Queer/Art/Mentorship Announces Its 2013-2014 Fellowship Winners

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New York, NY (October 3, 2013) – Queer/Art/Mentorship, the multi-disciplinary, inter-generational arts program that pairs and supports mentorship between emerging and established queer artists in NYC, has announced today its third round of Fellows.

Founded in 2011 by filmmaker Ira Sachs and Pilobolus Co-Executive Director Lily Binns, the program has quickly established itself as a nexus of conversation and development for queer artists in the NYC-area and beyond. Queer/Art/Mentorship is one of several ongoing programs run by the larger Queer/Art organization that also includes the popular Queer/Art/Film series in both NYC and Los Angeles.

Each Fellow accepted has been paired with an established New York-based artist within their field for a yearlong mentorship. The relationship that develops aims to support the artistic and professional practice of the Fellow, as well as to develop community-wide conversations about what it means to generate and curate queer work in New York City and America.

Collectively, those selected represent a snapshot of a new generation of openly queer artists making work today. The Fellows chosen in five artistic disciplines are Ella Boureau, Xeňa Semjonová and Colin Self & Lain Kay in Performance; Nicole Goodwin and Peter Knegt in Literary; Seyi Adebanjo and Natalia Leite in Film; Troy Michie and Bridget de Girsigny in Visual Arts; and Rick Herron in Curatorial.

The Fellows were selected after a two-month application and review process from over 100 applicants in all fields. The consistent volume of applicants received during the three years of the program speaks to the role Queer/Art/Mentorship has quickly taken in the arts community, as well as to the need of such programs in face of the continued lack of traditional institutional and economic support for the creation of queer work.

The 2013-2014 Queer/Art/Mentorship Fellows follow the participants in the successful previous years whose projects were lauded and presented at venues such as MoMA, MoMA PS1, Monya Rowe Gallery, Brooklyn Rail, Grey Art Gallery, Recess Gallery, NURTUREart Gallery,  Brooklyn Book Festival, Anna Kustera Gallery, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Bushwick Starr, Studio Museum, Dodge Gallery, The Duplex, among many others.

For more information about this and past years’ Fellows and Mentors, visit the program’s website at Queer/Art/Mentorship.

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