Concordia University, Montreal, August 3 – 14 – application process closed.
Leadership: Rahel Aima, Mark Mann, Saelan Twerdy, Daisy Desrosiers, Osei Bonsu, Aliya Pabani, Lauren Wetmore, and Sky Goodden
OCAD University, Toronto, August 17 – 28 – application process closed.
Leadership: Andy Patton, Tammer El-Sheikh, Nora N. Khan, Tausif Noor, James Oscar, Daisy Desrosiers, Lauren Wetmore, and Sky Goodden
Art criticism and art publishing are experiencing a surge in relevance and renewed urgency in recent years. However, with an increase in publishing opportunities, in the digital era especially, emerging art writers, editors, and publishers—whether formally educated or not—are in need of greater transparency and preparation to enter the discourse and professional realities of contemporary art publishing.
Momus, an international online art publication and podcast that stresses “a return to art criticism,” has begun hosting a series of Momus Emerging Critics Residencies to attend to this increased interest in the field, and help shape and encourage the next generation of arts-publishing professionals. In partnership with select university arts faculties, Momus is providing focused guidance and attention to emerging critics, editors, and publishers; one city—and one cohort—at a time.
The Momus Emerging Critics Residency has launched its 2020 summer editions with the express focus of addressing the lack of diversity in art publishing at its source. Bringing Black and POC leadership to the fore of these residencies, Momus will work to directly address, deconstruct, and help remedy the severe underrepresentation of people of color within the industry.
The Momus Emerging Critics Residency is an intensive residency program intended for a spectrum of participants, including current students, alumna, and working professionals arriving from any number of fields. It helps foster the next generation of art writers through mentorship and practical skills development. Participants from year one have already gone on to publish with Momus, edit for Momus, and win national writing awards.
Together, in groups of 15-20 residents, we tackle the most relevant issues facing art criticism in the 21st century, with a focus on publishing in the digital age, pitching, editing, podcasting, budgeting, collaborating, hustling, and getting published. The Momus Residency will help bridge a current gap in BFA and graduate courses in art history and criticism, and address the professional realities, requirements, etiquette, and skills required to navigate the field. Momus workshop leaders will also engage in the most recent and relevant debates in art criticism, bringing students to the present moment in contemporary art.
Pilot Year 2019
The Residency was successfully hosted at Concordia University, in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in August 2019. Scholarships were provided by Concordia University to cover their students and alumna, under their Innovation Fund. Former US Ambassadors to Canada, Bruce and Vicki Heyman, provided scholarships for two students from the SAIC to attend the residency in Montreal, as well.
Testimonials from pilot-year participants:
I remember ahead of Valentine’s Day one year, Stones Throw label boss Peanut Butter Wolf dumped 400+ soul tracks from his personal collection of 45s onto the Internet, in alphabetical order, for download. For a short window of time, you could get 24 full hours’ worth of rare soul gems, meticulously culled by a legendary digger and loaded straight into your laptop. Your Valentine’s Day mixtapes would never be the same again. The Momus Emerging Critics Residency felt like a motherlode like that, but for art writers: a trove of precious nuggets from expert editors, publishers and critics urging you closer to your most purposeful writing about art.
– Tao Fei, pilot-year participant
This residency really made me feel like I could participate in the world of art criticism. I now feel I have the tools to develop and pitch article ideas, when before I didn’t really know where to start.
– Elliot Elliot, pilot-year participant