Submissions

Art Practical accepts pitches on an ongoing basis and encourages contributors to submit who are at all stages of their career. Please email pitches to editor@artpractical.com according to the following guidelines:

  • Pitches should be brief, clear, and pasted into the body of an email. No attachements, please. No more than 1-2 paragraphs max. 
  • The subject line should clearly begin with the word 'PITCH' and your email should include your full name and email address. 
  • If you have never written for us, please include two clips (links or attach PDFs only) and a one-two sentence bio.
  • Include all relevant information: dates, titles, names and links for exhibitions, screenings, performances, etc.
  • In general, we do not accept previously published works and prefer pitches over completed texts. There are exceptions to this, but we prefer collaborating with you to create new work.  
  • Please be transparent if you are pitching to other publications.
  • We read every pitch and value your interest in contributing to Art Practical. Due to high volume it can take us 2-3 weeks to get back to you. We appreicate your patience.   

Shotgun Reviews are an open forum on Art Practical where the broader community is invited to contribute reviews and commentary. They are short format pieces (maximum 400 words) that, as the name implies, offer quick and timely responses to an exhibition, performance, or event on the West Coast. If you are interested in submitting a Shotgun Review, please follow this link for more information.

Fan Mail Column is a single author column and social media initiative that spotlights emerging artists from every region on this planet. We welcome all artists to submit their work to be featured on our social media channels or reviewed on Art Practical. The social media platform of Fan Mail focuses on artists living and working in underrepresented regions, while the column features how artists all over the world are working with themes and materials related to the West Coast (think tech, film industry, climate, politics, etc.). One contributor is nominated from a pool of recent graaduates of California College of the Arts and hold the position for one year. This year's Fan Mail columnist is Jamee Crusan. Recent contributors include: Mailee Hung (2016-17), Alia Al-Sabi (2015-16), A. Will Brown (2014-2015). Please send links to your work to editor@artpractical.com

To submit your* work, email editor@artpractical.com with a link to your website and “Fan Mail” in the subject line. All submissions must contain a valid URL that leads to at least 10 current images of your work. Do not submit links to Dropbox or WeTransfer files, we will not open them. Due to volume, we are unable to reply to all submissions.

*A note to galleries: please ask your artists to submit to Fan Mail directly, as we are not able to accept submissions from galleries.

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Internships

Art Practical Internship program

Interns work with the Art Practical team to produce Art Practical’s thematic issues, monthly content, podcasts, and 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.

How to Apply:

Send a brief letter of interest, a current resume, and appropriate work samples (as indicated) and your weekly availability to editor@artpractical.com

Please include the position title in the email subject line.  

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

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 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.

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Contact

Please direct all mail to:

Art Practical
c/o Michele Carlson
California College of the Arts
1111 8th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

For press and general inquiries:

editor@artpractical.com
 

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