The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Art Critic Residency Program

The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Art Critic Residency Program
2017 Critic-in-Residence: Brane Kovič
November 1 to 8, 2017

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. To date, the Gallery has featured Edgar Allen Beem and Stephanie Buhmann as Critics-in-residence.

In 2017, the program will feature independent art critic and curator Brane Kovič from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Along with extensive experience working with many museums and galleries throughout Europe, Kovič has lectured at several universities and presented papers at various international congresses and symposia. He has written major essays and monographs on many national and international contemporary artists and photographers, and has contributed numerous articles and reviews for daily papers, art magazines and other media.

Kovič studied Art History and French at the University of Ljubljana, aesthetics at Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, and semiotics at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. For seven years, Kovič regularly organized and curated an international workshop in Medana, Slovenia, which involved the participation of artists and critics from various parts of the world, and has been involved in Art Circle -- Cultural Embassies Project. In 1992, he was co-founder of AICA (International Association Art Critics) Slovenia and was elected its first president. Since then, he has been involved in the work of AICA's Administrative Council and its commissions.

Along with visiting artists in their studios, he will also be a participant in “Going Critical”, a multidisciplinary Forum aimed at engaging critical art discourse in the Atlantic region. The Forum is organized by ArtsLink NB and scheduled to take place in Sackville, NB, from November 3 to 5.

This program is organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and made possible with a grant from the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation.