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Applications are now open for Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists

Now in its fifth year, The Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists sheds light on the under-recognized contributions of Black trans women visual artists and provides critical support to their continuing work.

Queer|Art, NYC’s home for the creative and professional development of LGBTQ+ artists, is pleased to announce the judges for the 2024 Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists. They are: interdisciplinary artist & composer M. Lamar; artist, filmmaker, and activist Tourmaline; and author, performance artist, and curator jaamil olawale kosoko.

Developed and named in partnership with Mariette Pathy Allen, Aaryn Lang, and Serena Jara, this grant supports visual artists who are self-identified Black trans women and awards $10,000 to the winner and $1,250 to distinguished finalists. Winning artists will receive additional professional development resources and further guidance to bolster their creative development in the field.  

Queer|Art has also opened up applications and announced judges for the 2024 Giard Grant.

The judges for the 2024 Robert Giard Grant for Emerging LGBTQ+ Photographers: editor-in-chief of Them Sarah Burke, interdisciplinary artist Jess T. Dugan, historian and curator Jacqueline Francis, and photographer Tommy Kha. Queer|Art’s first international grant provides an award of $10,000 for the winner and $1,250 for distinguished finalists, to support the creation of new work by emerging LGBTQ+ photographers.

Named in honor of photographer Robert Giard (1939-2002), a portrait, landscape, and figure photographer whose work focused on LGBTQ+ lives and issues, the grant focuses on supporting emerging LGBTQ+ photographers whose projects address issues of sexuality, gender, or LGBTQ+ identity. After five years, 2024 will be Queer|Art’s final year hosting the Robert Giard Grant.

Robert Girard | Photo: Toba Tucker

Applications open March 31st, 2024 and close June 30th, 2024. Prospective applicants should review application requirements and apply directly through the Queer|Art website.

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