Art Practical, the online journal for visual arts criticism in the Bay Area, and the Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium San Francisco (ACAC-SF) announce the second round of applications for the ACAC Writing Fellowship and invite entries for its 2013-14 year this spring.

By providing a platform for emerging writers, the ACAC Writing Fellowship aims to promote and encourage critical thinking and writing on contemporary Asian art practices and discourses, with a particular emphasis on the events and exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Bay Area visual arts community positions itself within a global context; this fellowship will encourage the recipient to examine where the intersections lie between artists of Asian descent living and working in the Bay Area, those living and working internationally, and artists of non- Asian descent living in Asia.

The winning entrant will be named the ACAC Writing Fellow and will receive a $1,000 honorarium in support of his or her contributions as a writer for Art Practical. Over the course of twelve months, the ACAC Fellow will work under the direction of the magazine’s editorial team to contribute six reviews to Art Practical, with the potential to write a feature-length article. Art Practical encourages emerging writers to refine their practice amidst those already renowned for their critical insight and provides valuable professional development through its rigorous editorial process.

ACAC Writing Fellowship Time Period
May 2013 through April 2014

Lee Ambrozy, editor-at-large of, China
Claire Hsu, co-founder and executive director of the Asia Art Archive
Joseph del Pesco, director of the Kadist Foundation, San Francisco
Pauline Yao, Curator, M+ Museum, Hong Kong.

Entrants must be at least 18 years old and previously have published no more than two feature-length articles on art in any regional or national newspaper, magazine, or online publication.

Application Guidelines
Entrants must submit the following materials in PDF format via email to with the subject line “ACAC Fellowship Application”:

1) A letter of interest stating your motivation and interest in Asian contemporary art (approximately 500 words).

2) A résumé with relevant experience, including bibliography of relevant articles.

3) Two writing samples that reflect your writing skills and knowledge of contemporary art. These should be a maximum of 500 words in length, with a preference for reviews; excerpts from longer texts will be accepted.

4) A list of two references, including names, titles, and contact information.

Please do not include additional materials other than those requested.

The application deadline is February 15, 2013. Late applications will not be considered. 

Please click here to download the pdf file of the ACAC Writing Fellowship announcement and guidelines.

Up to five finalists will be selected and announced on March 15, 2013.

Each will be invited to write a four-hundred- word review on an exhibition of their choice relevant to contemporary Asian art; the reviews will be published in Art Practical on April 16, 2013. Finalists will work with the Art Practical editors in taking their articles from drafts to published texts.

Notification of the ACAC Fellow April 17, 2013
The ACAC Fellow will be commissioned to extend his/her 400-word Shotgun Review to a full-length review for publication in Art Practical on May 14, 2013.

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About Art Practical
Art Practical is an online magazine that enriches critical dialogue for the Bay Area visual arts by providing comprehensive analysis of events and exhibitions. Since its launch in October 2009, we have worked with a network of partners to promote the Bay Area’s role in the international art scene, to create a historical record of contemporary artistic practices, and to foster artistic production through critical writing and public programming. Art Practical is emblematic of the collective and collaborative spirit of the wide-ranging Bay Area visual arts culture, which combines a long local history of incubating experimentation and innovation with international perspectives. Our contributors create a vibrant, complex mix of cross- disciplinary practices that demonstrates a model for visual arts criticism that is highly conscious of the audience it is serving, as well as the culture it is representing.