Mentoring Program

The Young Art Critic's Mentoring Program is a partnership between AICA/USA and the CUE Art Foundation, adynamic visual arts center based in New York City that is dedicated to creating essential career and educational opportunities for emerging and under-recognized artists of all ages.

The Young Art Critic's mentoring program matches emerging critics with experienced AICA/USA members who guide them through the process of writing a catalogue essay, which is published by a CUE in an exhibition catalogue. 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 program has a three fold agenda of goals:

  • This program offers young critics practical mentorship and the opportunity to publish a analytic essay on an artist.
  • It also provides critical discussion of the work of emerging and under-known artists. These artists, who have not been extensively reviewed, benefit further by having a more substantial piece of writing published about their work.
  • The program builds a bridge between established and emerging critics, an important way to ensure the continuing vitality of art criticism in the future.

The AICA mentoring program's first director was Annette Grant, who was an arts editor on The New York Times for more than twenty years.

The program is directed by Lilly Wei, 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. She also frequently reports on international biennials such as those of Sydney, Cairo, Athens and Reykjavik.

For further information contact us at info@aicausa.org or write to CUE at info@cueartfoundation.org.

Headquartered in New York, AICA-USA's membership comprises over 400 critics, curators, scholars, and art historians working throughout the United States.

AICA PARTNERS WITH CREATIVE CAPITAL | ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION ARTS WRITERS GRANT PROGRAM

FOUNDED IN 1989 AT THE INITIATIVE OF AICA

AICA PARTNERS WITH THE CUE ART FOUNDATION