Announcing the AICA-USA Irving Sandler Award for Distinguished Art Criticism

AICA-USA is pleased to announce the establishment of The Irving Sandler Award for Distinguished Art Criticism.

As an organization devoted to serving art writers and critics, we are committed to promoting and honoring excellence in emerging art critics.

At a time when the very role and value of art criticism are in question, we look for guidance and inspiration to esteemed art critic and beloved board member and friend, Irving Sandler, who has tirelessly illuminated the role of art, artists and art criticism in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Beginning in 2019, AICA-USA will bestow The AICA-USA Irving Sandler Award for Distinguished Art Criticism to a talented emerging art critic on an annual basis.

This award marks a continuation of AICA-USA’s dedication to emerging critics and to excellence in art writing, exemplified by its existing programs: The Art Critic Mentoring Program, organized in partnership with the Cue Art Foundation; the Art Writing Workshop, a partnership with the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program; and the annual Distinguished Critic Lecture, hosted in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.

AICA supports art writers around the world through public programs and membership that includes free access to museums across the globe. Since its formation in 1950, AICA has been committed to elevating the values of art criticism as a discipline, and acting on behalf of the physical and moral defense of works of art.
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About AICA

AICA supports arts writers around the world through public programs and membership that offers free access to museums across the globe. AICA-USA represents the largest national section of AICA International with over 450 distinguished critics, curators, scholars, and art historians working throughout the United States. As part of the international organization, we benefit from a global reach in presence. AICA-USA is intent on international communication, elevating the values of art criticism as a discipline, and acting on behalf of the physical and moral defense of works of art.

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Membership Benefits

AICA's membership card is recognized for entrance to museums around the world. Members are invited to attend the annual AICA International Congress, hosted each year by a different member nation, and the AICA-USA annual meeting, which is held every year in May.

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Featured Programs

Organized in collaboration with CUE Art Foundation, this program matches emerging critics with experienced AICA-USA members who guide them through the process of writing a catalogue essay.

A partnership between the Arts Writers Grant Program and AICA-USA that gives art writers the opportunity to strengthen their work through one-on-one consultations with leading art critics.

Every fall, in cooperation with the New School's Vera List Center for Art and Politics, AICA-USA presents a Distinguished Critic Lecture.

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