Burlington City Arts

Visiting Critic Program

Burlington City Arts' Visiting Critic program is designed to connect Vermont artists with influential arts writers, institutional curators, and commercial gallerists. The program brings distinguished art world individuals to Vermont to conduct one-on-one studio visits and to give a lecture that is free and open to the public. This continues BCA’s commitment to connecting the art and ideas of Vermont to a broader audience of influential contemporary art professionals. 

The Visiting Critic program is sponsored by Hen of the Wood.

Upcoming Critics 2016


April 2016 (April 15-17): Anaïs Castro
Public Lecture: Saturday, 4/16, 11:00AM, The BCA Center Second Floor
Studio Visits: 4/15 + 4/16​

Anaïs Castro is an art critic and curator based in Montreal.  She has worked as the Assistant Curator of Kirsten Lloyd at Stills, Scotland’s Centre for Photography and has led multiple curatorial projects, including Monochrome³, Staging the Scene, Porcelain: Breaking Tradition, Moving Still | Still Moving and more recently #self. She writes for various magazines, including esse arts + opinions, Espace art actuel and Line Magazine. She holds a BFA in Art History from Concordia University and a Masters in History of Art, Curating and Criticism from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Since January 2013, she has been working as Art Mûr’s Program and Content Manager.


How To Apply
Artists interested in being selected for a studio visit are welcome to apply. Applications MUST be submitted electronically as a single PDF document, include ALL of the information below, and be no larger than 2MB.

  • Artist resume or CV. Be sure to include contact information (name, studio address, phone number, and email address)
  • Artist statement, introduction to your studio practice, or a general introduction to your work. We suggest 250 words or less.
  • Up to 10 images of your recent work. Images should be captioned with title, date, medium, and dimensions.

Email the application to Ashley Jimenez:

Please Note

  • Applicants whose work would benefit from audio or video material may include audio or video files that are 5 minutes or less in duration. The files must be submitted as a link to an external hosting site like Vimeo or YouTube. The audio file should be mentioned in the image list and a still from the video should be included as one of the 10 images, with a link to the hosting site in the image caption list.
  • Applications not meeting these requirements or hard copy applications mailed to BCA will not be reviewed.
  • Applicants whose studios are more than one hour from BCA may be asked to present their work in a space provided at the BCA Center.
  • Artists currently enrolled in an academic program are not eligible to apply.
  • Artists who are selected for a studio visit are ineligible to apply for the following visit.
  • If you have any questions regarding the application process, the program, eligibility, or application guidelines, please contact DJ Hellerman at



October 27 – 29, 2015: Harlan Levy
Public Lecture: Wednesday 10/28 6:30pm
Studio Visits: Tuesday 10/27 & Wednesday 10/28

Harlan Levey arrived in Europe in 1996 with the ambition of becoming a professional football player. This did not work out. Fortunately, while on trial in Limburg, he was hired to teach comparative American Literature at the University of Maastricht and offered the chance to continue his studies. He earned an MA in Science, Technology and Society studies before moving to Brussels. 

In Brussels, he originally worked as a meta-marketing manager for popular trading card and role-playing game brands, before co-founding a company called Myco-Labs and eventually returning to academics as a research fellow at the International Forum for Bio-Philosophy (IFB at KU Leuven) where he advised on ethical dilemmas in EC funded science research. Parallel to this position, he enrolled as a PhD candidate in Media Aesthetics at the European Graduate School. He left the IFB in 2004 and became the Editor in Chief and later Creative Director of Modart Magazine. In 2011, he opened his own gallery space in Brussels (Harlan Levey Projects). In conjunction with the activities of the gallery, Harlan gives lectures, maintains his own writing practice, works as an external expert for the European Commission, and is leading a 4 year public art project for the city and region of Brussels. Harlan is a graduate of the University of Vermont where he received his B.A. in Literature and Political Science.


November 11-13, 2015: Ola Wlusek
Public Lecture: Wednesday 11/11 6:30pm
Studio Visits: Thursday 11/12 & Friday 11/13

Ola Wlusek is an independent curator based in Southern Ontario. She obtained an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths College, University of London, London, UK. Previously, she studied Cultural Anthropology and Art History at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. For the past ten years, she worked in educational and curatorial departments at public art institutions in Canada and abroad. From 2011 - 2015 she was the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Ottawa Art Gallery in Ottawa, Ontario.