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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 submit@bostonartreview.com.

Listings
Is there a topic that you think should be covered? Submit information about an event, exhibition, happening, artist, or idea to submit@bostonartreview.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 jameson@bostonartreview.com 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.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 

ISSUE 07: ROOTING

Boston Art Review welcomes submissions of critical perspectives, essays, reviews, interviews, and artist projects for our fall issue, Rooting

Following a year of precarity, Issue 07 seeks to highlight work that is grounded in personal and communal growth. We believe rooting is an act of generation as well as a sustained practice. At its core, Rooting will investigate artwork and ideas situated around systems of support and nourishment for ourselves and our communities. 

Issue 07 will be a platform for craft and practices that may be inspired by ancestors, history, or shared networks of knowledge. Broadly speaking, we welcome creative interpretations of what it means to root, especially pertaining to site, community, sustainability, and connectivity. 

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. 

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis through June 14.

The earlier you submit an idea, the more time you’ll have to work on your story. Our team is here to help! Don’t be afraid to reach out with any questions or ideas! 

The following items should be included in a pitch and sent to submit@bostonartreview.com 

  • Type of content (i.e. review, interview, etc.) 
  • Intent of the piece (abstract/overview — 3-4 sentences.) 
  • Make a case for the connection to the theme 
  • Short writer or artist bio 

Upon notification that your pitch has been selected, the following items should be included in your final draft. We anticipate final drafts to be due around August 5th. 

  • Google folder containing your writing and/or images with sharing specifications are set to “anyone with link can edit.”
  • First and last name as you would like it presented in print, the title of your piece, any formatting specifications, and image attributes.
  • Writer and artist bio
  • Upon notification of acceptance, all images should be uploaded as high quality .TIFF files at 300dpi in CMYK Image Mode AND as .jpegs. Failure to meet these requirements will affect your consideration.
  • Image attributes and captions are imperative. If you need to acquire press images, illustrations, or artwork to accompany your piece, please reach out directly to our team.

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 / Features: 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 – 1,200 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 1,200-1,600 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. Exceptions will be made for artists currently exhibiting in Boston. 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 (around than 150 words.) A variety of mediums, formats, and creative arrangements are welcomed. Photo / 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, Rooting. Artists may not submit profiles of themselves. 

Artist Work: We are accepting work from artists of all mediums. While all artwork submissions must be in the form of images with text, we can create dynamic content for the online site in order to include video, portfolios, links, etc.

* 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.

This issue is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.