Queer|Artwork Announces Judges For 3rd Annual Illuminations Grant For Black Trans Gals Visual Artists

Ora Sawyers

To commemorate Transgender Day of Visibility, Queer|Artwork, NYC’s property for connecting and empowering generations of LGBTQ+ Artists, is pleased to announce the judges for the 3rd annual Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Females Visual Artists: interdisciplinary artist Jonathan Lyndon Chase author, curator, and activist Kimberly Drew, and design, performer, and fashion illustrator Connie Fleming.

Designed and named in partnership with Mariette Pathy Allen, Aaryn Lang, and Serena Jara, this yearly $10,000 grant, awarded to draw focus to an current body of operate, sheds light-weight on the less than-regarded contributions of Black trans ladies visual artists and provides significant help to their continuing perform. The initial of its kind, the Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Gals Visible Artists aims to accurate the exclusion of Black trans females from the much larger art canon and uplift profound lineages of Black trans girls inventive tactics, mapping avenues for foreseeable future generations of Black trans girls artists.

Queer|Art is pleased to announce that the grant will also provide a $1,250 award to four finalists, in addition to the $10,000 awarded to a winner each and every calendar year. The successful artist will acquire professional improvement methods, including a studio take a look at with every single participating decide, to bolster their creative advancement in the area.

Applications are open March 31 – June 30, 2022, and the grant will be awarded in September 2022. Study additional and utilize now here!

Jonathan Lyndon Chase is an interdisciplinary artist who will work in portray, video clip, sound and sculpture to depict queer black like and local community amidst the back drop of urban and domestic areas. Chase’s figures cling in many kinds of articulation intertwined with domestic markers of a kitchen area or a bed room, they are then tethered by pop and street signage to mix emotional and physical, interior and exterior states of currently being. Rendered by levels of brilliant, visceral paint, make- up, foam and glitter these compositions problem and subvert canonical misrepresentation and exclusion of the black system. The latest exhibitions include things like WHAT DO YOU SEE, YOU People today, GAZING AT ME at Sadie Coles HQ, London. Chase’s operate has been previously showcased in Artwork Basel, Switzerland Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pond Modern society (solo), Shanghai Corporation Gallery, New York LSU Museum of Art (solo), Baton Rouge the Rubell Basis, Miami Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke California African American Museum, Los Angeles Woodmere Artwork Museum, Philadelphia The Bunker, Collection of Beth Rudin De-Woody, Palm Seaside and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fantastic Art, Philadelphia. Their get the job done is involved in quite a few personal and public collections these kinds of as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Walker Artwork Heart, ICA Miami, Superior Artwork Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bronx Muse um, Rubell Family members Collection, Buxton Contemporary Art Museum, The Wedge Collection, Pennsylvania Academy of Wonderful Art and Woodmere Museum of Artwork. Chase was born in 1989 in Philadelphia, PA wherever they presently reside and operate.

Kimberly Drew is a writer, curator, and activist. Drew received her B.A. from Smith Higher education in Artwork History and African-American Studies. She very first professional the art earth as an intern in the Director’s Office of The Studio Museum in Harlem. Her time at the Studio Museum encouraged her to commence the Tumblr web site Black Modern day Art, sparking her desire in social media. Drew’s composing has appeared in Vainness Reasonable, Vogue, Glamour, Playboy, and Teenager Vogue and she has executed Instagram takeovers for Prada, The White House, and Instagram. Drew served as the Social Media Supervisor at The Achieved. She is the co-editor of Black Futures which she revealed in 2020 with Jenna Wortham. Drew lately joined Pace Gallery as Affiliate Director. You can stick to her at @museummammy on Instagram and Twitter.

Connie (Woman) Fleming is a performer, design, stylist, vogue illustrator, and plain New York City legend. As a renowned phase performer, she has graced iconic nightlife venues like the Palladium, the Tunnel, and the Pyramid carried out in numerous movies for George Michael, Chic, and Jody Watley and appeared in the opening montages for Saturday Night Live and MTV Information. Connie’s status as a manner icon and cultural muse has led her to model for Thierry Mugler, Vivienne Westwood, and Andre Walker across New York and Paris. A charter member of the Household of Field and a Mistress of Ceremonies at Jackie 60, Connie began her reign as a person of New York’s most sought-immediately after gate-keepers when she worked the doorway at Eric Conrad’s Poop at the Supper Club. Her inimitable trend drawings have been made use of to illustrate costumes for Beyoncé, Anastasia, Swarovski, and “The Satan Wears Prada,” among other people. These days, Connie splits her time involving various inventive endeavors, and works as a runway coach, producer, and casting director for numerous manner brand names in New York and overseas.

The Illuminations Grant is awarded to draw focus to an present human body of work. Capable artists ought to be self-identified Black trans females and trans femmes who are early-job operating in visual art and primarily based in the United States. Programs are open up March 31, 2022-June 30, 2022 and the grant will be awarded in September 2022.

The Illuminations Grant defines visible artwork broadly to consist of artwork kinds like, but not limited to: ceramics, drawing, portray, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and fiber arts. When this grant is specifically interested in supporting artists working in 2D and 3D art forms, time-dependent mediums, these types of as video/film may possibly also be regarded as.

Master additional about the Grant Staff Listed here.

Queer|Artwork was born out of the recognition of a technology of artists and audiences dropped to the ongoing AIDS crisis, and in a profound knowledge that one of the a lot of repercussions of that decline has been a lack of mentors and role versions for a new era of LGBTQ+ artists.

Started in 2009 by filmmaker Ira Sachs, Queer|Artwork serves as a ballast from this reduction and seeks to emphasize and address a continuing basic deficiency of equally economic and institutional aid for LGBTQ+ artists. Our mission is to connect and empower generations of LGBTQ+ artists, while supplying the instruments, means, and guidance artists have to have to realize results and visibility for their function at the greatest degrees of their field.

The existing packages of Queer|Art include: the calendar year-very long Queer|Artwork|Mentorship system the long-jogging Queer|Artwork|Movie series, held month-to-month at the IFC Center in lower Manhattan and Queer|Art|Awards, an initiative of grants, prizes, and awards that delivers many kinds of immediate guidance-financial and in any other case-to LGBTQ+ artists.

A listing of the intergenerational local community of artists supported and introduced alongside one another by Queer|Artwork features: Silas Howard, Jennie Livingston, Matt Wolf, Hilton Als, Sarah Schulman, Pamela Sneed, Justin Vivian Bond, Jibz Cameron, Trajal Harrell, John Kelly, Geoffrey Chadsey, Everett Quinton, Geo Wyeth, Angela Dufresne, Nicole Eisenman, Avram Finkelstein, Chitra Ganesh, Pati Hertling, Jonathan Katz, Tourmaline & Sasha Wortzel, Jess Barbagallo, Morgan Bassichis, Monstah Black, Yve Laris Cohen, Troy Michie, Tommy Pico, Justin Sayre, Colin Self, Jacolby Satterwhite, Rick Herron, and Hugh Ryan, among quite a few others.

Understand much more at www.queer-artwork.org

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