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 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.
Currently 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, and has frequently reported on international biennials such as those of Sydney, Cairo, Athens and Reykjavik. For further information "Contact us" or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.