Now in its twenty-third year, the Critics’ Residency program served as a pilot program for both the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. Unique in its premise, the program is a collaborative effort that works to bring a nationally-renowned critic to Baltimore each year to mentor writers while showcasing the talent of area artists.
This year’s exhibition includes the work of artists: Ken D. Ashton, Jessie Boyko, Dottie Campbell, Bernhard Hildebrandt, Gil Jawetz, Bonnie Crawford Kotula, Kim Manfredi, and Lynn Rybicki.
Intended to stimulate critical discourse within the region, this year-long program concludes with an exhibition of artwork selected by critic Vincent Katz during studio visits; a catalogue of critical writing by participating writers, Martin Johnson and Dylan Kinnett, an essay contributed by the critic; and a public forum where participants are invited to exchange ideas about contemporary art with the public.
This year’s Public Forum will take place on Saturday, May 9th at 2 pm and will be moderated by Aaron Henkin, co-creator and producer of WYPR’s radio arts program, The Signal. Henkin’s news reports and features have aired nationally on programs including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Day to Day, as well as PRI’s Studio 360 and The World. Aaron is also a regular guest host on the nationally syndicated American Public Media program, The Story. Aaron’s latest project is a weekly folk music and storytelling program called Tapestry of the Times, a show that explores the audio archives of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
A reception will follow the Public Forum at 3 pm.