AICA Incentive Award For Young Art Critics 2022

International Association of Art Critics

To encourage young and emerging art critics to engage with topics and geographical regions that are not routinely covered in the media; to encourage new forms of critical expression; and to promote the international circulation of new ideas and new writing.


  • Essay with optional imagery
  • Country: Art Critics (reporters/commentators) writing from anywhere.
  • Eligibility: Critics (early to mid-career) writing for newspapers, magazines, television, radio, internet.
  • Number of Essays: One essay per applicant (include a short bibliography)
  • Number of Images: Up to six images (optional, but labeled and embedded into WORD text)

How to apply?

  • Entry fee: None
  • Entry Deadline: September 15, 2022
  • Event Dates: Contest winners will be announced at AICA-International Congress: Chile/Argentina November 13-19, 2022.
  • Jury Process: Five AICA-International Board Members and/or Vice-Presidents chosen to read, and rank essays September 15 – October 15, 2022.
  • Winners Notification: Winners will be notified by email – October 22, 2022.
  • Cash Prizes: The following prizes will be awarded: First Place € 1000 (or dollars); Second Place € 500 (or dollars); and Third Place € 250 (or dollars); Certificates will also be presented.
  • Email Essays to all: Jean Bundy-Awards Chair at; Sonia Recasens at; and AICA President, Lisbeth Rebollo at

By September 15, 2022, applicants should submit one 2000-5000 word essay (optional six pictures, labeled and embedded into text.) and a bibliography (note imagery in bibliography) in English and WORD. Applicants should also submit a 150 word biographical profile/paragraph in English and WORD (not a CV). Example of image labeling: Pablo Picasso, Guernica, 1937, oil on canvas, 3.5×7.82m, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sophia, Madrid, Spain. Email complete essay and biographical profile to all emails above.

Essay should follow an arcing narrative unless inverting passages is appropriate. Writers may reference artists, individual art works, exhibitions, and include historical background, memoir and even fiction if it enhances intent. Climate Change and Social Injustice themes are of particular interest, in light of Congress theme: What Are We Talking About, When We Talk About Criticism in the 21st Century?- Art Criticism and Citizenship.

Cash Prizes and Certificates awarded to three winners. First Place winner may read essay at Congress – via Zoom. Three winning essays will be posted on the AICA-International website.

Applicants may contact Awards Chair, Jean Bundy-MFA, PhD, anytime.

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