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.
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.
Mark Maltais is art director at Rolling Stone, a biweekly iconic pop-culture magazine focusing on music, politics, television, culture, and current world events. Mark came to Rolling Stone after several years of work for American Express as art director of Travel + Leisure magazine. In 2005, he founded his own design practice to focus on magazine and book publishing, working directly in collaboration with the following titles: People, Town & Country, Vanity Fair, Martha Stewart: The Catalog for Living, More, and Esquire among others. During this time, he worked with Rizzoli International to art direct Self Exposure: The Male Nude Self Portrait, an art book featuring more than 100 works from established masters such as: Robert Mapplethorpe, David Hockney, and Andy Warhol as well as up-and-coming photographers. In 2009, Mark was commissioned by the Federal Communications Commission to design Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan: a 350-page report to The United States Congress about a proposal to expand broadband capacity in America. Mark lives and works in New York City.
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 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.
Jennifer Vinopal is a librarian at New York University. Her background is in humanities scholarship, library collection development, digital library initiatives, and public service. She works in partnership with scholars, librarians, archivists, technologists, and others to explore the production of new-form scholarship and its attendant challenges. Her research examines various aspects of organizational culture, including methods for communication and strategic planning, management practices for building scalable and sustainable services, the quest for diversity in the library profession, and the value and praxis of intersectional feminist leadership.
Richard White, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and psychoanalytic candidate with a private practice in Manhattan. Previously, he had a career in banking, risk management, and insurance-related corporate finance in New York City. He was educated at Randolph-Macon College in VA; The University of Chicago, where he pursued a Ph.D. in English and critical theory; and the New York University School of Social Work. He joins the Giard Board with interests in photography, as well as the history of the LGBTQ community and its evolution into new forms and significations.