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Art Critic Mentoring Program
Applications due: October 25, 2021 at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time)

We are currently looking for writers in the New York, NY, area to write an essay on Zachary Fabri's upcoming exhibition at CUE, curated and mentored by American Artist and on view April 7 – May 11, 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 who meet the eligibility guidelines outlined below. 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


CUE's Art Critic Mentoring Program Open Call is for emerging writers of any age who:

  • Have a demonstrated art writing practice or experience analyzing works of art in a textual format.
    • Please note that advanced degrees or degrees of any sort are not required for this writing opportunity.
  • Must currently live and work in the city where the open call is being held.
  • Must be open to receiving mentorship and incorporating feedback from an art critic appointed by CUE/AICA.
  • Must not regularly publish monthly reviews or essays for a mainstream arts publication (i.e. Artforum, Art in America, Frieze, etc.).
  • Must not have published a book or be currently under contract for a forthcoming book with a large commercial publisher (short chapbooks and similar publications by small, independent printers are acceptable.
  • Preference will be given to those who do not currently hold an editorial or staff writer position at a prominent arts publication or those who have held such positions for less than 3 years.

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 These may be published or unpublished texts.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 are unsure whether or not you are eligible for this program or if you have any other questions about the program, please email them to Gillian Carver, Programs & Communications Coordinator, at gillian@cueartfoundation.org.

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