Artist Brandon Alvendia leading an experimental art writing workshop for CAW at Western Exhibitions, Chicago, June 2014.
Chicago Artist Writers is a platform that asks artists and art workers to write traditional and experimental criticism that serves under-represented arts programming in Chicago.
- An artwork’s first and most important reception is local.
- Chicago’s diverse array of exhibition venues is not adequately met with the critical analysis they deserve.
- Published critical analysis is not only instrumental to the artist and venue but also to the larger critical conversation in Chicago.
- Published criticism allows for formalizing complex thoughts about art and culture at large.
- Artists can benefit in a singular way from the critical feedback produced by other artists.
- Historically artists have significantly guided the conversation around contemporary art and still should today.
- Young artists benefit from assessing work outside of their own production and through writing become increasingly articulate, thoughtful and self-aware cultural producers.
- Vital criticism need not cheerlead cultural production.
- CAW invites guest editors and hosts workshops to provide opportunities for the mentorship and development of our writers.
CAW is made possible in part by a grant from the Propeller Fund.