CUE Art Foundation

CUE Art Critic Mentoring Program
Due Jul 5 2020

CUE Art Critic Mentoring Program

We are currently looking for writers in the Santa Barbara/Los Angeles area to write an essay on Yara El-Sherbini's upcoming exhibition at CUE. The writer will need to be available to conduct a virtual studio visit with the artist between July 20-31, 2020. The deadline to apply is July 5, 2020.

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 $510 honorarium.

To apply for the program, please submit the following:

1. Three writing samples:

- Must be contemporary visual arts-related (no dance, literature, podcast/radio journalism, or commercial/feature film analysis).

- The strongest samples are reviews, blog entries, short essays, and short-form writing.

- School papers, research papers, dissertations, exhibition proposals/summaries, and artwork wall labels are not accepted.

2. A current CV containing relevant experience, max. 4 pages.

3. Your writing samples and CV must be combined into a single PDF document (max. 20 pages total), labeled as follows: "ACMP application - Your Name - Location” (for example: "ACMP application - Jane Doe - NYC").

4. Send to fellowship [​at​] with the subject line "ACMP application - Your Name - Location.”

To read past essays, click here. If you have questions about the program, please email them to Josephine Heston, Programs Associate, at