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A one-week intensive virtual critique group designed to offer new perspectives and inject positive energy into your creative practice

This program is for you if...

You've run out of inspiration for your work

You’re ready to try something new and push beyond your comfort zone

You have a million things on your plate and need to be strategic with your time

You're looking for that friendly push to boost your creative energy



Lighting Round is our much-loved Studio Mates program in a short and sweet package! In just one week your creative practice will be infused with positive energy and inspiration. A group of artists will come together to offer feedback, ask questions, and support each other. You'll leave the week with a renewed excitement and a clear focus to take forward into your studio. 

Written Feedback

The feedback process is completed independently on a "virtual crit wall" inside a dedicated Slack community.


Each artist will share, ask questions to the group, and receive honest, thoughtful and caring feedback from their fellow members and facilitator. There will also be opportunity to message and chat with your group members to grow your network and creative practices in a collaborative environment. 

Group Check Ins

Studio Mates Lighting Round will have two group video calls, through Zoom. The first call will be an introduction to the program where artists can ask questions and get oriented. The second call will be an opportunity for reflection, to receive clarity on the week and to conclude the program. 


Above all, they will be a chance to meet other creatives and come together with a common goal. 

All feedback will be constructive and considerate, rooted in empowerment, encouragement, and honesty, and conversations will be moderated and visible to members and facilitators. No harsh or closed-minded words will be tolerated in this program, to allow each member to feel safe and free to share their work without hesitation. 

A Note on Critique

Looking for more support?

Join a 12-week Studio Mates group starting February 5, 2021 



January 15 - 22, 2021


If you're ready to show up and share your work with like-minded artists, join Studio Mates now!


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We have implemented a subsidized payment option for those who self-identify as members of the BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ communities as well as those with disabilities and chronic pain to support artists facing barriers and statistically fewer opportunities in galleries, magazines, and institutions.


This payment option is available using the coupon code "VIRTUALCRITS". For more accessible pricing options please reach out at

Slack channels that can be accessed anywhere, anytime!

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What does a virtual crit wall look like?