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Queer|Art is pleased and excited to announce the new Mentors for the 2018-2019 Queer|Art|Mentorship program. Applications for the 2018-2019 QAM Program Cycle will open on May 12th, 2018 so mark your calendars!
Now in its eighth year, Queer|Art|Mentorship supports a year-long exchange between early-career and advanced-career LGBTQ artists and curators working together in pairs and as a class. 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.
Elisabeth Subrin is an award-winning writer, director and video artist. Her critically acclaimed first feature, A Woman, A Part was released theatrically in 2017. Subrin is also an internationally acclaimed video and installation artist whose work has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Biennial, The Institute of Contemporary Art in London, The Guggenheim Museum, The Venice Viennale, and Harvard Film Archives, among others.
Frédéric Tcheng is a civil engineer turned filmmaker. Originally from France, he holds an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University. He co-produced and co-edited Valentino: The Last Emperor, co-director of Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, and his directorial debut, Dior and I, was released internationally in 2015 to critical and public acclaim.
Che Gossett is a trans femme 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. Ánzaldúa Award from the American Studies Association, a Radcliffe research grant from Harvard University, 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.
Charles Rice-González, born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx, is a writer, long-time community and LGBT activist, and co-founder of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. His debut novel Chulito (Magnus Books 2011) has received nearly a dozen awards including a 2013 Stonewall Book Awards - Barbara Gittings Literature Award Honor from the American Library Association.
Mashuq Mushtaq Deen is an award-winning, queer theater artist and a resident playwright at New Dramatists (class of 2022). His newest production “Draw the Circle” performed at Mosaic Theater and Rattlestick Theater. He is a MacDowell Colony's Arch and Bruce Brown Fellow (2015-16), and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow.
David Thomson, a native New Yorker, has primarily worked as a collaborative performer/creator in the fields of music, dance, theater, and performance. Thomson is a Bessie Award-winning artist for Sustained Achievement (2001), a 2012 US Artist Ford Fellow, a NYFA Fellow in Choreography, and a Yaddo, MacDowell and Rauschenberg Fellow.
Nancy Brooks Brody is a visual artist, whose work spans across media and materials, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and more recently site specific interventions. Her work is in the permanent collections at MOCA, Los Angeles as well as Trafic FRAC Haute-Normandie, Rouen, France and Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, FNAC Paris, France. Committed to social justice and activism, she was a member of ACT UP and is a founding member of the collective, fierce pussy.
C. Finley is the curator of the Whitney Houston Biennial, which recently completed its second iteration. As an artist, Finley is known for her elaborate geometric paintings, skillful use of color, and her activism through street art. Previous projects include Wallpapered Dumpsters which has been featured in the New York Times, La Repubblica, the Huffington Post, NYLON Magazine, Dazed, and Women’s Wear Daily.
Neil Goldberg makes video, photo, mixed media, and performance work that focuses on embodiment, sensing, mortality and the everyday. This work has been exhibited at venues including The Museum of Modern Art (permanent collection), The New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of the City of New York, The Kitchen, and The Hammer Museum.
Nelson Santos is an artist, curator, designer, and the former Executive Director of Visual AIDS, a non-profit arts organization that utilizes art to fight AIDS and supports artists living with HIV/AIDS. While at Visual AIDS (2000-2017) he curated Video Positive, The Bronx Museum, NY; Go Figure, LGBT Center, NY; Robert Blanchon + Stephen Andrews, Miami Dade Art Gallery, FL; Between Ten, Spin Gallery, Toronto, and co-curated Sight of Constructions with Michael Gonzalez.
What is Queer|Art|Mentorship?
Queer|Art|Mentorship supports a year-long exchange between early-career and advanced-career LGBTQ artists living in New York City - working together in pairs and as a class across five fields of creative 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 2018-2019 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.
Beginning with the 2018-2019 cycle of Queer|Art|Mentorship, prospective Fellows in Curatorial Practice will 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, under this new model, 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.
What Is The Timeframe?
Applications open: May 12, 2018 Intent to Apply Deadline:June 12, 2018 Application Deadline:July 18, 2018 Program Begins: October 2018
Each Mentor chooses the Fellow they will be working with during the program. Applicants selected to participate in the program receive year-long support (October 2018-September 2019) with once-a-month meetings with their Mentor. Fellows also meet monthly as a group, further engaging with a community of artistic peers across disciplines.