CUE Art Foundation

Art Critic Mentoring Program
Due Apr 9 2021

We are currently looking for writers in the Philadelphia, PA, area to write an essay on James Maurelle’s upcoming exhibition at CUE, on view September 17 – October 23, 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 be considered, we ask that you submit the following via Submittable:

1. 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 These may be published or unpublished texts.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.

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

3. Your writing samples and CV must be submitted as separate PDF documents (max. 14 pages total), with the filenames labeled as follows: "ACMP application_Your Name_Location_File Name” (for example: "ACMP application_Jane Doe_NYC_Writing Sample").

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

Lilly Wei is the coordinator of the Art Critic Mentoring Program. She is a New York-based independent curator and critic who contributes to many publications in the United States and abroad. She has written regularly for Art in America since 1982 and is a contributing editor at ARTnews and Art Asia Pacific. Wei has also written for Asian Art News, Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine, Tema Celeste, Flash Art, Art Press and Art and Auction, among others, and has frequently reported on international biennials such as those of Sydney, Cairo, Athens and Reykjavik.