Art Critic Mentoring Program
Applications due: July 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time)

We are currently looking for writers in the New York City, NY area to write an essay on Golnar Adili's upcoming solo exhibition at CUE, curated by Kevin Beasley and on view January 4 – February 16, 2022.

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. Two writing samples, max. 10 pages total:
  • 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 These may be published or unpublished texts.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. 10 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 Gillian Carver, Programs & Communication Coordinator, at

CUE Art Foundation