USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program announces 2013 fellows and second National Summit on Arts Journalism

Fifteen leading arts journalists have been selected as fellows for the prestigious 2013 USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program.

With support from the Getty Foundation, the program, now in its 12th year, has established a standard of excellence in journalism, a distinguished roster of alumni and a reputation for innovation and vision focused on the future of cultural journalism. This year, 15 fellows have been chosen from an international pool of 197 applicants.

The 10-day program runs Oct. 23 – Nov. 2, 2013 in Los Angeles. 

In conjunction with this year’s fellowship, to build on its record of focusing on the future of arts journalism, USC Annenberg and the Annenberg Innovation Lab will team up with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, to produce its second National Summit on Arts Journalism on Oct. 25. The 15 Getty fellows, joined by technologists, entrepreneurs, artists and behavioral researchers, will come together for a day to re-imagine the future of the arts press and to address the question: “How can non-traditional publishing support a healthy arts ecosystem?" The gathering will be recorded and produced as an online conference at
The 2013 fellows are:   

  • Gregg Barrios – Affiliated freelancer for the San Antonio Current, working on a collection of Latino art criticism; regular contributor to Los Angeles Review of Books
  • Robert Boffard – Affiliated freelancer for The Guardian, writes about hip-hop for Huck Magazine, Wired (website and magazine), and Aesthetica Magazine
  • Katherine Boyle – Washington Post staff reporter, covers the business of the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution and 15 visual art museums in the D.C. region
  • Lev Bratishenko – Curator and writer on architecture, music and technology inAbitare, Cabinet and Maclean’s. Freelance classical music critic for The Montreal Gazette
  • Siobhan Burke – Contributing writer/editor for Dance Magazine; freelance writer for The New York Times and The Performance Club; dancer
  • Jace Clayton – Currently writing a book on music at the dawn of the digital century for Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. His essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Bidoun, and n+1
  • Jonathan Curiel – Art critic for SF Weekly, writes monthly reviews, covering all art forms. Arts blogger for KQED and past contributor to The New York Times
  • Jay Gabler – Arts editor, Twin Cities Daily Planet, and co-editor and frequent contributor to The Tangential
  • Lynell George – Columnist for KCET’s Artbound, author of many essays about Los Angeles and the book, No Crystal Stair: African Americans in the City of Angels 
  • David Kipen – Founder of Libros Schmibros Lending Library in Boyle Heights and book commentator for KPCC’s  Take Two. Former book critic for the San Francisco Chronicle
  • Jeff Lunden – Active contributor to NPR’s Arts Desk, filing stories for Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition, and a theater composer
  • An Xiao Mina – Co-founder The Civic Beat, consulting editor for Hyperallergic, and contributor to such publications as The Atlantic, Wired and Design Observer
  • Anne Elizabeth Moore – Cultural critic, author of several award-winning books, and Truthout columnist behind Ladydrawers, a monthly comic on gender, labor and culture
  • Bilal Qureshi – Assistant producer at All Things Considered with an interest in the intersection of globalization and culture
  • Alicia Zuckerman – Senior editor for Enterprise in charge of arts, features, and special projects, and interim news director for NPR member station WLRN, Miami

"Right when one would think arts journalism is at a vanishing point, one looks over the horizon and sees the most amazing display of serious writing, thinking and expression about the arts and culture. Each of these fellows is a pioneer for one reason or another, “ said Sasha Anawalt, founder and director of the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program.

Douglas McLennan, founder and editor of, will join the fellowship and provide leadership for the summit.

"Over the course of the past five years we have experimented with new forms of arts journalism and worked on new ways of reporting on culture,” he said. “Our first National Summit in 2009 surveyed the field and showcased leading projects. We’ve also produced a series of Engine projects - pop-up newsrooms that: covered two theatre festivals in LA; the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, KY; innovation in story-telling; and data-based journalism. This second summit brings innovators, thinkers, artists and journalists together to see if we can imagine a new model for covering the arts.”

Edward Lifson, associate director of the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program, will lend his expertise in architectural reporting and criticism. Lissa Sanders completes the USC Annenberg/Getty Fellowship team as program specialist. 

For more information about the Fellowship, visit