Queer|Art|Mentorship 2017-2018 Applications Open!

Queer|Art is pleased and excited to announce that applications for the 2017-2018 QAM Program Cycle are now open!
Now in its seventh year, Queer|Art|Mentorship pairs early-career and advanced-career LGBTQ artists in a year-long exchange. This year’s program includes an incredible lineup of Mentors working in five different fields of artistic practice: Film, Literature, Performance, Visual Art, and Curatorial Practice. 

The new Mentors for the 2017-2018 Queer|Art|Mentorship program are:

Kimberly Reed’s first feature-length documentary, Prodigal Sons, has garnered 14 Audience and Jury awards, landing on numerous “Best of the Year” lists after a successful theatrical run. She was also the producer/editor/writer for the documentary Paul Goodman Changed My Life and a producer of The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson. Reed was recognized as The Advocate's “Five to Watch,” and OUT Magazine's “Out 100.” Filmmaker Magazine named her one of “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” 

Frédéric Tcheng is a civil engineer turned filmmaker and holds a MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University. He co-produced and co-edited Valentino: The Last Emperor, shortlisted for the Best Documentary Oscar in 2009, and is co-director of Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To TravelDior and I, his directorial debut, was released internationally in 2015 to critical and public acclaim. 

Rose Troche is a writer/director/producer of film, television and new media. Her career began with her debut feature, Go Fish which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994. She has continued to work in film, television and most recently Virtual Reality with three back to back debuts at Sundance (2015-17).

Visual Art

Liz Collins is an artist and designer who explores the boundaries between painting, fiber arts and installation. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, NY, in addition to numerous solo shows. Her awards include a United States Artist Target Fellowship, a MacColl Johnson Fellowship, and a CeCArtsLink Grant.

Neil Goldberg makes video, photo, mixed media and performance work that focuses on embodiment, mortality and the everyday. His work has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, New Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, The Kitchen, and The Hammer Museum, among other venues. He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, among others. He teaches at the Yale School of Art and Parsons.


Che Gossett is a writer, an archivist at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and a PhD candidate in trans/gender studies at Rutgers. They are the recipient of the 2014 Gloria E. Anzaldúa Award from the American Studies Association, a Radcliffe research grant from Harvard University and the 2014 Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies from the Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies at the City University of New York, and the 2014 Martin Duberman Research Scholar Award from the New York Public Library.

Naomi Jackson is the author of The Star Side of Bird HillStar Side was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, longlisted for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award, and named an Honor Book for Fiction by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Jackson studied fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


Moe Angelos is one of The Five Lesbian Brothers, who have written, performed, and published six plays. She has collaborated with the Builders Association as a performer and writer since 2000. She has been involved with the WOW Café for many years and has appeared in the work of many downtown luminaries including Carmelita Tropicana, Anne Bogart, Holly Hughes, Lois Weaver, Kate Stafford, Brooke O’Harra, Half Straddle and The Ridiculous Theatrical Company. 

David Thomson is a collaborative performer/creator in the fields of music, dance, theater, and performance, and has worked with Mel Wong, Trisha Brown, David Roussève, Wendy Perron, Ralph Lemon, Yvonne Rainer, among many others. His own work has been presented by The Kitchen, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, Roulette, and Movement Research. Thomson has served on the faculties of Movement Research, NYU/Experimental Theater Wing, Sarah Lawrence, The New School, Barnard, and Pratt.

Curatorial Practice

Margaret Ewing is a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, where she recently co-organized Kai Althoff: and then leave me to the common swifts. Past exhibitions include Pierre Huyghe: Untilled, The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, and Carol Bove: The Equinox. She also contributed to the 2013 Triennial at the International Center of Photography. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Illinois.

C. Finley is the curator of the Whitney Houston Biennial, which recently completed its second iteration. Also an artist, Finley’s work has been shown internationally at Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna; Superchief Gallery Los Angeles; Jenn Singer Gallery New York; Context/Art Miami; and many other venues. As a member of the artist collective HowDoYouSayYamInAfrican?, she participated in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

What is Queer|Art|Mentorship?

Queer|Art|Mentorship supports a year-long exchange between individual pairings of early-career and advanced-career LGBTQ working artists living in New York City across five fields of artist practice (Film, Literature, Performance, Visual Art, and Curatorial Practice). 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. In this way, the program nurtures exchange between artists at all levels of their careers and works against a natural segregation between generations and disciplines. At the culmination of the program, each fellow participates in a special exhibition that showcases the progress of their project. The program begins in October and ends in November of the following year. 

What Kind of Fellows Are We Looking For?

We seek Fellows who:
·    Work within at least one of the following artistic fields: Film, Literature, Performance, Visual Art, or Curatorial Practice
·    Self-Identify as queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender
·    Are New York City-based
·    Are not currently enrolled in school or university
·    Are Early-Career and professionally focused
·    Have a specific project they’d like to work on with a mentor during the 2017-2018 Mentorship cycle.
Most importantly, we are looking for artists who have an extraordinary potential for engagement in queer and artistic communities and would gain from, and add to, interaction with others.

What Is The Timeframe?
Applications open: June 1, 2017
Intent to Apply Deadline: June 30, 2017
Application Deadline: July 31, 2017
Program Begins: October 2017

Applicants selected to participate in the program will be paired with individual Mentors for year-long support (October 2017-September 2018) with once-a-month meetings between each Mentor and Fellow. Fellows are also required to meet monthly as a group, further developing a community of artistic peers across disciplines.  

Please go to for more information about the program, Mentors, and application instructions.

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