Queer/Art Mentorship: OPEN CALL

Queer|Art is pleased to announce the new Mentors for the 2025 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 14th 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.

QUEER|ART|MENTORSHIP was founded to develop an intergenerational and interdisciplinary network of support and shared knowledge for LGBTQ+ artists.

Queer|Art proudly welcomes six new Mentors to the program: interdisciplinary and conceptual artist Ken Gonzales-Day, writer and transformative justice worker Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (The Future is Disabled), actor and writer Erin Markey, sculptor and performance artist Young Joon Kwak, director and screenwriter Andrew Ahn (Fire Island), and director Tabitha Jackson (The Imposter). Joining them are five returning Mentors: fiber artist Liz Collins, author Stacy Szymaszek (Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals), interdisciplinary visual artist Chitra Ganesh, bestselling author Alexander Chee (The Queen of the Night), director and screenwriter Frédéric Tcheng (Invisible Beauty); as well as a previous Fellow turned Mentor: interdisciplinary choreographer Raja Feather Kelly.

Click through the Mentor profiles below to learn more about them, their creative practice, and their diverse approaches to mentorship. Applications are open through July 30th.

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