Muña 2023: Art Writing Program

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Workshops and editing support by curator Risa Puleo and writer Claire Voon.

Program at a glance:
+3 month hybrid-virtual program (May 31 to August 31, 2023)
+6 accepted writers
+No application fee
+Writers will be working with Sixty Inches From Center to publish their work post-program

We are excited to return this year with a more robust program that includes curatorial writing perceptive from Risa Puleo and journalism experience from Claire Voon. This year we plan to include engaging field trips and studio visits from Midwest based artists. We will also have two public programs to be announced.

Echoing last year’s pilot, we hope to continue strengthening contemporary voices and aspire to seed holistic equitable art language that skews conventions in the art field and ecosystem, not only for art writers but for art readers.

Muña is a 3-month art writing program providing a cohort of six writers the opportunity to critically and creatively engage with art writing strategies, readings, exercises, and conversations. This program is structured for writers to develop and refine their practices through guided workshops and peer-review feedback. This is a program collaboration between Sixty Inches From Center and Chuquimarca.

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Risa Puleo

Risa Puleo is an independent curator and one of a team of curators organizing the 2023 Counterpublics Triennial in St. Louis. Her exhibition Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the American Justice System was curated for The Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston in 2018 and traveled to Tufts University Art Gallery in 2020. Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly was curated for Bemis Center for Contemporary Art during her year as curator-in-residence, and traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Blue Star Art Space and Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, The Nerman Art Museum in Overland Park, Kansas.

Other exhibitions have been hosted by ArtPace, San Antonio, the Leslie Lohman Museum in New York City, Franklin Street Works in Stamford, CT, Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, and more. Puleo has Master’s degrees from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and Hunter College and is a doctoral candidate in Northwestern University’s art history program. She has written for Art in AmericaArt Papers, Art 21, Asia Art Pacific,, Modern Painters and other art publications. 

Claire Voon

Claire Voon is a New York–based writer and editor. She is invested in humane and equitable editorial practices, whether reflected in newsroom structures or in the nuances of language. She is currently the copyeditor and fact-checker at Momus, a regular contributor to the Art Newspaper and a copyeditor with Aperture and Apple News.

Previously, she was deputy editor at Borderless Magazine, a member-supported newsroom working to dismantle racist and harmful media coverage of immigrants; the assistant digital editor at Chicago magazine; and a staff reporter at Hyperallergic. Her work has also appeared in publications including ArtforumAmerican CraftArtnewsArtsy, the Brooklyn RailCulturedFrieze, and the New York Times.

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