Art critic Lori Waxman leading a workshop, Art Criticism Today and Hopefully Also Tomorrow for CAW at Gallery 400, Chicago, March 2013

Art critic Lori Waxman leading Art Criticism Today and Hopefully Also Tomorrow, a workshop for CAW at Gallery 400, Chicago, March 2013

Chicago Artist Writers operates on an ongoing, open submission basis. We encourage artists of all types to submit written content, including students or recent graduates of BFA or MFA programs. We publish interviews, long-form essays and experimental writing alongside exhibition reviews of exhibitions at alternative, temporary or nonprofit spaces in Chicago.

Exhibition reviews are chosen by the writers, should be up to 1,000 words, and include no more than three images (with appropriate credit information and at least 1440 px wide). Both experimental and traditional forms of criticism are acceptable. It is preferred that reviews are submitted within seven days of the exhibition opening so that publication occurs during the run of the show.

Reviews are edited by the lead editor of CAW (Managing Editor Brit Barton) or guest edited by a wide range of cultural producers, critics, and art workers in Chicago.

Published writers are compensated $50.00 per exhibition review. Longer content is compensated on a sliding scale.

Workshops will bring in working professionals to introduce new skill sets, critical perspectives, and mentorship–fostering further dialogue on the urgent need for and changing face of contemporary criticism.

To submit a pitch for an article, suggest a workshop, apply for a guest editorship, or for general information, email