“We need culture writers who see and think from places of difference and who are willing to take unpopular positions so that ideas can evolve or die…This work is happening in outlets like Hyperallergic, Arts.Black and Remezcla, and from writers like Lou Cornum, Gelare Khoshgozaran and Eva Yaa Asantewaa. And we can see the thirst for such conversations on social media. But Twitter and Instagram don’t pay their users. In a clickbait attention economy where more than half of visual arts critics make on average less than $20,000 per year from arts writing, the voices that are most needed are the least likely to emerge.”
The 2018 Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing is now open for sumbissions! This year's guest judge is Wendy Vogel, independent writer, art critic and curator based in New York. A former editor at Art in America, Modern Painters and Flash Art International, Vogel contributes to a variety of art and culture publications, including Artforum, art-agenda, Art Review, frieze, The Guardian and Mousse.
Deadline is September 15th! See more information on the Gulf Coast Website!
Surveying the scope of critical art writing today, the board, advisory board, and editors of Gulf Coast recognize the significant lack of venues and support for young and mid-career writers working across the United States. The Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing seeks to address this lacuna by bringing exposure to writers who are dealing with the spirit of the age and unafraid to ask difficult questions.
Grounded in both scholarship and journalism, critical art writing occupies a specific niche. The best examples appeal to a diverse readership through an accessible approach and maintain a unique voice and literary excellence. The Prize will consider submissions of work that has been written (or published) within the last year. A variety of creative approaches and formats to writing on the visual arts are encouraged and can include thematic essays, exhibition reviews, and scholarly essays.
There will be one first place prize of $3,000 dollars and two runners-up awarded $1,000 each. Prize winners will be featured in GC’s printed journal, as well as online. Our inaugural juror is for the prize is Darby English. English is the Carl Darling Buck Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago.
For more information visit Gulf Coast Journal