The Islands Arts Writing Residency


Fogo Island Arts and Art Metropole are pleased to announce that Minh Nguyen has been selected to participate in The Islands, a two-part residency that aims to encourage arts writing and criticism in contemporary art.

Now in its fifth iteration, The Islands invites emerging and established arts writers and artists with a writing practice to think about the various roles of writing across two unique locations. Nguyen will spend a month on Fogo Island as part of Fogo Island Arts’ residency program, followed by two weeks on Toronto Island at Artscape Gibraltar Point. The residency will culminate in a small publication published and distributed by Art Metropole.

The Islands jury for 2020 included Jaclyn Bruneau, writer, critic, and the editor of C Magazine; interdisciplinary artist Zachary Cahill; Alexandra McIntosh, Director of Programs and Exhibitions, Fogo Island Arts; Jonathan Middleton, Executive Director, Art Metropole, and Nicolaus Schafhausen.

Minh Nguyen is a writer and curator of exhibitions and programs based in Chicago by way of Saigon, Vietnam. She is currently attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a master’s degree in Modern and Contemporary Art History, and has completed a bachelor’s degree in English Literature at the University of Washington, Seattle. Nguyen has organized exhibitions at Chicago Cultural Center (forthcoming); Wing Luke Museum, King Street Station and SOIL Gallery, Seattle. She is currently Curatorial Assistant at Conversations at the Edge (CATE), Chicago, a series of screenings, talks and performances by ground-breaking new media artists. Her writing has appeared in ArtAsiaPacific, Art in America, frieze, Art Practical, and AQNB, among others.  

The Islands is a residency partnership conceived and organized by Art Metropole and Fogo Island Arts, with support from Artscape. The next edition of The Islands will take place in 2021.