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 $300 unrestricted stipend.
For the 2017 season, the program is open to writers from:
+ New York Metropolitan area — Deadline: August 26, 2016.
+ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Deadline: November 21, 2016.
+ Portland, Oregon — Deadline: January 25, 2017.
+ Atlanta, Georgia — Deadline: May 1, 2017.
+ Boston, Massachusetts — Deadline: June 22, 2017.
To apply for the program, please submit three arts-related writing samples and a CV, combined into in a single PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "ACMP application - Your Name - Location."
For example: "ACMP application - Jane Doe - NYC." To read past essays, browse the archive. Additional arts-related writing can be found at on-verge.org.
CUE + Art21 Magazine Partnership
CUE and Art21 have joined forces on their long-running programs for emerging writers, combining CUE's Art Critic Mentoring Program and the Art21 Magazine Writer-in-Residence initiative. This collaborative program provides writers with the opportunity to develop new writing for publication in print and online. Selected writers will work with an established art critic appointed by the International Association of Art Critics USA Mentoring Committee.
Each writer composes a long-form critical essay on one of CUE's exhibiting artists, which will be published by CUE in a printed exhibition catalogue and also published by Art21 in its online magazine. Writers will also develop an additional text specifically for an issue of Art21 Magazine, a platform on which they will be encouraged to share ongoing interests and research, work through new ideas, and experiment with writing as an art form. This joint program aims to provide meaningful and constructive publication opportunities for emerging writers, and contribute to the field of art criticism by increasing professional development and networking opportunities in the early stages of a writer's career. Writers are awarded a $500 unrestricted stipend. See past Art21/CUE Writers-in-Residence.
Writers are selected from current participants in the Art Critic Mentoring Program. See above for details on how to apply.
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.