Building community through contemporary visual arts discourse and cultural dialogue


Art Practical, founded in 2009, is a visual arts publishing organization based in San Francisco that is people-forward and equitable. We publish with passion, rigor, and integrity through initiatives that include online arts discourse, podcasts, books, educational programs, and public events. As a platform, Art Practical embraces these many forms to connect diverse regional voices and amplify underrepresented perspectives from the Bay Area and broader West Coast.

Published by California College of the Arts since 2014, Art Practical is committed to educational partnerships and continues to provide professional development, financial support, and mentorship to those coming next because it will take more than us to make the art world we hope to see.

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Core Values

Sustaining Visual Arts Discourse: We support and amplify sustaining visual arts discourse in the many ways it intersects with contemporary culture, politics, histories, and knowledge production.

Responsive: We strive to remain socially and politically responsive to more authentically represent the ever-changing contemporary visual arts and communities we serve.

Community-Focused: We are committed to connecting dynamic national regional dialogues, audiences, and perspectives through the support of regional editors, writers, and partners. We publish content that is from, of, and for the people in our community and meet communities where we are.

Amplifying Voices: Through our community focus, we are committed to amplifying diverse, dynamic voices by creating paid opportunities, collaborations, and partnerships with writers, contributors, editors, staff, and leadership.  

Equitable Critical Practice: Inclusive practices are built into the fabric and all facets of our organization. What we publish, how we work, and who we are is grounded in values of critical discourse and an active pursuit of equity through transparent and thoughtful approaches to business practice, trustworthy conflict of interest policies, open dialogue, structural reflexivity, and a track-record of change.

Time: We believe in sustaining the longevity of visual arts communities and culture through a considered, methodically paced, and long-term commitment to the evolving narratives of people, places, and ideas.

Accessibility: We are committed to expanding how contributors and audiences are able to participate in the creation and understanding of art, knowledge, and discourse through reflexive publishing platforms such as online writing, books, audio/video, and events.

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Christina Linden, Interim Executive Director

Vivian Sming, Head of Publications, Education, and Programs

Leila Weefur, A/V Editor in Chief

Larissa Mellor, Academic Partnerships Manager

Addy Rabinovitch, Managing Editor & Operations Manager

Katherine Hamilton, Publishing Assistant

Daniel Paul Thomas, Publishing Assistant

Deanna Lee
Ashley Stull Meyers 
Anton Stuebner​
Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Deanna Lee
Rose Linke

Audio Editor
Marissa Deitz

Patricia Maloney (founder)
Smitty Weygant
Kara Q. Smith
Bean Gilsdorf
Christopher Dare
Victoria Gannon

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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. In 2019, Art Practical stopped calling our Reviews series by its former name as part of an ongoing effort to be more deliberate with how the organization engages language around gun violence. Shotgun Reviews are now folded into Art Practical’s broader Reviews column.

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 publication 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.

Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Art Practical's column Between You and Me is supported by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing quality of life by championing and sustaining the arts, promoting early childhood literacy, and supporting research to cure chronic disease.


Our inaugural Art Publishing Residency was supported by c3:initiative, a platform for critical inquiry. c3 provides a place-based support structure to nurture personal and social introspection to individuals and communities interested in engaging in thoughtful conversations. Through adaptive residencies, exhibitions, and public programs, c3 offers forward-thinking models for collaboration and resource sharing.

Asian Contemporary Art Consortium (ACAC)

The ACAC Writing Fellowship was 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 provided 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 was 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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