Organized in collaboration with CUE Art Foundation, the Art Critic Mentoring program provides six writers annually with the opportunity to work with an established art critic appointed by AICA-USA to develop a piece of writing about one of CUE’s exhibiting artists. Over the course of two months, each writer conducts studio visits with an exhibiting artist and composes a long-form critical essay, which will be published in a printed exhibition catalog and online. The program is open to writers of any age in the early stages of their careers. Writers are awarded a $510 unrestricted stipend.
Upcoming opportunities and deadlines for CUE’s 2020 exhibition season are:
- Santa Barbara, CA for Yara El-Sherbini - deadline: July 5, 2020
- The writer will need to be available to conduct a virtual studio visit with the artist between July 20-31, 2020
How to apply
To apply for the program, please submit the following:
Three writing samples:
- Must be contemporary arts-related (no dance, literature, or commercial/feature film analysis)
- The strongest samples are reviews, blog entries, short essays, and short-form writing
- School papers, research papers, dissertations, or exhibition proposals/summaries are not accepted
A current CV containing relevant experience, max. 4 pages
Your writing samples and CV must be combined into a single PDF document (max. 20 pages), labeled as follows: "ACMP application - Your Name - Location” (for example: "ACMP application - Jane Doe - NYC"). Send to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "ACMP application - Your Name - Location."
To read essays by past program participants, browse the archive.
AICA-USA board member Lilly Wei is the program coordinator for the Art Critic Mentoring Program. She is a New York-based independent curator and critic who contributes to many publications in the United States and abroad. She has written regularly for Art in America since 1982 and is a contributing editor at ARTnews and Art Asia Pacific. Wei has also written for Asian Art News, Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine, Tema Celeste, Flash Art, Art Press and Art and Auction, among other publications, and has frequently reported on international biennials such as those of Sydney, Cairo, Athens and Reykjavik.
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 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant 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.