I'm Kenney Mencher. I'm an artist who left a tenured professorship in 2016 to pursue making art full time. This blog is about art, art history, with a emphasis on human rights. I make homoerotic art featuring bears, otters & other gay wildlife.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
California Arts Council Launches New Individual Artist Fellowships Program
Agency returns to individual artist funding for first time in 18 years; grants will support individual artistic practice through unrestricted funding
Application deadline: April 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
The California Arts Council's Individual Artist Fellowships grant will support artists from a broad spectrum of artistic practices, backgrounds, geographies and communities, whose work addresses themes such as race, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. In doing so, the CAC will showcase the centrality of artists’ leadership in generating social impact and the evolution of our traditional and contemporary cultures.
The Individual Artist Fellowships will support artists, 18 years of age and older, at key moments in their careers, elevating their capacity for continued contribution to the field and our state. The grant identifies three career tiers at which artists may benefit from this support:
CAC Emerging Artist Fellows – $5,000 per award (approximately 70 artists to be supported)
Artists with between two and four years of artistic practice.
CAC Established Artist Fellows – $10,000 per award (approximately 50 artists to be supported)
Artists with between four and 10 years of artistic practice.
CAC Legacy Artist Fellows – $50,000 per award (approximately 10 artists to be supported)
Well-established artists with 10 or more years of artistic practice.
IMPORTANT: Please read the grant guidelines, application instructions, and grant applicant FAQs before contacting staff.
CAC staff is available to offer guidance and clarification. We recommend that you contact staff well in advance of the deadline to ensure you can be accommodated. Due to a very high volume of inquiries, there may be a delay in our response. Please note:staff assistance is not available after 5:00 p.m. on the day of a grant deadline.
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The @CalArtsCouncil announces the return of funding direct to California's individual artists, for the first time in nearly two decades! Apply now for the Individual Artists Fellowship grant, supporting emerging, established, and legacy artists through unrestricted funds ranging from $5,000 to $50,000: https://arts.ca.gov/grant_program/individual-artists-fellowship/ #ArtsCA
2016-2017 QAM Fellow Virgil B/G Taylor, Installation view of "Hansa Boy etwas das kommt nie wieder vor," 2020
QUEER|ART EVENTS: MARCH 2021
Woah. This March marks one year from the dramatic shifts of March, 2020. Surveying the work of our Queer|Art community artists this month, we marvel at how much has changed in those twelve months—both in the ways we create art and how we experience and appreciate it. And we wonder how many of those changes will stick around, and how many will pass with another year. Only time will tell!
For now, let's dive in. This month:
Angelo Madsen Minax's North by Current premieres at Berlinale (March 1st-5th)
moniquemeloche presents a solo exhibition of new work by Maia Cruz Palileo in Boston (March 6th - April 10th)
Daniel Chew and Micaela Durand's First streaming via e-flux (Through March 8th)
Work by Barbara Hammer and Carolee Schneemann streaming online via the Rosendale Theatre (March 12th-14th)
Seyi Adebanjo's Honor Black Trans Womxn! streaming online for the UK-based program YOU DON'T OWN ME (March 13th)
Adam Baran's Trade Center premieres at South by Southwest (March 16th-20th)
A Virtual Roundtable with Lola Flash and KT Pe Benito (March 18th)
Cuchifritos Gallery's Drawn Together, with work by Maia Chao, on view online/in NYC (Through March 20th)
Frédéric Tcheng presents Teorema/A Summer Dress for Queer|Art|Film (March 22nd)
Interlude, a new audio drama by Harrison David Rivers, streaming online (Through March 24th)
Seven Sunsets, seven weeks of activations, featuring Sasha Wortzel and six collaborators, via Oolite Arts on Instagram (Through April 4th)
More on these works and more accessible March events/announcements below!
—Evan Scott, Newsletter Editor
THIS MONTH'S EVENTS AND ACCESSIBLE ARTWORKS BY QUEER|ART ARTISTS
Angelo Madsen Minax March 1st - 5th: North by Current Online Event:North by Current, a new film by 2020-2021 QAM Mentor Angelo Madsen Minax, will premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. The festival runs for press/industry March 1st-5th, with a selection of films being made available for the public in June. North by Current, which follows Minax as he returns to his rural Michigan hometown after his sister and brother-in-law’s wrongful persecution for the inconclusive death of his niece, was also acquired by PBS' long-running documentary series, POV, for U.S. Broadcast rights. More info here and here.
Maia Cruz Palileo March 6th - April 10th: The Answer is the Waves of the Sea Exhibition (Chicago): moniquemeloche will present The Answer is the Waves of the Sea, an exhibition of new paintings by 2020-2021 QAM Mentor Maia Cruz Palileo. Informed by her family’s Filipino heritage, Palileo investigates the malleable language of painting, offering a panoramic lens through which to investigate the larger questions pertaining to forgotten histories and how best to honor these stories in perpetuity. More info here.
Daniel Chew Through March 8th: First Streaming:First, a short film by 2018-2019 QAM Fellow Daniel Chew and Micaela Durand, is screening as part of e-flux Video & Film's Virtually Yours, the second part of the online series True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’ Films, programmed by Lukas Brasiskis. The work is a glimpse into the realities that teenagers have to negotiate today—how they connect through personas and engage in random digital encounters, and how that in turn shapes them. More here.
Barbara Hammer March 12th - 14th: Women in Experiment Film Program Online Events/Exhibition (Rosendale, NY): The Rosendale Theatre will present Women in Experiment: Carolee Schneemann and Barbara Hammer, a film and event program. Films by both Carolee Schneemann (1939-2019) and QAM Mentor/Award Honoree Barbara Hammer (1939-2019) will be screened, along with panel discussions and an in-theatre media gallery at the theater in Rosendale, New York. More infohere.
Seyi Adebanjo March 13th, 3pm ET: Honor Black Trans Womxn! Online Event: 2013-2014 QAM Fellow Seyi Adebanjo's film Honor Black Trans Womxn! will screen as part of the online festival, YOU DON'T OWN ME: Tales of Resistance, presented by DINA, in collaboration with Reel Femme and Boxie. The film is a call to center Black Trans Womxn, protect and celebrate Black Trans Womxn. What would it look like if Black Trans Womxn were allowed to thrive vs murdered? More here.
Adam Baran March 16th - 20th: Trade Center Online Event: Co-curator of Queer|Art|Film Adam Baran's new film, Trade Center, will premiere at the South by Southwest film festival.
The documentary short film explores the World Trade Center's often overlooked history as a gay cruising site, and considers what is inevitably lost with the commercialization of an historical landmark. March 16th-20th, more here and here.
Melissa Li March 16th, 10am ET: Kleban Prize Ceremony Online Event: Co-librettists 2012-2013 QAM Fellow Melissa Li and Kit Yan and lyricist Benjamin Scheuer have been selected as the winners of the 31st annual Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre. While the award celebrates the artists' career work overall, all three winners recently created works that center the transgender community and experience. The 2021 prizes will be presented at an online ceremony on March 16th. More forthcoming here.
We Are Here: Visionaries of Color Transforming the Art World March 18th, 6pm ET: Virtual Roundtable Publication: Curated by Jasmin Hernandez, the new hardcover, We Are Here, presents the work of Black and Brown visionaries transforming the art world. Interview profiles in the book include members of the QA Community: QAM Fellow DavidAntonio Cruz, QAM Mentors Lola Flash and Tourmaline, QA Prize FinalistKia Labeija, QAF presenters Felipe Baeza and Untitled Queen, and QA Prize Manager KT Pe Benito! A virtual roundtable featuring Mohammed Fayaz, Lola Flash, and KT Pe Benito will be held by the Brooklyn Museum on March 18th. RSVP here, and more on the book here.
Maia Chao Through March 20th: Drawn Together Virtual Exhibition/Exhibition (NYC): Artists Alliance Inc./Cuchifritos Gallery's Drawn Together, featuring 2019-2020 QAM Fellow Maia Chao, Anaïs Duplan, and Yxta Maya Murray, reimagines contracts between art institutions and the artists, curators, and surrounding communities they impact. The artists will facilitate workshops with those who work for, with, and around Cuchifritos, to identify terms and conditions that might enhance the stakeholders’ wellbeing. The artists will then propose new terms to the organization’s bylaws, which will be voted on by the board of the nonprofit. More here. Anyone can contribute to the project, beginning by watching an orientation here.
QUEER|ART|FILM: FREE YOUR MIND March 22nd, 8pm ET: Frédéric Tcheng presents Teorema / A Summer Dress Online Event: Organized by curators Adam Baran and Heather Lynn Johnson, the third “stay-at-home” season of our screening series—titled Queer|Art|Film Club: Free Your Mind—focuses on the art of cinema as it arrives at a challenging crossroads.
This month, Filmmaker/Multi-year QAM Mentor Frédéric Tcheng will lead discussions on two films: Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema and François Ozon's A Summer Dress. Tcheng describes Teorema as "a riddle that has fascinated me ever since I discovered it as a teenager," and A Summer Dress as "an irresistible haiku on the circulation of desire and the fluidity of gender." More info and RSVP here.
Harrison David Rivers Through March 24th: Interlude Online Event:Interlude, a world premiere audio drama from NCTC's New Voices/New Work, is now streaming. Written by 2011-2012 QAM Fellow Harrison David Rivers, the work is a personal reflection of a gay Black man’s experience during the transformative events of 2020. Directed by ShawnJ West, and starring H. Adam Harris. More info/purchase tickets here.
Avram Finkelstein Public Art Series featuring Ken Gonzales-Day Exhibition (NYC): As part of an ongoing series of public installations at Playwrights Horizons, co-curated by Multi-year QAM Mentor Avram Finkelstein and David Zinn, work by Ken Gonzales-Day will be presented beginning March 1st. From the artist's Profiled project, the installation places sculptures of human figures from Asia, Colombia, Japan, Mexico, Northern Europe, Singapore, and the United States in unexpected encounters with one another — not unlike many characters from many plays sharing a single stage. More info here, and watch a conversation with Finkelstein, Jilly Ballistic, Joy Episalla, and Adam Greenfield here.
Sasha Wortzel Through April 4th: Seven Sunsets Online Event: In conjunction with the artist's Oolite Arts exhibition Dreams of Unknown Islands, 2012-2013 QAM Fellow Sasha Wortzelhas invited six collaborators nationwide to activate seven minutes at sunset (ET) over a span of seven weeks. The series will culminate with a sunset video by Wortzel on April 4 in conjunction with the closing of the exhibition. More information here and stream on Instagram here.
Virgil B/G Taylor Hansa Boy etwas das kommt nie wieder vor / there is nothing to be found among the undisplaced Exhibitions (Germany): The Weserburg Museum presents Shunted Sculptures Fleeting Words, which includes work by 2016-2017 QAM Fellow Virgil B/G Taylor. Taylor's Hansa Boy... explores the museum's location on the Teerhof peninsula, and 19th century politician Bürgermeister Johann Smidt, part of one of a local bridge's namesake, whose was committed to the removal of Jewish people from Bremen. More info here. Taylor also has an installation, entitled there is nothing to be found among the undisplaced, presented at Städtische Galerie Bremen. More here.
Beginning in April: Study Session: spread (medium) In preparation for a series of performed reading groups in April (8th and 20th), Taylor and collaborator Ashkan Sepahvand are putting together proposed readings for those interested in attending. RSVP here.
Jacolby Satterwhite Through May 9th: Climate Changing Exhibition (Columbus): 2011-2012 QAM Fellow Jacolby Satterwhite's work is featured in the group exhibition Climate Changing at the Wexner Center for the Arts. The exhibition foregrounds contemporary artists’ engagement with social issues and shaping institutions, raising critical questions as we face the entwined crises of systemic racism and a global health pandemic. More info here.
Jibz Cameron / Silas Howard / Stacey Passon Dickinson Season 2 Streaming: 2015-2016 QAM Mentors Silas Howard andStacie Passonhave each directed multiple episodes of the second season of the AppleTV+ series Dickinson, a dramatization of the life and times of Emily Dickinson. 2014-2015 QAM Mentor Jibz Cameroncan be seen on the fifth episode, directed by Howard, playing the painter Sanford Robinson Gifford. More about the series and stream here.
Maia Chao / Chitra Ganesh Best! Letters from Asian American in the arts Publication: 2019-2020 QAM Fellow Maia Chao and 2014-2015 QAM Mentor