The Leslie Lohman Artist Fellowship is a program designed to empower and support queer artists. To date it has served three cohorts, 2017 – 2018, 2018 – 2019, 2019 – 2020 with the next cohort set for 2020 –2021. Fellows participate in a series of professional development workshops that provide art business skills, strategic planning, peer to peer learning, mentorship and community building across disciplines to create a sustainable art practice. A seminar series brings critical discourse and historical context to the program, with topics including queer history, representation, intersectionality and reparations. Fellows will also take part in a biannual curated group exhibition at the Museum. Since its inception, the Fellowship has centered queer artists of color from a wide range of cultural experience.
Ela Troyano, Fellowship Director, leads the professional development workshops. She brings a 35-year track record as an interdisciplinary artist, working both with underground and commercial markets and 13 years of work in professional development for artists—as a lecturer, workshop leader and individual coach.
Aliza Shvarts, Faculty, leads the seminar series. Shvarts is an artist and a theorist who takes a queer and feminist approach to reproductive labor and language. She holds a BA from Yale, a PhD in Performance Studies from NYU, and was a Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program.
2020 – 2021
2019 – 2020
2018 – 2019
2017 - 2018