AICA’s year-round programming supports, celebrates, and promotes individuals and institutions demonstrating excellence in art criticism. Every fall, in cooperation with the New School, we present a Distinguished Critic Lecture. We organize a panel for the College Art Association’s annual winter convention and host regional conferences and symposia (most recently, in Atlanta, in conjunction with Emory University). One of our best-know events, the AICA Awards Ceremony, is a springtime event that honors excellence in the visual arts.
Distinguished Critic Lecturers
- 2012 Michelle Kuo, editor-in-chief, Artforum
- 2011 Peter Schjeldahl, poet and New Yorker art critic
- 2010 Holland Cotter, art critic, New York Times
- 2009 Roberta Smith, art critic, New York Times
- 2008 Linda Nochlin, Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
- 2007 Michael Brenson, educator and author of Acts of Engagement: Writings on Art, Criticism, and Institutions, 1993-2002
Two of our most important ongoing programs engage accomplished art critics to act as mentors for young critics working to establish themselves as critics.
The Young Art Critic's Mentoring Program is a partnership between AICA-USA (US section of International Association of Art Critics) and CUE Art Foundation. Working in collaboration with the CUE foundation in New York's Chelsea neighborhood, the mentoring program matches emerging critics with AICA members who guide them through the writing of a catalogue essay. This essay is then inserted into catalogues published by CUE for their exhibitions. This is a natural match, as the artists presented at CUE are themselves emerging or under-known artists who have been selected by curators chosen by CUE.
The Art Writing Workshop is a partnership between the International Art Critics Association-USA Section (AICA-USA) and the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program designed to give practicing writers the opportunity to strengthen their work through one-on-one consultations with leading art critics. Each year, ten applicants are selected to the Arts Writers Grant Program to participate in workshops. Each selected writer is paired with a senior AICA critic who serves as the workshop leader.