The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Art Critic Residency Program

The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Art Critic Residency Program was established by the Beaverbrook art Gallery in 2015 to advance visual arts criticism and journalism in the development and appreciation of contemporary art in New Brunswick. Following the initiation of this valuable program with the enlistment of the American critic and award-winning freelance journalist, Edgar Allen Beem, the Gallery is pleased to announce its second critic-inresidence, Stephanie Buhmann.

Stephanie Buhmann was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1977 and has been based in New York City since 1998. She received a BFA and Master in the History of art, architecture and Design from Pratt Institute, NY, with Honors (2012). She is a member of the Association Internationale des Critiques d’art and the Deutscher Fachjournalisten-Verband. She is a contributing editor at Artcritical. Her essays and art reviews have been published by a variety of international galleries, newspapers, and art magazines. The latter include Kunst Bulletin, Sculpture Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, ARTPulse, Art on Paper, Art Papers, Art Collector and Art Lies, among others. She has a regular art column in Chelsea Now.

Several of her texts have been translated into German and Italian. In addition, she has translated several museum catalogue essays, including for the Guggenheim Museum in venice, Italy (2014) and Museum Pfalzgalerie kaiserslautern, Germany (2013). She has received a Kress Foundation Fellowship (2002) and an archive and library Stipend from the arp Foundation (2015).

Notable among Buhmann’s published work is New York Studio Conversations (The Green Box, Berlin, 2016), which presents a series of sixteen interviews she conducted with female artists who represent a wide range of different styles and media: Lisa Ruyter, Kiki Smith, Joyce Kozloff, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Kate Shepherd, Tara Geer, Hermine Ford, Polly Apfelbaum, kathy Butterly, Kathleen Kucka, Leslie Wayne, Jennifer Riley, Melissa Meyer, Jacqueline Gourevitch, Luisa Rabbia, Michelle Jaffé. Looking for an approach beyond the mainstream media coverage of the art market, she visited the artists in their studios and gained insights into their individual artistic practices and creative approaches, as the artists openly shared their philosophy, sources of inspiration, and personal stories.

Buhmann’s residency in New Brunswick will take place from November 9 to 15, 2016, and will involve several studio visits with local artists, a public lecture, and an art writing workshop. Her observations of the work of New Brunswick artists will be published in 2017 in the Gallery’s visual arts journal Billie: Undercurrents in Atlantic Canadian Visual Culture.

Public programs offered as part of The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Art Critic Residency Program

How to Write about Art, Formulate your Artist Statement or Art Review
Writing Workshop with art critic-in-residence Stephanie Buhmann

Saturday  November 12, 10 am – 12 noon

This workshop will explore different approaches to writing about art by providing and analyzing various examples by artists, writers and essayists. After an introduction to key concerns, participants will be encouraged to formulate the beginning of either an artist statement or art review, using artworks in the collection of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery as an example. Stephanie Buhmann will offer feedback on any texts submitted during the course of this workshop.

Workshop is free. Refreshments will be served.

Limited spaces available
Registration is required, please call 458-2028 or email

In Conversation: Art in New Brunswick
Panel discussion with artists about artists, moderated by Stephanie Buhmann

Saturday November 12, 3 pm

Critic-in-residence Stephanie Buhmann will moderate a discussion inspired by her journey through the New Brunswick artscape, her studio visits with local artists, and the influence our collection has on contemporary art.

Having conducted over fifty interviews with contemporary artists, ranging from Nancy Spero, Kiki Smith and Ernesto Neto to Mark Dion, Buhmann will now host a panel discussion with three New Brunswick artists. She will initiate a discussion about art, ideas, techniques and individual philosophies, while sharing her observations as an international curator and writer. The panel will conclude with a Q&A, encouraging any member of the larger community to participate.

Free, refreshments will be served.


This program is made possible with a grant from the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation.