Art Critic Mentoring Program

Co-presented with AICA USA (US section of International Association of Art Critics), the Art Critic Mentoring program provides six writers annually with the opportunity to work with an established art critic appointed by AICA to compose a long-form critical essay on 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 by CUE in a printed exhibition catalogue and online. The program is open to writers of any age in the early stages of their careers. Writers are awarded a $510 honorarium.

For the 2019 season, the program is open to writers from:     

+ Philadelphia area — Deadline: April 4, 2019

+ Vermont area — Deadline: May 3, 2019                  


To apply for the program, please submit three arts-related writing samples and a CV, combined into in a single PDF document to with the subject line "ACMP application - Your Name - Location." For example: "ACMP application - Jane Doe - NYC."  To read past essays, browse the archive.

Lilly Wei is the coordinator of 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 others, and has frequently reported on international biennials such as those of Sydney, Cairo, Athens and Reykjavik.