Art Critic Mentoring Program
Applications due: February 9, 2021 at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time)

We are currently looking for writers in the New York, NY, area to write an essay on Lizania Cruz's upcoming exhibition at CUE, on view July 22 – August 25, 2021.

Co-presented with AICA USA (US section of International Association of Art Critics), the Art Critic Mentoring program provides seven 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. The writer selection process consists of a nomination and open call hybrid. Writers are awarded a $600 honorarium. To read past essays, browse the archive


To apply for the program, please submit the following:

  1. A current CV containing relevant experience, max. 4 pages.
  2. Three writing samples:
  • The strongest samples are reviews, blog entries, short essays, and short-form writing. These may be published or unpublished texts.     
    • Must be contemporary visual arts-related (no dance, literature, podcast/radio journalism or commercial/feature film analysis).
    • School papers, research papers, dissertations, exhibition proposals/summaries, and artwork wall labels are not accepted.
  • Your writing samples must be combined into a single PDF document (max. 16 pages total), labeled as follows: "ACMP application - Your Name - Location” (for example: "ACMP application - Jane Doe - NYC").  

If you have questions about the program, please email them to Josephine Heston, Programs Associate, at

CUE Art Foundation