BURNAWAY contributor Andrew Alexander, Atlanta’s favorite art critic, has been selected to participate in the Art Writing Workshop, a partnership between the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and the Arts Writers Grant Program supported by Creative Capital and the Warhol Foundation.
The program pairs an up-and-coming critic with an established professional for some mentoring by phone and e-mail for a six-month period. Alexander will be working with Peter Plagens, art critic for Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal, who selected the Atlantan based on submitted writing samples. Alexander says the two “will focus on my writing to consider such issues as ‘voice, prose style, organizational structure, and argumentation.’”
Also among the 10 writers is Amy White, who writes for the Independent Weekly in Durham, North Carolina, and last year received top honors for her arts criticism from the North Carolina Press Association.
The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program has also announced the recipients of its grants for this year, given for writing about art that speaks to a broad audience. The grants range from $10,000 to $50,000—this year totaling $619,000—and are awarded in the categories of articles, blogs, books and short-form writing.
Among the 20 recipients are Melissa Messina, senior curator at the Savannah College of Art and Design, who will be writing an article on Mildred Thompson (1936–2003), an African-American artist who was an associate editor for Art Papers in Atlanta; New York-based Sharon Butler, who will be developing longer articles for her popular blog Two Coats of Paint; and itinerant writer, Kate Sutton, whose home base is Nashville.