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Queer|Art announces new cohort for national mentorship program

Eight emerging LGBTQ+ artists have been selected from across the country to form the creative and professional development program’s national cohort.

Queer|Art, NYC’s home for the creative and professional development of LGBTQ+ artists, is pleased to announce the new Fellows for the 2023 Queer|Art|Mentorship (QAM) program cycle. The Mentorship program is the cornerstone of Queer|Art’s work, providing a platform of support for LGBTQ+ artists focused on creative issues and long-term sustainability of artistic practice. Now in its 12th year, the organization’s celebrated year-long creative and professional development program supports both remote and in-person participation between early-career and established LGBTQ+ artists from across the country. In doing so, Queer|Art|Mentorship bridges professional and social thresholds that often isolate artists by generation, discipline, and region. The 2023 cohort is made up of Mentors and Fellows participating across five states: California, New York, Illinois, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.

The eight Fellows accepted for the 2023 Queer|Art|Mentorship program cycle, and the Mentors with whom they will be working are:

Demetri Burke with Mentor, Camilo Godoy (Visual Art)
Kearra Amaya Gopee with Mentor, Constantina Zavitsanos (Visual Art)
Miranda Haymon with Mentor, Zackary Drucker (Film)
Zefyr Lisowski with Mentor, T. Fleischmann (Literature⁣⁣)
Miller Robinson with Mentor, Jeffrey Gibson (Visual Art⁣⁣)
Nora Sharp with Mentor, Will Davis (Performance)
Catching On Thieves with Mentor, Lilly Wachowski (Film)
Lu Yim with Mentor, Julie Tolentino (Performance)

Visual Art

Demetri Burke (he/him) is an emerging artist residing in Atlanta, GA. Through the use of painting and installation, he will be working with Mentor Camilo Godoy to connect the past with the present; and the myth-making of childhood with the realities of adulthood in hopes of capturing the mundane and the spectacular through a Black southern lens.

Kearra Amaya Gopee (they/them) is an anti-disciplinary artist working across video, sculpture, sound, and writing, paired with Mentor Constantina Zavitsanos. They will be developing original sin, a bio-mythographic, multi-channel video work that ruminates on Caribbean judicial hauntologies made flesh via their relationship with their paternal family, ancestral sin, and the circumstances of their own birth in Miami, FL in the 1990s.

Miller Robinson (they/them, it/itself) is a trans, 2Spirit artist of mixed Karuk, Yurok, and European descent, focusing on themes of transfiguration, storytelling, care, and the passage of non-linear timelines. With Mentor Jeffrey Gibson, they will be working on a creation story of self that takes the form of a suit transformed through fire and a performance-based video bridging synaptic learning mechanisms with healing relations to land and language.

Literature

Zefyr Lisowski (she/they) is a trans disabled poet and multidisciplinary artist exploring sex, griefwork, and the complexity of queer love under various systems of oppression. They will be working with Mentor T. Fleischmann to develop Ghostdaughter, a book of hybrid poem-essays about inherited grief, familial violence, and the artist’s late sister.

Performance

Nora Sharp (they/them) is a creator, performer, and filmmaker who uses world-building narrative, interpersonal curiosity, and movement improvisation to draw attention to queer and trans people’s unfolding relationships with themselves and each other. With Mentor Will Davis, they will be working on a DIY reality TV show about dancemaking and a solo performance that channels imagined extraterrestrial understandings of queerness.

Lu Yim (they/them) is a choreographer, teacher, and poet whose work is influenced by community care practices. They will work with Mentor Julie Tolentino on a performance made to uplift the meaning of care work and reveal complex bodily experiences associated with healing, through embodiment practices.

Film

Miranda Haymon (they/she) is a Princess Grace Award winning writer, director, and curator currently developing several projects in theater, opera, podcasts, and film. They will work with Mentor Zackary Drucker on Queer Sibs, a documentary and performance project developed out of the artist’s relationship with their older gay brother, investigating how social allyship intersects with family bonds.

Catching On Thieves (she/her) is a multimedia artist who creates to both understand what is to be & to stay alive. With Mentor Lilly Wachowski, she will be working on a Kafka-esque feature film called Convenient Lies about a suicidal therapist, as well as a comic about West Philly’s LGBTQIA+ scene.

For more information about Queer|Art|Mentorship and the new cohort of Fellows and Mentors, go to www.queer-art.org/mentorship.

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