I was one of the writers participating in the 23rd Annual Critics’ Residency program, at the Maryland Art Place. Along the way, I saw some great art, met some interesting people, and I’ve grown as a writer. Art criticism is a new “language” for me, but I think I’ve definitely learned some new vocabulary.
About the Program
Now in its twenty-third year, the Critics’ Residency program served as a pilot program for both the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. Unique in its premise, the program is a collaborative effort that works to bring a nationally-renowned critic to Baltimore each year to mentor writers while showcasing the talent of area artists.
Intended to stimulate critical discourse within the region, this year-long program concludes with an exhibition of artwork selected by critic Vincent Katz during studio visits; a catalogue of critical writing by participating writers, Martin Johnson and Dylan R. Kinnett, an essay contributed by the critic; and a public forum where participants are invited to exchange ideas about contemporary art with the public.
This year’s Public Forum took place on Saturday, May 9th at 2 pm, moderated by Aaron Henkin, co-creator and producer of WYPR’s radio arts program, The Signal.