Art Writing Workshop

The Art Writing Workshop is a partnership between the Arts Writers Grant Program and AICA-USA that gives ten applicants to the program an opportunity to strengthen their work through one-on-one consultations with leading art critics over a six month period, from January through June. Participants in the workshop will focus on the craft of writing. Through intensive discussions of their writing, they and their mentors will consider such issues as the development of a critical voice, organizational structure, and argument.

All eligible applicants to the Arts Writers Grant Program who wish to hone their skills and develop compelling prose that uses rhetoric and description effectively, renders complex ideas clearly, and situates art works within their broader contexts, are appropriate candidates for the Art Writing Workshop.

The possibility of participating in the Art Writing Workshop is available to all eligible applicants to the Arts Writers Grant Program who are not selected to advance to the final panel review phase of the grant selection process.

To learn more about applying for an Arts Writers Grant, visit artswriters.org.

2018 Art Writing Workshop Participants

AICA-USA board member Amei Wallach is an art critic, commentator, and filmmaker. She has written or contributed to more than a dozen books. Her articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Smithsonian, Vanity Fair, Art in America, and ArtNews. She was on-air arts commentator for the PBS MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour and chief art critic for New York Newsday. Her acclaimed feature-length documentaries Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine (2008), co-directed with the late Marion Cajori, and Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here (2013) remain in international demand. Her latest film, Americans In Venice, due out in 2020 examines the intersection of art and international politics today and in 1964, when Robert Rauschenberg became the first American to win the Lion d’Or in painting at the Venice Biennale, and instigated the global spread of art.

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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