Two AICA-USA Members Win Awards
Avis Berman (left) and Elisa Turner (right)
Avis Berman (left) and Elisa Turner (right)

AICA-USA extends a heartfelt congratulations to members Avis Berman and Elisa Turner, who were recently awarded for their distinguished art writing.

Berman has received a Public Scholars Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to write the first biography of Roy Lichtenstein. The grant is one of 25 awarded this year to support nonfiction books in the humanities.

Berman says, “These grants are explicitly encouraging to independent scholars and others without academic affiliations, so I would urge AICA-USA members to consider applying. They are not as well-known as other fellowships, and I was unaware of them until [AICA-USA co-president] Judith Stein told me of their existence. The deadline for 2021 applications is in mid-December, but if you’re going for one, give yourself plenty of time before then. The website is difficult to understand and navigate. It may take a while before you realize how to upload everything properly.”

Turner has won first place in the 2020 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Florida Sunshine State Awards in Criticism and Commentary for her regular art reviews for Artburst Miami.

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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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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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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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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