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Art Practical is a San Francisco-based arts media organization that develops trustworthy and accessible critical discourse for the West Coast. We support artists and writers by amplifying diverse regional voices. Our initiatives include text, visual, and audio publishing, educational programs, and public events.

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

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Michele Carlson, Executive Director

Vivian Sming, Editor-in-Chief

Leila Weefur, Audio/Video Editor-in-Chief

Kara Q. Smith, Thematic Issues Editor-in-Chief

Addy Rabinovitch, Operations Manager

Tamara Porras, Communications Manager

Charmaine Koh, Publishing Assistant

Nina Vukic, Intern

Regional Editors
Ashley Stull Meyers (Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon)
Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly (Northern and Central California)
Gelare Khoshgozaran (Southern California, Baja California, and Hawaii)

Contributing Editors
Emily K. Holmes
Deanna Lee
Anne Shulock

Christopher Dare
Victoria Gannon
Deanna Lee

Art Practical Audio
(un)making host
Weston Teruya

what are you looking at? host
Elena Gross
Jay Katelansky

Programming Committee
Charmaine Koh
Dorothy Santos
Jen Stager
Mailee Hung
Zoe Samudzi
Tanya Gayer
Calder Yates
Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly
Anton Stuebner
Genevieve Quick

Patricia Maloney (founder)

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Our Partners

A History of Partnerships

Art Practical's 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 and media by serving as conduits for critical dialogue rather than simply proprietors of it.

In June 2013, Art Practical acquired the online arts publication Daily Serving. Daily Serving, founded in 2006, brought together a diverse pool of writers from around the world to bring region-specific views on contemporary art to a wider audience. In 2017, Daily Serving was merged with Art Practical. 

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

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.

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.

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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.

Art Practical is an independent entity and 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:

California Arts Council Arts and Public Media

The Arts and Public Media program supports the production and programming of multiplatform media projects that engage Californians with authentic local stories and experiences centered on the value of arts, culture, and creative expression.

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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