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 $510 honorarium. 

Upcoming opportunities and deadlines for CUE’s 2020 exhibition season are:

To apply for the program, please submit the following: 

  • Three writing samples:

    • Must be contemporary visual arts-related (no dance, literature, podcast/radio journalism or commercial/feature film analysis).

    • The strongest samples are reviews, blog entries, short essays, and short-form writing.

    • School papers, research papers, dissertations, exhibition proposals/summaries, and artwork wall labels are not accepted.

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

  • Your writing samples and CV must be combined into a single PDF document (max. 20 pages total), labeled as follows: “ACMP application – Your Name – Location” (for example: “ACMP application – Jane Doe – NYC”).  

  • Send to with the subject line “ACMP application – Your Name – Location.”

To read past essays, browse the archive.

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.