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. Focusing on the craft of writing, the workshop uses participants’ writing samples as a springboard for an in-depth consideration of such issues as voice, prose style, organizational structure, and argumentation.

This program 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 and who wish to hone their skills and develop compelling prose that can describe and question, render complex ideas clearly, and situate art works within their broader contexts.

To learn more about applying for an Arts Writers Grant and about past Art Writing Workshop participants, visit artswriters.org.

AICA-USA board member Amei Wallach is the program director for the Art Writing Workshop. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Art in America, ARTnews, the Nation, Vanity Fair, and Smithsonian. She has been the on-air arts essayist for the PBS Newshour and chief art critic for Newsday. Her film, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here, debuted at Film Forum in New York and is currently in international release. With the late Marion Cajori, she co-directed the 2008 film portrait, Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine. She has served as guest editor for The Brooklyn Rail, contributed to a dozen books, was visiting critic at Syracuse University, and organizes panels internationally. In the interest of international artistic cross-pollination and exchange, she serves on the board of CEC ArtsLink.

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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