Art Practical’s subscribers receive a weekly digest of the columns and reviews produced by Art Practical and Daily Serving, as well as links to Bad at Sports podcasts. Subscribers receive a sneak peek at thematic issues and advance invitations to public programs and events.

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Art Practical is an online magazine that enriches critical dialogue for the Bay Area visual arts by providing comprehensive analysis of events and exhibitions. Since its launch in October 2009, we have promoted the Bay Area's role in the international art scene, created an archive of its contemporary artistic practices, and fostered its artistic production through critical writing and public programming.

The most important website in the Bay Area arts scene. —Hou Hanru

Art Practical is emblematic of the collective and collaborative spirit of the wide-ranging Bay Area visual arts culture, which combines international perspectives with a long local history of incubating experimentation and innovation. Our contributors are some of the most renowned artists, performers, writers, educators, and curators working in the Bay Area.

Our content, public programming, and rigorous editorial review have been lauded and noted in numerous media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press, Miami Herald, and the New York Times; on KCUR, KQED, and NPR; and on blogs, including Edward Winkleman, Rocketblog!, Open Space, Mission Local and Independent Curators International.

Curator Frank Smigiel cited Art Practical’s “Shop Talk” series and related review in his essay for Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present (John Wiley & Sons, 2013); the Pulitizer-Prize wining art critic Holland Cotter has called Art Practical “an excellent paradigm for criticism’s online possibilities”; and curator Hou Hanru has described us as “the most important website in the Bay Area arts scene.”

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Michele Carlson, Executive Director

Kara Q. Smith, Editor-in-Chief, Art Practical

Christopher Dare
Victoria Gannon
Deanna Lee

Associate Editors
Anne Shulock
Matt Sussman

Production Coordinator
Addy Rabinovitch

Communications Manager
Jackie Clay

Smitty Weygant, Technical Director

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Our Partners

Daily Serving

In June 2013, Art Practical acquired the online publication Daily Serving as part of an expanded partnership in publishing art criticism, a move that came after several years of sharing content and working together to build audiences and offer support for each other’s objectives.  

By combining Art Practical’s deep investment in the San Francisco Bay Area arts community with Daily Serving’s expansive global network of writers, the new partnership explores the investment contemporary artists make in a local community while creating new opportunities to participate in international dialogues on an enlarged scale. It also establishes a new model for arts publishing and new means of connecting readers to groundbreaking contemporary art.

It really has been integral to mobilizing a new generation of art discourse.– Franklin Melendez

Designed to be a dynamic source of information sharing, Daily Serving directly connects readers to countless resources through original articles, interviews, and reviews published everyday. Daily Serving has grown to become an expansive, international source for groundbreaking contemporary art, with a huge network of writers spanning the globe. The Daily Serving team is dedicated to providing these resources for free to readers worldwide, so that everyone can benefit from the abundance of amazing contemporary art happening around the world.

Bad at Sports

Since our inception, we have produced a monthly interview column in conjunction with Bad at Sports, a weekly podcast produced since 2005 from Chicago that features artists talking about art and the community that makes, reviews, and critiques it. Bad at Sports airs the audio episode of the interview while Art Practical publishes an excerpted text article. Featured subjects include AA Bronson, Andrea Fraser, Anna Halprin, Chris Doyle, Emily Roysdon, James Voorhies, Kehinde Wiley, Martha Wilson, Natasha Wheat, the Otolith Group, and Pablo Helguera, among many others.

A History of Partnerships

Our active network of content partners reflects a vibrant, complex mix of cross-disciplinary practices. It demonstrates a model for visual arts criticism that is highly conscious of the audience it is serving. Collectively, we represent the shifting landscape of arts journalism by serving as conduits for critical dialogue rather than simply proprietors of it.

Our extensive archive also houses the several years of legacy content produced by Art Practical’s predecessor, Shotgun Review, and by the art calendar Happenstand.

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Our Publisher

There is a certain eagerness for this kind of discourse in our community. – Nicole Mauser

Our publisher is California College of the Arts (CCA). 

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts  offers 22 undergraduate and 13 graduate programs in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers BFA, BA, MFA, MA, MBA, BArch, MArch, and MAAD degrees. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, and currently enrolls 2,000 full-time students. CCA students are encouraged to work in an interdisciplinary manner, undertaking projects and collaborations with students in other majors and engaging with outside communities.

As the publisher, CCA serves as the fiscal agent for Art Practical and Daily Serving. The two publications have been run as independent entities since their founding in 2006 (DS) and 2009 (AP).

Each publication retains its core mission, editorial vision, and autonomy in all areas, including content, staffing, and programming.

This alliance creates the unprecedented opportunity for the two publications to continue to serve a broad community while enabling students to learn professional skills in publishing and to conceive of new audiences for their ideas.


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Our Funders

Art Practical has received generous support for its programs and activities from the following organizations and funders:

Asian Contemporary Art Consortium (ACAC)

The ACAC Writing Fellowship is supported by the Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium in San Francisco (ACAC-SF), a not-for-profit coalition dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding, to building audiences, and to promoting and sustaining interest in Asian contemporary arts and design in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

The Knight Foundation

Funding for Issue 4.4: Miami has been provided by the Knight Foundation. The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.

The Microsoft Corporation

The Microsoft Corporation generously provides support for the Visiting Artist Profile series through a matching grant program for volunteer hours, as well as for software and hosting.

Art Practical already offers an excellent paradigm for criticism’s online possibilities. — Holland Cotter

Kadist Art Foundation

The Visiting Artist Profile series is supported by the San Francisco branch of the Kadist Art Foundation. Kadist participates in the development of society through contemporary art by collecting and producing the work of artists and conducting various programs to promote their role as cultural agents. The foundation also supports the work of curators, academics, and magazines internationally through its residency program and by hosting public events on Wednesdays and ongoing exhibitions at its space at 3295 20th Street in the Mission.

Alternative Exposure

With major support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Alternative Exposure offers direct support to Bay Area based unincorporated groups, burgeoning art and gathering spaces, publications, websites, collectives, events, and projects that fall outside the traditional frameworks of support.

Rocket Grants

Funding for Issue 3.10 Kansas City has been provided by the Charlotte Street Foundation and the KU Spencer Museum of Art through their Rocket Grants program. With funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Rocket Grants program aims to fuel the energy of the Kansas City regional visual arts community by encouraging and supporting innovative, public-oriented work in non-traditional spaces. 

The Creative Capacity Fund

The Creative Capacity Fund (CCF) is a collaborative funding initiative of the Center for Cultural Innovation and multiple California Arts funders that is designed to strengthen the work of artists and arts administrators by providing them with access to a wide range of professional development and peer learning opportunities in California, and nationally.

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Daily Serving | Art Practical Internship program

Interns work with the Daily Serving | Art Practical team to produce Daily Serving’s daily content and Art Practical’s thematic issues, numerous public programs, and educational initiatives; and develop strong relationships with the Bay Area and international visual arts community to create greater visibility for the magazines and organization.

Interns learn crucial editorial skills and the operations of two premiere and well-established arts magazines; create valuable connections within the community of writers, artists, galleries, and museums; attend editorial staff meetings; have the opportunity to contribute Shotgun Reviews; and contribute to podcasts. There is the potential to expand the position according to the intern’s interests and skills.

Internships may be arranged for academic credit through the participant’s school, though it is not required.

Editorial Internship responsibilities include:

  • Post articles

  • Fact check and proofread articles

  • Communicate with contributors, artists, galleries, and subscribers

  • Research potential picks and news items

  • Help organize public programs

  • Help manage Art Practical’s Events Listings

  • Assist with live coverage of events    

  • Assist with content creation and management for marketing campaigns and organizational communications

  • Attend weekly staff meetings

  • General administrative duties as needed

Editorial interns report to the editor(s) in chief, production coordinator, and the executive director.

Potential candidates must have strong writing skills, be organized and detail-oriented, flexible, and self-directed. Experience blogging and/or with content management systems is strongly desired. A background in contemporary art and familiarity with the visual art scene is preferred.

Public Relations Internship responsibilities include:

  • Work with our social media strategist to conceive, implement, and track social media and email campaigns

  • Research media contacts

  • Write press releases and monthly newsletter

  • Promote subscriptions and reader commentary

  • Research potential picks and news items

  • Assist with live coverage of events     

  • Assist with content creation and management for marketing campaigns and organizational communications

  • Provide support for sponsorship and partner campaigns for projects and events

  • Attend weekly staff meetings

Public Relations interns report to the communications manager and the executive director.

Potential candidates must have strong writing skills, be organized and detail-oriented, flexible, and self-directed. Experience with online marketing strategy, communications systems and online community-building strongly desired. Knowledge of and experience using standard social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat) desired. A background in contemporary art and familiarity with the visual art scene is preferred.

Design Internship responsibilities include:     

  • Support the design needs and growth for both online publications

  • Work with the staff to design, conceptualize, and bring to life marketing and branding campaigns for desktop and mobile platforms

  • Assistance producing some printed collateral, though the majority of design work will be web-based

  • Help develop ad campaigns and collateral for our sponsorship program     

  • Help with design needs of PR material with a focus on the newsletter and social media campaigns

  • Provide insight and implementation of current design trends

  • Attend weekly staff meetings

Design interns report to the communications manager and executive director.

Potential candidates must have strong design and visual skills, be organized and detail-oriented, flexible, and self-directed. Proficiency of Adobe Creative Suite: Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. Experience with design collateral for social and mobile desired. Candidates need not have development skills, though some background is a plus. Experience blogging and/or with content management systems is strongly desired. A background in contemporary art and familiarity with the visual art scene is preferred. Design candidates must submit a portfolio.

How to Apply:

Send a brief letter of interest, a current resume, and appropriate work samples (as indicated) and your weekly availability to or

Please include the position title in the email subject line.  

Application deadline: Internship applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

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