Edward Albee, playwright
Christopher Bram, novelist
Michael Cunningham, novelist
Maria Irene Fornes, playwright
Jonathan Ned Katz, independent scholar/historian
Klaus Kertess, writer/curator
Barry Klingman, Esq.
Duane Michals, photographer
Joan Nestle, lesbian historian and writer
Adrienne Rich, poet and essayist †
Jonathan Silin, educational consultant and Executor, Robert Giard Estate
Barbara Smith, writer and publisher
Toba Tucker, photographer
Julia Van Haaften, consultant and independent curator
Jay Chen is an arts administrator specializing in nonprofit finance and fundraising. She received her BA in Individualized Studies from the Gallatin School of New York University and studied poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She was a multidisciplinary grant panelist for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs’ 2012 Cultural Development Fund and has been nominated as a literature panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts for 2014-2015. As a writer, she has been the recipient of awards from the Asian American Arts Alliance, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Center for Book Arts. Born in Tangshan, China, she now lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Gabriel de Guzman, Curator of Visual Arts at Wave Hill, organizes the Sunroom Project Space series for emerging artists and coordinates group exhibitions in Wave Hill’s Glyndor Gallery. He was also co-curator of Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial (summer 2013), featuring 73 artists who participated in the Bronx Museum of the Arts’ Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program in 2012–13. He served as guest curator of the group exhibitions Dimensions Variable: Multiracial Identity (spring 2013), Rush Arts Gallery, New York, and Immigrant Too (fall 2013), Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. Before joining Wave Hill’s staff in 2010, he was Neubauer Family Foundation Curatorial Assistant at The Jewish Museum, where he coordinated exhibitions on Harry Houdini, Louise Nevelson, Joan Snyder, Andy Warhol, and Schoenberg, Kandinsky, and the Blue Rider. Mr. de Guzman contributed an essay in the Bronx Calling catalogue, an entry in Masterworks of The Jewish Museum, as well as biographical texts in catalogues for Houdini: Art and Magic, Warhol’s Jews, Louise Nevelson, and Schoenberg, Kandinsky, and the Blue Rider. He earned an M.A. in art history from Hunter College, City University of New York, and a B.A. in art history from the University of Virginia.
Muriel Dimen, PhD is Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychology, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Editor-in-Chief, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and associate editor, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, she edited the innovative anthology, With Culture in Mind: Psychoanalytic Stories (2011). She is also the author of Sexuality, Intimacy, Power, which won the Goethe Award from the Canadian Psychological Association in 2003. In the private practice of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and consultation in Manhattan, she is currently writing a memoir, Flipping the Couch: An Analyst Remembers When Her Analyst Crossed the Line.
Allen Ellenzweig is an arts critic and cultural commentator currently researching the life of twentieth-century photographer George Platt Lynes. He is a contributing writer to the Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide and has published in Art in America, PASSION: the Magazine of Paris, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and the online magazine, Tablet; he has also published works of short fiction. His landmark 1992 illustrated history, The Homoerotic Photograph: Male Images from Durieu/Delacroix to Mapplethorpe, has been reissued in paperback by Columbia University Press. He teaches in the Writing Program at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York.
After graduating from Pratt Institute, Michael Hampton became a magazine art director, a painter and was an award-winning creative director, executive vice president at Young and Rubicam Advertising for 22 years. He is currently a home designer and developer on the East End of Long Island. While summering in Amagansett, he became a close and longtime friend of Robert Giard who influenced Michael in becoming a photography collector.
Paul Mpagi Sepuya is a visual artist who also has a background in non-profit arts administration and artist support. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and featured and reviewed in the the New Yorker, The New York Times, Art Review, and Interview, among other publications. He has been Artist-in-Residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency (2009-2010), the Center for Photography at Woodstock (2010), Studio Museum in Harlem (2010-2011), and most recently this winter at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago (2014). His most recent artist publication, STUDIO WORK, was published in 2012 and the related body of work has been exhibited at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, and Artspeak, Vancouver and at Platform Centre for Photography in Winnipeg, Canada. Sepuya has worked at Creative Capital Foundation in artist support and grants coordination, and was Artist Support Program Director at the Joan Mitchell Foundation where he established the Creating A Lasting Legacy grant to assist older artists working on their archives. Sepuya is currently an MFA candidate at UCLA.
Carl Sylvestre is a marketing, fundraising and management consultant specializing in cultural, education and social service organizations. Previous professional activities have included management positions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York Theatre Workshop, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Metropolitan Opera Association. Carl holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Columbia University, a Master of Arts in Theatre from Hunter College and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Glasgow.
Jonathan Tichler is photography editor for the Metropolitan Opera, where he has worked for over 20 years. [He produces studio photo shoots and selects and curates photography for the company in all areas, including the company’s Live in HD transmissions, marketing materials, editorial publications, web site, and advertising. He works closely with the marketing, merchandising, press, editorial, education, and development departments.] Born and raised on Long Island, Jonathan spent many summers as a young man visiting his uncle and his companion in their summer house in Amagansett. It is this childhood memory and familial tie that provides Jonathan with a special connection to Robert Giard, who knew and photographed his uncle’s companion. An accomplished photographer himself, Jonathan studied computer science at Princeton University and lives in Brooklyn.
Jennifer Vinopal is a librarian, scholar, teacher, and mother. In her library work, she focuses primarily on building services to support scholars' use of technology for teaching and research. She speaks and publishes on how effective management, leadership, and organizational development can help teams to achieve their strategic goals. She is particularly interested in issues related to gender and leadership in our technology-rich culture, and the impediments to women's full participation in it.