Critic in Residence

Valuing diverse voices. Pelican Bomb’s Critic-in-Residence program broke ground by bringing art critics from throughout the country to New Orleans through engaging paid residencies.

Pelican Bomb continues to innovate new ways to bring national attention to local art communities. With the Critic-in-Residence program, Pelican Bomb hosted arts writers in New Orleans for one-week stays, which included artist studio visits, as well as museum, gallery, and private-collection tours. Designed for the critic who prioritizes connection, discussion, and community engagement, our program presented public lectures, student writers’ workshops, and peer-to-peer discussion groups to foreground mentoring and skill-sharing. In 2014–15, we piloted our dual-city residency program with BURNAWAY in Atlanta.

We’re not currently accepting applications for our Critic-in-Residence program, but we’re always thinking of new ways to support our community of writers and artists in New Orleans.