To put ideas discussed at Superscript into practice, Hyperallergic is partnering with the Walker Art Center to announce the Superscript Blog Mentorship. This responsive blogging program will create a pop-up newsroom in the Walker Art Center Library and engage a trio of enterprising bloggers in covering the three-day event.

Superscript: Arts Journalism and Criticism in a Digital Age is a three-day international conference (May 28–30, 2015) to be held at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Co-presented by the Walker and Mn Artists, Superscript will convene artists, critics, editors, and writers for a discussion on digital cultural publishing’s present realities and its possible futures.

We are seeking three bloggers to create live online responses to the conference — under the guidance of three world-class editorial mentors, led by Hyperallergic’s Jillian Steinhauer — through short-form blogging, Q&As, profiles, issues essays, and other formats. Each participant will produce a series of blog posts to be published on the Walker blogs and Mn Artists throughout Superscript, leading up to longer piece for publication on Hyperallergic. This program aims to create a dynamic documentation of Superscript 2015 for attendees and online audiences alike, while offering emerging writers invaluable instruction from seasoned arts journalists, publication experience with three digital platforms, and access to the speakers and attendees of Superscript.

Each mentorship participant will receive:

  • Free admission to Superscript (a $200 value)
  • Journalistic mentorship from three top arts editors
  • A $100 publication fee paid by Hyperallergic
  • Publication bylines on Hyperallergic, the Walker Art Center blogs, and Mn Artists
  • Access to the speakers and attendees of Superscript
  • A Superscript T-shirt

Applicants must:

  • be available for a one-hour training session on Thursday evening, May 28, and throughout the duration of the conference
  • have a fluent command of English (spoken and written)
  • have a working knowledge of key digital tools including WordPress, Skype, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • have knowledge of and interest in contemporary art in all its forms (visual, performing, moving-image art, and new media art; design; architecture; public practice) as well as online cultural publishing
  • have access to a laptop and camera for use during the conference
  • be self-motivated, energetic, and open to learning
  • be calm under pressure, communicative, resourceful, and efficient

Open Call for Participation

Applicants must be within three years of graduation from college and cannot derive their main source of income from arts writing. They must have a demonstrable interest and commitment to the arts as well as enthusiasm and high energy.

To apply, please email the following to, with “Superscript Blog Mentorship Application” in the subject line:

  • Cover letter stating in 500 words or fewer why you’re interested in the program and what you hope to gain from it
  • CV
  • 2–3 writing samples (published or personal writing accepted)

All application materials must be submitted as a single PDF.
Deadline for applications: Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

The Team

Jillian Steinhauer is senior editor of Hyperallergic and a writer living in Brooklyn. Her work has been published in Slate, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Paris Review Daily, and other publications. A graduate of NYU’s Cultural Reporting & Criticism program, she was recently nominated for the 2014 Best Art Reporting award from the International Association of Art Critics. She’s served as juror/judge for art festivals, cat video festivals, and tote bag competitions. (@jilnotjill)

Nicole J. Caruth is the former editorial manager at Art21 and founding editor of the Art21 Magazine (est. 2013). Her writing has appeared in a range of publications, including ARTnewsC MagazineGastronomicaPublic Art ReviewWalker Art Center Magazine, and the Phaidon Press books Vitamin Green and Vitamin D2. She has held positions at the Brooklyn Museum, School of Visual Arts, and Wangechi Mutu Studio. She is currently Artistic Director for Exhibitions and Public Engagement at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. (@nicolejcaruth)

Isla Leaver-Yap works with artists to produce texts, events, and shows. As the Bentson Film Scholar at the Walker Art Center, she researches and publishes on works in the Ruben/Bentson Film and Video Study Collection, and examines its context and legacy within the field of artists’ moving image in contemporary art. She is currently working with artists Moyra Davey and James Richards on producing new works for the collection. She is based in Glasgow, where she is the Project Director of LUX Scotland, and commutes twice a year to the Walker. (@islaly)

Paul Schmelzer is editor of the Walker homepage and blogs. A past editor at Adbusters he’s written for, Art 21, Cabinet,’s re:form, Raw Vision, and Utne Reader, among others. Former editor of the Minnesota Independent and managing editor of its DC-based nonprofit parent, he’s the first digital journalist in Minnesota history to win a Society of Professional Journalists Page One Award or a University of Minnesota School of Journalism Frank Premack Award for Public Affairs Journalism. He blogs at (@iteeth, @walkermag)

Susannah Schouweiler is a writer, arts critic, and editor-in-chief of Mn Artists, an artist-driven, online media platform based at the Walker Art Center covering the art and artists of the Midwest. Before her work with Mn Artists, she served as the editor of Ruminator, a nationally distributed art and literature magazine. She lives and works in St. Paul, Minnesota.(@susannahs, @mnartistsdotorg)

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7 replies on “Hyperallergic and Walker Art Center Partner for Superscript Blog Mentorship Program”

      1. Yes, anyone anywhere can apply, providing they’re fluent speakers and writers of English, but unfortunately we aren’t able to cover travel, expenses, lodging.

  1. i assume that “within 3 years of graduation” means from an undergraduate degree? or would you accept applications from those within 3 years of a master’s degree if they otherwise had no professional arts writing experience?

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