The RVA Critical Art Writing Program is for aspiring writers who want to improve and expand their thinking and writing about contemporary art.
In an intimately-sized workshop setting, participants work with a series of distinguished mentors—critics, editors, and journalists—and receive individualized feedback through a combination of group critiques and one-on-one conversations. The program enhances writing skills in various formats, such as long-form, short-form, articles, essays, reviews, and blog posts. Additionally, it prepares writers to address a wide range of readerships across a multitude of publications, including books, catalogs, periodicals, newspapers, web-based platforms, and social media. Participants network with peers and potential colleagues, and build confidence to write, pitch to editors, self-publish, and self-promote.
In addition to nurturing individual writers, the RVA Critical Art Writing Program’s broader goals involve fostering communities that care about and engage with contemporary art. By cultivating a greater number of art writers and encouraging the establishment of new platforms for publishing, the program nourishes the entire art scene in Richmond, Virginia and the region; elevating the profiles of local artists and arts organizations, as well as enriching the quality and depth of the arts discourse.