Kenyon College

The Art of Writing About Art


Give your writing more clarity, more eloquence (and less jargon). For scholars, graduate students, and other professionals, two noted art writers offer an intensive workshop.


The program

The workshop meets in the Gund Gallery, a cutting-edge cultural center at Kenyon College. Workshop goals and activities include:

• Cultivating clarity in art criticism (and avoiding jargon and clichés).

• Writing a short exhibition or project review, based on one of the Gallery’s summer exhibitions.

• Writing a longer exhibition review.

• Exploring and identifying opportunities for publication in both familiar and new media formats, including print and digital media.



peterPeter PlagensArt Critic, Painter, and Novelist
Peter Plagens is an art critic, painter, and novelist who writes about art for the Wall Street Journal. From 1989 until 2003, Plagens was a senior writer and art critic for Newsweek. He previously wrote for Artforum. Plagens is the author of two novels, Time for Robo (1999) and The Art Critic, which is serialized online at artnet. As a painter he has been represented by the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York. He attended the University of Southern California and lived and worked there upon graduating. In 1974, he published Sunshine Muse: Contemporary Art on the West Coast. Plagens has lived and worked in New York for many years.


terryTerry Barrett • Author, Editor, and Professor
Terry Barrett is the author of Criticizing Art, Interpreting Art, Criticizing Photographs, Why Is That Art?, Talking about Student Art, and Making Art. He is editor of Lessons for Teaching Art Criticism and Kunst Werkt, an educational project of interpreting contemporary art in the Netherlands. He is former editor of the research journal Studies in Art Education, and of The Arts Education Review of Books and Columbus Art, a regional publication of art criticism. Barrett is a professor emeritus, The Ohio State University, where he received a distinguished teaching award, and is currently professor of art education and art history at the University of North Texas.