13.08.2021, 2021 AICA-International – Incentive Prize for Young Art Critics (IPYAC)

2021 AICA-International – Incentive Prize for Young Art Critics (IPYAC)

Call Type:  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 bibliography)

Number of Images: Up to six images (optional, but labeled and embedded into WORD text)

Entry fee: None

Entry Deadline: September 15, 2021 will be posted on AICA-INT. website. (Reminders will be emailed to AICA Presidents).

Jury Process: Five AICA-International Board Members and/or Vice-Presidents chosen to read, and rank essays September 15—November 1, 2021.

Jury Notification: Winners will be announced 1-2 weeks before Congress via email and/or AICA-INT. website, and at Turkey Congress November 25-26, 2021 (on Zoom).

Prizes: AICA-International Certificates will be awarded: first, and two honorary.

Email Essays to all: Jean Bundy-Awards Chair at; Sonia Recasens at; and AICA President, Lisbeth Rebollo at

Incentive Prize for Young Art Critics (IPYAC):

Awards Committee of AICA-International invites art critics (early to mid-career, writing from anywhere) to submit one essay. Three winners will be announced at the AICA-International Turkey Congress, November 3-5, 2021 (on Zoom).

Contest Directions:

By September 15, 2021, 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 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.

Criteria for Essay and Optional Imagery:

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—“Intellectual Aftermath.”

IPYAC Winners:

AICA-INT. Certificates given to all winners. First winner will read essay at Congress (on Zoom). All three essays posted on the AICA-International website.
Applicants may contact Awards Chair, Jean Bundy-MFA, PhD, anytime.