View our list of local anti-racist organizations, Black-led art spaces in our community, and national resources for supporting Black Lives Matter here.
We are a community-led, submissions based publication. If you think there’s a story hiding somewhere, we want to hear it! We are always open to working with contributors on making your idea a reality, however, the following article and review formats are encouraged. All submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a topic that you think should be covered? Submit information about an event, exhibition, happening, artist, or idea to email@example.com with “Listing” in the subject line. We rely on your community initiative to keep the information flowing. Don’t forget to keep us in the loop with what you’re up to.
Quick Bits (300 – 500 words)
Easy to read, easy to digest, and easy to share. Quick Bits should be submitted within 4 days following an event (gallery opening, show, artist talk, etc.) Be brief, to the point, and have fun! These pieces do not need pre-approval and will be accepted on a continuous rolling basis. There is no limit to the number of Quick Bit Reviews you can submit.
Reviews: (600-1200 words)
Images should be included. Reviews should cover exhibitions, gallery events, artists, or happenings within and around Boston. This writing should be spirited, engaging, and critical without heavily relying on jargon. Don’t be afraid to express a critical opinion or be referential. There is an expectation that these reviews will include enough context/research to make them both timely and timeless in the print publication.
Artist Interviews: Interviews with artists who are, or once were, living, working, or studying in the Greater Boston Area will be accepted. These pieces should provide a dynamic, fun, engaging and insightful lens into the artist’s world. Interviews should include a brief bio about the artist and context about the interview in the form of an introduction (~150 words.) A variety of mediums, formats, and creative arrangements are welcomed. Film / video assistance available upon request.
Boston Artists Outside of Boston
Do you know of a local legend who is showing work/performing in another city? These reviews should be current and up-to-date and can fulfill any other review format listed.
Critical Perspectives (1200+ words)
Here’s your time to shine! Throw us for a curveball with your expertise and research. Critical Essays will be evaluated for our future print editions and featured prominently on our site. To submit a critical essay, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to share your idea and begin the editing process. Critical essays can discuss ideas non-specific to the region, but should connect to Boston in some manner. You rock!
Speaking of documentation…
If you are covering a small, non-institutional exhibition or a non-documented happening, your photos and personal documentation are welcomed. Please submit photos of artwork that are well lit, not blurry, and feature only one piece at a time. Photos from artist interviews, panel discussions, or other happenings should be clear and avoid chaos (i.e. lots of other people) in the photo. Please reach out with any questions about photography/documentation if necessary.
Boston Art Review welcomes submissions of critical perspectives, essays, reviews, interviews, and artist projects for our winter issue, Timestamp.
The pages of Issue 06 will be offered as a site for experimentation. We’re looking for stories, artist projects, and reflections that are collaborative and contemplative as we work together to reckon with the most urgent issues of our present moment: the impact of the pandemic, the continued fight to upend violent, systemic racism, the monumental election on our horizon, and so much more. We invite contributors to examine and respond to these events while recognizing the role that art and artists play in shaping the ever-evolving dialogues around them.
We’re pleased to invite Nakia Hill as this issue’s guest editor. Hill is a writer, educator, and journalist who uses writing as a tool for healing, self-care, and resistance. Born and raised in Boston, Hill will edit work dedicated to reclaiming space and celebrating Black writers, artists, and creators based in Boston. We welcome work that spans several mediums, scales, and practices through an African diasporic lens. We hold space for reflection, remembrance, and Black perspectives.
We recommend familiarizing yourself with previous issues to better understand the type of writing and artwork we publish. We encourage you to think of novel ways in which art and criticism can be presented in print and to manifest that vision in the form of a proposal.
All pitches and questions should be directed to email@example.com. All contributors will be offered a $100 stipend upon completion of the work.
Proposals will be accepted through September 30th and reviewed on a rolling basis.
The following items should be included in a pitch and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
The following items should be included in your final draft:
Boston Art Review is neither an academic journal, nor a news magazine; rather it is a hybrid that combines scholarship, criticism, and a creative voice that spans across genres and reaches diverse audiences. Text submissions may fit into the following categories, but our editorial team are happy to work with you on developing stories. We welcome pieces that are poignant, engaging, pertinent, and relevant to our time and place.
Critical Perspectives / Think Pieces: Approximately 1,500 – 2,000 words. These essays will present a critical discussion and evaluation of issues or ideas relevant to art and culture. These pieces may or may not directly reflect Boston, but should reference the region within the piece. We encourage you to research or seek quotes and perspectives as needed. Creativity in this medium is expected!
Reviews: Approximately 800 – 1,000 words. Images should be included. Reviews should cover exhibitions, gallery events, artists, or happenings within and around Boston. This writing should be spirited, engaging, and critical without heavily relying on jargon. Don’t be afraid to express a critical opinion or be referential. There is an expectation that these reviews will include enough context/research to make them both timely and timeless in the print publication.
Essays: Approximately 1,200 words. Images / artwork included is preferred. These pieces are similar to the critical perspectives but allow more room for reference to your own work, scholarship, or position within the community.
Artist Interviews: Interviews with artists who are, or once were, living, working, or studying in the Greater Boston Area will be accepted. These pieces should provide a dynamic, fun, engaging and insightful lens into the artist’s world. Interviews should include a brief bio about the artist and context about the interview in the form of an introduction (less than 150 words.) A variety of mediums, formats, and creative arrangements are welcomed. Film / video assistance available upon request.
Artist Profiles: Similar to artist interviews, we are welcoming work on artists with a connection to Boston. Their work should explore the theme, Tracing Movement. Profiles can be written about yourself in a third person context if you are intending to include a portfolio or body of work within the print.
Artist Work in Print: For each issue of Boston Art Review, we invite collaborations with artists to display their work in novels ways designed especially for print.
* All of the above are also accepted on a rolling basis for the online platform. Our editorial team are happy to work with you on story ideas, event coverage, film, and photo documentation.