On June 1, 2020, AICA-USA's Professional Issues Committee hosted a members-only discussion on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected art criticism. The discussion opened remarks by Judith Stein and Norman Kleeblatt, AICA-USA co-presidents, about the significance of recent efforts to gather information and feedback from members via the online member survey. Jill Connor, Professional Issues Committee co-chair, introduced the committee and its mission. Participants had the opportunity to share their experiences of the impact of the pandemic, ask questions, and discuss the role AICA might play in supporting art writers in the future.
Questions for discussion included:
How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your work as a writer?
How do you think the pandemic will change the field of art writing?
How can AICA and its membership best host the conversation on Art Criticism in the US?
How might AICA best serve art writers? What unmet needs could AICA assist with?
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.
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.
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.
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.