The Critical Writing program commissions emerging writers to pursue the underlying themes and ideas that inform individual Session projects, initiating meaningful exchanges between artists and writers and facilitating the mutual production of new work.

Fellows are given editorial support and a $750 honorarium. Editorial support for Critical Writing provided by Kemi Adeyemi, Well Read.

If you’d like to be considered for the fellowship, please combine the following into a single PDF and send to

  • Your top 2 choices for Session artists you want to work with and a few sentences per artist explaining why
  • A brief explanation of your interest in the Critical Writing program
  • A writing sample
  • A resume/CV

Your application will be shared with the artists you name.

Note, applications are due to by September 30th 11:59 pm EST. Session artists will choose their desired Critical Writing fellow by mid-October.

Upcoming Session artists are listed below:

Ogemdi Ude and Sydney King: Living Relics

January 5 – February 16, 2021

How do we make grief tangible? For Living Relics, interdisciplinary artist-duo Ogemdi Ude and Sydney King invite the public into an intentional and collective space of grieving. Inspired by their research into the death and grieving rituals of a survey of cultures, Ude and King will offer their own sculpture-based ritual: by inviting people to cast their bodies in plaster, the artists facilitate the process of externalizing pain in order to process it.

Charisse Weston: Through: The Fold, The Shatter

March 2 –  April 13, 2021

Through the construction of a new series of intricate glass installations, Through: The Fold, The Shatter tells a charged story of glass as a building material. Charisse Weston’s glass-based works invoke contemporary architectural uses of glass to signal modernity and authority––while also symbolically critiquing Broken Windows theory, which argues that signs of crime in urban environments, like broken windows, encourage further crime. As it evolves, Through: The Fold, The Shatter will invite the public to consider their participation in the history of policing and surveillance. 

Sophia Giovannitti: Untitled (Incall)

May 4 – June 15, 2021

Untitled (Incall) troubles the line between art industries and sex industries. From the perspective of the prostitute moving through the world of cultural production, Sophia Giovannitti will turn half the Recess gallery into an incall and the other half into an reading room with materials on erotic labor for sex working artists and allies. Untitled (Incall) draws together the experiences of sex workers from across racial, gender, and class lines, challenging well-accepted notions around what constitutes “essential labor,” art work as labor, and sex work as art work. 

Smita Sen: The Manipura Installation

June 29 – August 10, 2021

Centering on the experiences of caretakers, The Manipura Installation reimagines healthcare as a community-driven endeavor. A collectively-created altar-like sculpture will become a space for gathering, healing, and transformation. Smita Sen responds to the question, “Who cares for the caregiver?” by drawing us into a space of restorative and meditative reflection for caretakers of all kinds. 

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