrative Assistant to the Film & Electronic Arts Department from 2011-2013, where she worked closely with department chair Peggy Ahwesh. Haroutunian is also a video artist, filmmaker, producer, and occasional VJ.
DAVID SHEINGOLD, Organizational Development Consultant
David Sheingold is an independent consultant providing project development, strategic planning, facilitation, and fundraising services. Client list includes: 651 ARTS, A.R.T./New York, ArtsPool, Brooklyn College, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, Miami Light Project, ODC Theater, Pew Charitable Trust, Queer|Art, Spaceworks, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The MAP Fund, and Vermont Performance Lab, among others. Sheingold was previously Dance Theater Workshop’s Senior Producer (2004-2007), Director of Community Programs (2002-2004), and Manager of Institutional Giving (1999-2002). He holds a BA in Urban Studies from Vassar College and an MBA in Management and Organizational Behavior from Baruch College.