Art Writing Workshop

The Art Writing Workshop is a partnership between The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and AICA-USA. This program pairs ten emerging art writers with eminent voices in the field, facilitating deep critical engagement with art in regions across the US.

Over the course of a six-month period, from January to June 2021, the workshop participants will explore conversations, ideas, thinking, writing, style, and voice that are crucial to the future of criticism.

The possibility of participating in the Art Writing Workshop is available to all eligible applicants to The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant 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.

2020 Art Writing Workshop Participants
2019 Art Writing Workshop Participants

Jennifer Kabat
Director, Art Writing Workshop

Awarded a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her criticism, Jennifer Kabat’s essays have appeared in Best American Essays, Granta, Harper’s, BOMB, Frieze, McSweeney’s, The New York Review of Books, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer and The White Review. Together with Kate Newby, she collaborated on “The January February March” to explore specific sites and recently worked with the artist Marlene McCarty on a project in Buffalo, NY exploring capitalism and modernism and invasive weeds. Her essay for that project, “The White Deer,” was excerpted by Chris Kraus in a recent issue of An/Other magazine. She has contributed to artists’ monographs and catalogues for the Victoria & Albert Museum, Whitney Museum and others. Her writing has been included in exhibitions at Arnolfini and Index in Stockholm. Jennifer teaches at the New School and in the Art Writing MFA at SVA and is working on a book about grief and modernism. She lives in rural upstate New York and serves as a volunteer firefighter in her town.

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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