An art review writing competition which was piloted last spring at Temple University-Rome is scheduled to take place this month in London, England. In 2008, Just get published! was organized by Robert Preece Projects in partnership with Sculpture magazine and piloted in Shara Wasserman’s class, Galleries and Studios of Rome. The winner of the competition was Joli Reichel, now a senior art history major. Reichel’s review of Giuseppe Penone at the Académie de France à Rome was published in Sculpture’s October 2008 issue.
In March 2009, the competition moves to the London area, hosted by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Art and Design. Patricia Ellis will lead a guest workshop for six senior-year students. Ellis was an editor of Make and former news editor of Flash Art, and she has written essays for several well-known institutions including the Saatchi Gallery in London. To support the project and the students’ art review proposals, the Camden Art Centre and Tate Britain have invited project participants to the private view and offered complimentary press tickets.
Robert Preece, an alumnus of Temple/Tyler art history (1990), says, “I was a student in Shara’s class 20 years ago in Rome. We had to write reviews and I found the class format to be quite innovative. So I was thrilled that Shara was willing to test out the concept, and we could give some students an extra incentive.” Since studying at Temple, Preece has published over 200 writings on art and design in international magazines. He adds, “As an alumnus, I was also pleased to give something back to Temple/Tyler.”