"Call for Applications: 2018 Visiting Critic with The Chart”

Call for Applications: 2018 Visiting Critic with The Chart

The Chart welcomes submissions for its Visiting Critic program in the summer of 2018.

This pilot residency program will invite one visual arts critic and writer to Portland, Maine for a week of investigation of place, critical engagement and discussion, and the creation of reciprocal relationships among artists, writers, and publications. This program is aimed at critics and writers with a contemporary focus on equity, cultural care, and a spirit of tenderness and generosity.

The week may include studio visits, gallery and museum tours, conversations over shared meals, and various opportunities for dialogue with artists, writers, curators, cultural producers, and MFA students. The exact schedule for the week will be developed in tandem with the Visiting Critic once selected to structure time toward their particular interests in the art world, and there will also be some unstructured time throughout the week. The Visiting Critic will be invited to give a talk on their work early in the week and write a response piece to their time in Maine to be published in The Chart.

The Chart is an online art journal based in Maine, a platform that encourages nuanced, rigorous conversations to make visible the artists and artwork engaging in the pressing subjects of our time. We’ve most recently published work on the urgencies of grief, power, hegemony, racism, misogyny, climate change, late capitalism, and the technological turn. By centering our work in Maine and working outward, we can cultivate a living archive of Maine’s contemporary art history within national contexts, revealing connections across borders and cultures and recognizing the power of specific, regional response to matters that affect us as a nation.

Applications are due by February 10, 2018. Applications are accepted through Submittable at:

Application for the 2018 Visiting Critic Program is open January 1–February 10, 2018. Decisions will be sent in early March 2018. The residency week (between June–August 2018) is flexible and will be chosen in coordination with the selected applicant and The Chart; applicants can list preferred dates in the application as well as dates when they will be unavailable. Online publication will be slated for one month post-residency, and print publication will be Fall 2018.

Visiting Critic Program Details
+ Honorarium of $750
+ Travel stipend of up to $500
+ Local housing provided by friends of The Chart
+ Walking distance to beaches and the Atlantic Ocean
+ The residency will be based in Portland, Maine, with potential visits elsewhere in Maine
+ Museum and gallery tours, studio visits, and meetings will be organized by The Chart in tandem with the Visiting Critic
+ One hosted dinner with artists, writers, and curators
+ Subsequent publication online at and in print in the 2018 Anthology

Visiting Critic Responsibilities
+ Ability to commit to one full week in residence in Maine in Summer 2018
+ Public artist talk
+ One written response piece to be published in The Chart (online and in print)

+ Critics and writers focused on the visual arts may apply. While preference is given to critical writers affiliated with arts journals, magazines, and/or publications in the desire to build relationships across publications, we welcome applications from independent critics and writers as well. Editors and publishers who are also arts writers may apply.
+ Applicants must live outside of the state of Maine.
+ Applicants must be 21+ at the start of the residency.
+ Applicants must have a tax ID number to receive applicable 1099 forms.

Selection Criteria: The 2018 Visiting Critic will be selected by a jury of three arts professionals based in Maine. The following criteria will be used for selection:
+ Engagement with The Chart’s 2018 focus of equity and cultural care: there are many ways in which writers engage with these topics and we are excited to see the breadth of possibility within these ideas
+ Strength of previous writing and ideas
+ Focus on contemporary visual arts and related topics (interdisciplinary thinking and writing is welcome)

Support: The selected Visiting Critic will receive a $750 honorarium and up to $500 in reimbursements as a travel stipend. Some meals will be provided and housing will be organized locally through friends of The Chart (which will include a private bedroom). All other personal living expenses or additional materials related to producing work or research will be the responsibility of the Visiting Critic.

Application Materials: to apply, you will need to submit the following:
+ Letter of interest outlining your current research, specific interests in the Maine arts community, and how this residency might benefit your practice (up to 500 words)
+ Resume or CV
+ 2 references (name, email, phone number only — no letters needed)
+ Preferred residency dates
+ Work samples: please submit 3–5 writing samples up to 5 pages per sample. Excerpts from longer works are accepted
+ $15 application fee

Apply here:


December 29, 2017 through February 10, 2018

The Chart
various locations, Portland, Maine

$15 application fee