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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 Dharma, Out in All Directions, Management Tools for Arts Professionals in East and Central Europe, Familiar Men, Reading Lips, QDA: 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.