John Killacky
Affiliated with Division of Communication and Creative Media, Professional Writing

John Killacky is in his first term as a legislator in the Vermont House of Representatives. As an arts administrator, he ran Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco as well as working as a philanthropic program officer for Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia and The San Francisco Foundation.

He is a lecturer, panelist, and consultant nationally and published extensively. Locally, his commentaries are heard on VPR, and published in VTDigger, Burlington Free Press, and The Other Paper. His work has been anthologized in Queer DharmaOut in All DirectionsManagement Tools for Arts Professionals in East and Central Europe, Familiar Men, Reading LipsQDA: A Queer Disability Anthology, and the Lambda Award-winning Queer Crips: Disabled Gay Men and Their Stories, which he co-edited.

Professor Killacky's videos have been screened in festivals, museums, hospitals, and universities throughout the world. His work has been televised locally in Minneapolis, Burlington, and Houston; statewide in Vermont; nationally on Free Speech TV and PBS; and is in the collections of numerous libraries and universities. Champlain College hosted an exhibition, Embodied Voices: Video Narratives, featuring nine of his works in 2017.

He curated a retrospective exhibition of a Vermont photographer, Dona Ann McAdams: Performative Acts, that is currently touring Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Castleton University Bank Gallery in Rutland, Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, and the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn in Burlington through 2020.

  • John Killacky Day Proclamation from Miro Weinberger, Burlington Mayor. 2018.
  • Vermont Autism Task Force Appreciation Award. 2016.
  • Vermont Art Council Kannenstine Award for Arts Advocacy. 2015.
  • Homer Avila DanceAble Award. 2006.
  • Lambda Literary Award "Queer Crips." 2004.
  • APAP Fan Taylor Award, 2004 and William Dawson Award, 1995.
  • Harvard Business School Community Partnerships Scholarship. 2002.
  • Acadia Summer Arts Program Residency. 2001.
  • Gerbode Professional Development Fellowship. 2001.
  • Dance USA's Ernie Award for contributions to the field. 2000.
  • Grand Marshall Twin Cities G/L/B/T Pride Parade. 1997.
  • First Bank Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Artistic Vision. 1995.