Board Members

Jay Chen

Jay Chen

Jay 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.

Allen Ellenzweig

Allen 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.

Michael Hampton

After graduating from Pratt Institute, Michael 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

Mark 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.

Jonathan Silin

Jonathan SilinJonathan is a Fellow at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the author/editor of 4 books including his most recent Early Childhood, Aging and the Life Cycle: Mapping Common Ground. His scholarly essays have appeared in Educational Theory, Harvard Educational Review, and Teachers College Record. His occasional essays have appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Education Week and the New York Times. For more info: Jonathan Silin was Robert Giard’s life partner and is the executor of his estate.

Ka-Man Tse

Ka-Man Tse Board Member

Ka-Man Tse is an artist and educator.  She received an MFA from Yale University, and a BA from Bard College.  She has exhibited her work at Para Site, Videotage, Lumenvisum, and Eaton Workshop in Hong Kong, the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA, and the New York Public Library and Aperture, in New York.  Awards and fellowships include the Aperture Portfolio Prize, the Aaron Siskind Fellowship, a research award from Yale University Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies, and a residency at Light Work.  Curatorial projects include Daybreak, co-curated with Matt Jensen at Leslie Lohman Museum, and Unruly Visions, an exhibition of emerging LGBTQ photographers in Hong Kong opening in January 2021 as part of the Hong Kong International Photography Festival.    This fall 2020, she exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, as part of Art on the Stoop: Sunset Screenings, as well at the Houston Center for Photography, in Keeper of the Hearth, curated by Odette England.  Her monograph, narrow distances was published in 2018 by Candor Arts.   Her photographs have been and featured  in Art Asia Pacific, i-d, dazed,  VOSTOK, Nueva Luz, Aperture, Papersafe Magazine, NEWSPAPER, The New York Times, The New Yorker,  Monocole, Capricious Magazine, Salon, Huffington Post, Slate, Hyphen Magazine, Time Out New York, Time Out Hong Kong, and Ming Pao.  She has taught at Cooper Union, Yale School of Art, the City College of New York, and is currently Associate Director of Undergraduate Photography at Parsons School for Design.

Richard White

Richard White

Richard, LCSW-R, 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.

Efrem Zelony-Mindell

Efrem Zelony MindellEfrem is an independent curator, writer, and painter. His curatorial endeavors include shows in New York City: n e w f l e s h, Are You Loathsome, the International Center of Photography-Bard’s 2017 MFA thesis show Familiar Strange, and Re: Art Show’s This Is Not Here. He writes about art for DEAR DAVE, VICE, HuffPost, Baxter Street Camera Club of New York, Rocket Science Magazine, Musée Magazine, SPOT, and numerous essays for artists monographs. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts.

Advisory Board

  • Christopher Bram, novelist
  • Michael Cunningham, novelist
  • Gabriel de Guzman
  • Lola Flash, photographer
  • Jonathan Ned Katz, independent scholar/historian
  • Barry Klingman, Esq.
  • Duane Michals, photographer
  • Joan Nestle, lesbian historian and writer
  • Carlos Sandoval, documentary filmmaker
  • Barbara Smith, writer and publisher
  • Carl Sylvestre, Director of Development, Theatre Forward
  • Toba Tucker, photographer
  • Julia Van Haaften, consultant and independent curator