Article Submission Guidelines

Each month, Art in Alaska will present interviews with Alaskan artists as well as announcements and critical reviews of exhibits throughout the state. People interested in contributing feature length articles to Art in Alaska should send in their ideas in advance rather than send unsolicited manuscripts. Opportunities for contributing to this collaborative free online publication include the following:

Critical Reviews: Attend an art exhibit in your community. Art criticism must be accompanied by representative photos of the work being critiqued. All photos require the express written consent of the artist being reviewed for publication in Art in Alaska.

Art criticism should relate to the artists’ statements and intentions. Rather than stating ‘I hated this artist’s work’, be specific in your criticism. For example, ‘I feel this artist’s use of muddied, monotone colors did not adequately reflect his stated intention of “inspiring warmth reminiscent of the family hearth”, instead his work left me feeling cold and detached.’

Artist Interviews: Include suggestions for what specific aspect of the artist's work your article might focus on. Interviews must be accompanied by sample photos of current works by the artist, though “works in progress” may also be of interest if the article discusses the artist’s technical process. Photos of the artist at work in their studio are also highly encouraged.

Show Announcements: All art show announcements will be accepted by Art in Alaska though they may be edited for length. Art in Alaska will not be responsible for last minute changes in times or venues. Mail physical postcard announcements to: Art in Alaska, 309 D Street, Douglas, Alaska 99824

Technical Tips: Share helpful technical tips with other artists working in your medium. For example: ‘After stretching your canvas use a lint brush to remove hair and other debris from the canvas surface before priming it’. Emphasize the how-to: how the artist works with a medium, solves problems or conducts their business. The goal is to allow readers to learn from other artists' techniques and strategies so they can improve their own work.

Feature Articles: Feature articles may be on any topic that may be of interest to artists and those who love art. They can range from the isolation that some Alaskan artists feel who live in remote areas, to the struggle against giving in to the temptation of creating Alaskana. They can be written in a regular, conversational voice from the first person.

Student Showcase: Each month Art in Alaska will feature one student from either the high school or college level whose work shows particular promise. If you feel one of your students would make a good candidate, please send in 2-3 sample images of their work and a paragraph on why you believe their work stands out. If accepted, your student will be asked to write a brief artist statement about their work or their interest in art, to be included in the article. You may also want to interview the student, or send in some additional material to be included in the feature.

From the Guestbook: There is generally one comment in the guestbook that stands out as more clever, insightful, or witty than the rest. Send in your favorite guestbook comment, Subject Line: Art in Alaska – Guestbook

If I were Trapped on a Deserted Island: Briefly tell Art in Alaska about the one item in your studio you couldn’t live without, and why.

Article Guidelines: Feature articles can range anywhere from approximately 500 to 1,200 words. Art in Alaska is distributed on the 14th of every month, so the submission deadline will be the 1st of every month. For example, all materials for the January issue must be received no later than January 1st, though the earlier submissions are received the better. This publication cycle is in order to include reviews and announcements for exhibits while they are still being displayed.

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