Headquartered in New York, AICA-USA’s membership comprises the largest national section of AICA International: over 400 distinguished critics, curators, scholars, and art historians working throughout the United States. AICA-USA is intent on international communication, elevating the values of art criticism as a discipline, and acting on behalf of the physical and moral defense of works of art.
AICA-USA organizes several annual events: a distinguished critic lecture at the New School in New York, a panel discussion about art criticism topics at the College Art Association convention, an annual awards ceremony honoring exhibitions in museums and commercial galleries, and tours to artists’ studios in emerging art neighborhoods. We collaborate with hosting organizations to present topical seminars, panels, and discussions, and partner with Cue and Warhol Foundations to operate mentorship programs for young critics. Each year, in a widely covered event, AICA-USA presents museums, galleries and alternative spaces with Best Show awards, and is the only organization to award excellence in museum and gallery exhibitions. It does so to indicate the standards by which its members judge what they see. An active Professional Issues Committee concerns itself with working conditions for critic, and an Advocacy Committee investigates issues of concern to the profession and advises the board and the membership on actions to take.
AICA members are issued a membership card recognized for entrance to museums around the world. They are informed of relevant activities in a biannual newsletter, and are invited to the annual AICA International Congress, held every year in a different member nation.
New York Public Library’s Manuscript and Archives Division maintains a comprehensive holding of AICA-USA correspondence and records between 1968 and 2003.
George Heard Hamilton
Judith E. Stein
James Johnson Sweeney