Travis Chamberlain. Photo: Lia Clay.

Travis Chamberlain Named Executive Director of Queer|Art

Queer|Art has announced that its current managing director, Travis Chamberlain, has been appointed the nonprofit organization’s new executive director, effective immediately. The promotion coincides with the start of Queer|Art’s tenth year of programming. Chamberlain succeeds Ira Sachs, an independent filmmaker who founded the nonprofit in 2009. Sachs will remain active at the organization as a member of its board of directors.

“Travis has come fully into his own in terms of his leadership and the vision he brings to Queer|Art,” Sachs said in a statement. “Over the last two years, he has shown how the impact of Queer|Art can grow exponentially by deepening both our core programs, as well as our commitment to our core values, and he is ready now to lead the organization into its next chapter.”

While serving as managing director, Chamberlain helped the organization expand its programs and services, develop new partnerships, grow and diversify its staff, and open its first dedicated office. He was also instrumental in launching Queer|Art’s mentorship program. Prior to joining Queer|Art, Chamberlain worked as associate curator of performance and manager of public programs at the New Museum and as artistic director of the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn. He has also collaborated with artists such as Ishmael Houston-Jones, Dennis Cooper, Karen Finley, Julie Tolentino, and Wu Tsang to produce a variety of performances, residencies, and exhibitions.

Commenting on his new role, Chamberlain said: “I feel deeply connected to the principles of mentorship, tribute, and interdisciplinary exchange that guide Queer|Art’s programming. The sense of community, cultural lineage, and creative and spiritual support Queer|Art provides to the artists it serves—emerging, established, retired, and no longer living—are needed now in a particularly urgent way. I look forward to continuing my work with Ira and our board to expand upon the success of Queer|Art’s current programming and to advance the organization’s profile in dynamic new directions.”