Arts Writing Workshop with Jessica Lynne

Call for Applications

Arts Writing Workshop with Jessica Lynne  
(Please note that the workshop is non-credit bearing) 
January 11-21, 2022 
Deadline for applications: Monday, November 15 by 5 pm MST 

Writer and Innovator in Residence for Block J, Jessica Lynne, will conduct a workshop for a select group of students to consider contemporary practices of arts writing and their relevancy to broader social questions.  


Much of my recent thinking about the terrain of (art) criticism has been connected to my thinking about acts of myth-making, personal and familial histories, and conditions of care. This has been my way of asking: what tasks do we assign to this work? What can (art) criticism hold? What should or should not live on the page? 

In this spirit, this workshop will invite students to consider (art) criticism as a process and practice of slow looking. We will read an array of reviews, essays, and articles that address cultural expressions, including film, music, visual arts, dance, performance, and architecture. We will also view and discuss a range of works across mediums together, grappling with the aforementioned questions.  

As a further anchor, we will use workshop inquiries and provocations to think collectively about Boy mother/faceless bloom, a performance piece by the collective Juni One Set (Senga Nengudi, Eddy Kwon, Crow Nishimura, and Joshua Kohl). Boy mother/faceless bloom will premiere in the Cornerstone Arts Center Blackbox theatre February 24-27, 2022.   

With guided prompts, students will begin to compose a text of 1,000-1,200 words in response to the performance’s themes, the artists’ individual or collaborative practices, and/or the piece’s broader context. The longer-term goal will be to include these responses in a larger publishing effort centered around the collective’s work.” 

Students who complete the workshop and submit a text in response to Boy mother/faceless bloom will receive an award of $200.  

To Apply:  
  • Send a one-page letter describing your interest in participating in the workshop to Jessica Hunter by 5 pm on Monday, November 15. Please address the following questions:  
    • What intrigues you about this project?  
    • What kinds of questions would you like to explore?  
    • While a formal background in the arts or critical writing is not required, please share something about how you’ve experienced the arts as a participant, student, or viewer/listener. What about your arts experience/s have you found to be meaningful? 
  • Ask a faculty member to send a short statement supporting your application to by 5 pm on Monday, November 15. 

About Jessica:

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Jessica Lynne is a writer and art critic. She is a founding editor of ARTS.BLACK, an online journal of art criticism from Black perspectives. Her writing has been featured in Artforum, Art in America, The Believer, Frieze, and The Nation.  She is the recipient of a 2020 Research and Development award from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and a 2020 Arts Writer Grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation.  Her podcast series Care + Criticality animates the various forms that criticism may occupy in contemporary art. For more information about Jessica, visit:

Jessica's Website


Care & Criticality


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