• 2012 Writing Workshop recipients

    Ingrid Chu, Brooklyn, NY

    Sarah Coleman, New York, NY

    Julia Cooke, New York, NY

    Daniel Glendening, Portland, OR

    Rachel Hooper, Houston, TX

    Gwenael Kerlidou, Brooklyn, NY

    Andrea Kirsh, Philadelphia, PA

    Adam Kleinman, Bayside, NY

    Kathleen MacQueen, New York, NY

    Catherine Wagley, Los Angeles, CA


  • 2012 Writing Workshop mentors


    Elizabeth Baker was editor of Art in America from 1973 to 2008; she is currently editor-at-large. Before joining Art in America, she was associate editor and then managing editor ofARTnews. She has taught art history at Boston University, Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, and the School of Visual Arts, and has written on a wide range of contemporary artists. She is currently working as a freelance writer and editor.

    Eleanor Heartney is a contributing editor to Art in America and Artpress. She received the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for distinction in art criticism in 1992 and was honored by the French government as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2008. She is a co-author of After the Revolution: Women Who Transformed Contemporary Art (Prestel Publishing, 2007). Other books include Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art (Midmarch Arts Press, 2004) and Defending Complexity: Art, Politics and the New World Order (Hard Press Editions, 2006). Heartney is a past president of AICA/USA, the US section of the International Art Critics Association.

    Barbara A. MacAdam is deputy editor of ARTnews, where she has worked since 1987. She was executive editor of Art + Auction from 2005 to 2006 and an editor at Review: Latin American Literature and Arts and New York magazine. She has covered design for IDmagazine, reviewed books on art and literature for the LA Times Book ReviewNewsday, and the New York Times Book Review, among others, and contributed articles on art, design, and literature to numerous magazines and newspapers. She is also a curator and serves on the boards of the International Art Critics Association and the Arts Arena of the University of Paris.

    Peter Plagens is a painter who has shown with the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York since 1974. He was staff art critic for Newsweek (1989–2003) and currently writes the “Gallery” review column for the Wall Street Journal. He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (painting), the National Endowment for the Arts (painting, art criticism), the Creative Capital Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and the National Arts Journalism Program. Plagens has published two books of art criticism and a novel, Time for Robo (Black Heron Press, 1999). His online novel, The Art Critic, was released as an e-book by Hol Art Books this year, and his monograph on Bruce Nauman will be published by Phaidon in 2013.

    Nancy Princenthal is a New York-based critic and former senior editor of Art in America, for which she continues to write regularly. She has also contributed to ARTnewsArtforum,ParkettVillage Voice, and the New York Times. Her monograph onHannah Wilke was published by Prestel in 2010; her essays have also appeared in monographs on Doris Salcedo and Alfredo Jaar, among others. At present she is writing a book about Agnes Martin. Having taught at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Princeton University, Yale University, RISD, and elsewhere, she is currently on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts.

    Raphael Rubinstein is a New York-based poet and art critic whose books includePolychrome Profusion: Selected Art Criticism 1990-2002 (Hard Press Editions, 2004). He edited the anthology Critical Mess: Art Critics on the State of their Practice (Hard Press Editions, 2006). From 1997 to 2007 he was a senior editor at Art in America, where he continues as a contributing editor. He is currently professor of critical studies at the University of Houston. In 2002, the French government honored him as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His blog The Silo was awarded a Creative Capital Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant in 2010.

    Richard Shiff is Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art at the University of Texas at Austin, where he directs the Center for the Study of Modernism. His scholarly interests range broadly across the field of modern and contemporary art. His publications include Cézanne and the End of Impressionism (University Of Chicago Press, 1984), Critical Terms for Art History (co-editor) (University of Chicago Press, 1996 and 2003), Barnett Newman: A Catalogue Raisonné (co-author) (Barnett Newman Foundation/Yale University Press, 2004),Doubt (Routledge, 2007), and Between Sense and de Kooning (Reaktion Books, 2011). Some of his most recent essays have featured the artists Vincent van Gogh, Georges Braque, Donald Judd, Cy Twombly, Per Kirkeby, Marlene Dumas, Richard Serra, Joel Shapiro, Mark Bradford, Peter Doig, Julie Mehretu, and Zeng Fanzhi.

    Susan Snodgrass is a Chicago-based critic, editor, and educator. She is a corresponding editor for Art in America andcurrent chair of the editorial collective for ArtMargins online. Her criticism often addresses issues related to public art and contemporary Central and East European art, and has appeared in Art PapersC MagazineDialogueNew Art Examiner,Sculpture, and World Art. She frequently edits books, monographs, and artistic catalogues. She has taught art history and criticism at DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago, and at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is an instructor in both the sculpture department and the New Arts Journalism Program.

    David Levi Strauss is the author of From Head to Hand: Art and the Manual (Oxford University Press, 2010), Between the Eyes: Essays on Photography and Politics, with an introduction by John Berger (Aperture, 2003), Between Dog & Wolf: Essays on Art and Politics (Autonomedia 1999, and a new edition with a prolegomenon by Hakim Bey, 2010). Strauss was a Guggenheim fellow in 2003 and received the Infinity Award for Writing from the International Center of Photography in 2007. He is chair of the graduate program in Art Criticism & Writing at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

    Lilly Wei is an independent curator, essayist, and critic who writes regularly for Art in America. She is a contributing editor at ARTnews and a former contributing editor at Art Asia Pacific. Wei frequently reports on international exhibitions for publications in the US and abroad, and contributes essays on contemporary art to numerous books and exhibition catalogues. She often curates exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Currently she is preparing an exhibition of contemporary Israeli video artists and photographers scheduled to open at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, in summer 2013. Wei was born in Chengdu, China, and has an MA in art history from Columbia University.

    Art Writing Workshop Program Director 
    Amei Wallach is an art critic and filmmaker. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Art in AmericaARTnews, the NationElleVanity Fair, and the Smithsonian. She was for many years on-air arts essayist for the PBS Newshour, and chief art critic for Newsday. She has written or contributed to a dozen books, was visiting critic at Syracuse University, and organizes panels internationally. She served two terms as president of AICA/USA, the US section of the International Art Critics Association. With the late Marion Cajori, she directed the acclaimed film Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine,and is currently in post-production for a documentary on the Soviet-born artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov.