Grant—Writing Workshop

Writing Workshop

The Art Writing Workshop—a partnership between the Arts Writers Grant Program and the International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA)—gives ten applicants the opportunity to strengthen their writing through one-on-one consultations with leading art critics over a six month period, from January through June.

Participants in the workshop will focus on the craft of writing.  Through intensive discussions about their writing, recipents and their mentors will consider such issues as the development of a critical voice, organizational structure, and argument. Mentors and recipients will also consider various ways to write compelling prose, to render complex ideas clearly and to situate art works within their broader contexts.

The possibility of participating in the Art Writing Workshop is available to all eligible applicants to the Arts Writers Grant Program who are not selected to advance to the final panel review phase of the grant selection process.

Applicants can indicate their interest in being considered for the Art Writing Workshop by checking the relevant box on the online application form and stating their goals for the workshop experience. By checking this box, applicants agree to allow their applications and writing samples to be reviewed by the AICA senior critics who are participating in the Art Writing Workshop. Workshop participants will be selected by the application evaluators, the workshop director, and the critics with whom they will be working.

Expressing an interest in the Art Writing Workshop in no way reduces—or enhances—an applicant’s chances of being chosen to advance to the final panel review phase of the selection process or of receiving an Arts Writers grant.

Art Writing Workshop Program Director

Amei Wallach is an art critic, commentator, and filmmaker. She has written or contributed to more than a dozen books. Her articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Smithsonian, Vanity Fair, Art in America, and ArtNews. She was on-air arts commentator for the PBS MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour and chief art critic for New York Newsday. Her acclaimed feature-length documentaries Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine (2008), co-directed with the late Marion Cajori, and Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here (2013) remain in international demand. Her latest film, Americans In Venice, due out in 2020 examines the intersection of art and international politics today and in 1964, when Robert Rauschenberg became the first American to win the Lion d’Or in painting at the Venice Biennale, and instigated the global spread of art. She is president emerita of the U.S. chapter of the International Art Critics Association (AICA-USA). In the interest of international artistic cross-pollination and exchange, she serves on the board of CEC Artslink.