John Q is an idea collective interested in public scholarship, interventions, and memory. Through our projects, we seek to expand notions of archival research, as well as experiment with different ways we might be in relation to the past.

The collective’s name references “John Q. Public.” The “public” is left understood, though the work is considered a kind of public scholarship, and the “Q” is left hanging to reference our interest in queer tactics.

The collective was founded by Wesley Chenault, Andy Ditzler and Joey Orr.


DOWNLOAD the catalog HERE

The Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University published a catalog of our work through 2014, PROJECTS: John Q, 2009-2014, with essays by Jonathan D. Katz and Shawn Michelle Smith, as well as an interview with public art historian Julia Brock. It can be ordered by contacting the museum, or you can download the PDF above.

John Q is pleased to announce the inclusion of our video installation, Take Me With You, in the exhibit, you + me: intersections, interconnections, interruptions, at Crosstown Arts in Memphis. The piece debuted at the Zuckerman Museum Art as part of Hearsay and has also been exhibited in Embodied Place: Observations and Notations at the Garage Door Gallery at Sierra Nevada College.


John Q has just completed the commission, SEEKING, for Creative Loafing Atlanta. An original, short-run print published in the pages of this alternative newsweekly, it imagines desire, liberation, and a call to arms embedded in cityscapes of the past.


We are pleased to announce the written version of our performative essay, The Campaign for Atlanta: an essay on queer migration, in the academic journal, QED. The essay can be accessed here: John Q Campaign for Atlanta QED.

 “Hearsay Casts Wide Net at Zuckerman Museum,” Burnaway, September 30, 2014

Zuckerman Museum’s Hearsay, a contemporary spin on Southern storytelling, sets high bar,” ArtsATL, September 13, 2014

John Q in Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta 2013

Our interview with the National Council on Public History

National Endowment for the Arts Southern Constellations Fellowship/ Elsewhere

Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue (NY)

Allan Bérubé prize Honorable Mention/ American Historical Association

The JOSH (Journal of Sexual Homos)/ Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection

contact us at JohnQcollective[at]gmail[dot]com

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