Art in America, 2016

Writing Fellowship

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation partnered with Art in America magazine to launch a pilot fellowship to support arts and culture writing in regions of the country that are often underrepresented in the media. The goal of the fellowship program is to foster new discourse about arts and culture that reflects the diversity of the nation and to increase awareness of culturally rich enclaves often not identified as art centers.

Five writers from diverse backgrounds were selected based on their demonstrated commitments to their cities and dedication to writing by producing a long-form piece focused on art and culture in their respective cities for publication in Art in America in 2016:

  • Bill Arning has been the director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston since 2009. 
  • Victoria Camblin is the editor and artistic director of Art Papers magazine, which is based in Atlanta. 
  • Lynn Crawford is a fiction writer and art critic based in Detroit. Her most recent novel is Shankus & Kitto (2016). 
  • Kevin Killian is a poet, author, editor, and playwright of primarily LGBT literature, who lives in San Francisco. 
  • Cameron Shaw is the executive director and founding editor of Pelican Bomb, a website dedicated to sustaining the visual arts in New Orleans. 
A collage of color and black and white images, including a mirror image of text reading "The Buckeye State", a colorful "O", classical statuary, a crowd holding American flags, and a football team with the title and date of the magazine in the center of the collage.

Robert Rauschenberg, Cover for Art in America magazine, May–June 1966

Art in America Articles

Bill Arning, Art in America Writing Fellow

Up Close: Houston Loves Eccentrics

May 2016 Issue

Victoria Camblin, Art in America Writing Fellow

Up Close: Buildings Seeking Art

November 2016 Issue

Lynn Crawford Art in America Writing Fellow

Up Close: The Once and Future Detroit

September 2016 Issue

Kevin Killian Art in America Writing Fellow

Up Close: The Bittersweet Dreams of David Cunningham

March 2016 Issue

Cameron Shaw Art in America Writing Fellow

Up Close: Narrative Painting

October 2016 Issue