VisArts to Jointly Host RVA Critical Art Writing Program

August 03, 2017 News

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond, 1708 Gallery and Studio Two Three will host a critical art writing program, organized by independent curator and arts writer Lauren Ross. The RVA Critical Art Writing Program is intended to increase the number of arts writers working in the region.

Ross will pair six aspiring arts writers with six established arts writers who will lead one-day workshops and serve as mentors throughout the fall. Through group critiques and one-on-one feedback, participants will practice writing long-form and short-form articles, essays and reviews, as well as blog posts.

Participating arts writers include Andrew Russeth of ARTnews, Martha Schwendener of The New York Times, Noah Simblist of Art in America and Art Papers, Chris Vitiello of The Independent and Samantha Willis of Richmond magazine. Ross will also serve as a workshop leader and mentor.

The program, which is intended for aspiring arts writers who are in the early stages of their careers, will accept applications through August 18. Applicants should be writers who want to improve their critical writing skills. The emphasis of the program will be on writing about visual art, but those who are interested in writing about the performing arts, design or architecture will also benefit.

Program participants will be assessed a $250 fee but waivers are available if the fee poses a significant hardship. All participants are expected to attend each of the six in-person sessions, which run on Saturdays from mid-September through mid-December.

Questions about the program should be directed to Lauren Ross at and questions about the application form should be directed to

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