2018 Visiting Critic

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 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.

Deadline to apply is February 10, 2018. Applications may be submitted at https://thechart.submittable.com/submit/103277/the-chart-2018-visiting-critic

Dates: 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
+ 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 thechart.me 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+ start of 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 friend 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

Applications are accepted through Submittable through February 10, 2018. Apply here: https://thechart.submittable.com/submit/103277/the-chart-2018-visiting-critic

Call for Submissions

The Chart is seeking artists and writers for reviews, artists’ reflections or studio notes on their own practice, interviews, and essays on our 2018 theme of equity and cultural care. We are especially interested in working with artists and writers whose perspectives expand conversations around race, sexuality and gender identity, disability, class, nationality, and status. Submit here or email us at info@thechart.me.

Reviews are typically 500–1,000 words that offer a critical reflection on exhibitions, books, films, performances, events, and other forms work may take. We are particularly interested in reviews of visual work that is typically not covered in other Maine arts publications. Reviews should address and examine the contemporary relevance and contexts of the work presented.

Essays run 1,000–2,500 words and present well-researched positions on contemporary visual art, artists, and/or ideas. This year we are primarily focused on issues of and approaches to equity in the art world, but will consider essays outside of this theme. Essays can be traditionally or experimentally formatted.

Studio notes are glimpses into the artistic process, submitted from the artist discussing their current studio thinking, working habits, process, revelations, and beyond. These can be written as lists, prose, or in other forms that suit the work. Generally they will be accompanied by a short artist statement and bio or paragraph on the artist and their work.

Interviews with artists, curators, writers, and cultural producers of all kinds are formatted as conversations. Typically between 1,500 and 3,000 words, we are accepting interview proposals that relate to equity, cultural care, hegemony in the art world, agency, subversiveness, collaboration, and other related concepts that fit within our overarching 2018 theme.

We prefer to receive pitches before finished pieces when possible. Please ensure there is no obvious conflicts of interests or biases where possible — that said, we are open to working with and addressing possible conflicts in creative ways. Submission does not guarantee publication in The Chart. We will do our best to respond to all submissions, but with a very small staff it sometimes takes us a while — we appreciate your patience!


And a note on submitting work: The Chart is excited to work with artists and writers on their work to develop a strong point of view, position, or thesis for the work submitted — if you have an idea, but are unsure about putting it in words, let’s talk!