Frequently Asked Questions

What is Peripheral Vision and how can it benefit my creative practice?

Peripheral Vision is an independent publishing and curatorial platform administered by artists and art historians, showcasing work by emerging and mid-career American artists. We pair professional contemporary visual artists with a critic in their discipline for the publication of an academically rigorous short essay, interview, or online exhibition. Articles are published in our new print journal, then, after one year, are archived on the website and made freely accessible. Content is promoted through our free email subscription and over social media. Publication Fellows benefit from becoming part of an exclusive network of visionary professional US artists, critics, and curators.

What is a Publication Fellowship?

Why wait for a critic to attend your next exhibition, or apply to print publications which lack substantive content and are targeted to popular audiences? Peripheral Vision is run by professional art historians eager to collaborate with artists and writing for a specialized academic readership. Our Publication Fellowship program allows artists to assert some measure of control over the timing and content of publications. We can write about a new series, or we can focus on past work you feel deserves in-depth analysis. All fellows collaborate directly with Publisher and Founding Editor Scott Gleeson and an assigned critic.

What do you publish, exactly?

Essays + Interviews: Averaging 1750 - 2250 words. Fellows work directly with a critic. Similar functionality to a magazine or blog page - may be easily share on social media with beautifully illustrated summary tiles. 

Exhibition Essays: For our Salon and Solo Exhibitions critics draft introductory texts of 500 - 1200 words highlighting dominant themes and situating the work within relevant art historical and cultural contexts.

Profile Pages: Contains an Image Gallery, embedded Video, Biography, Statement, Links, full SEO with unique URL. Adored by search engines! All Article Publication Fellows receive a Profile page on the website.

Photo Essays: Great for artist's whose work speaks for itself, this format allows fellows to publish 4-6 works with a list of illustration in our new print journals. 

Project Pages: (For Salon Publication Fellows) Features 1 - 3 work samples with a 250-word Project Statement and a 100 word Biography, Social and Artist Website Links. Published on a magazine / blog template which may be easily shared across social media (page URLs retrieve a gorgeous illustrated summary tile).

How can I make my application the best it can be?

Firstly, high quality images go a long way in communicating your message and professionalism, and are required for publication. For 2D works, consider submitting an installation shot or details of tacking edges or paint textures to showcase your technical abilities and let us know how your art activates surrounding space. All application images should be well-focused, color corrected jpegs in RGB and between 1500 - 2500 pixels. For paintings, we recommended cropping images to show the tacking edge plus 3-4 inches of surrounding wall space. Secondly, make sure your statement clearly communicates your perspective as a creator, and that ideas discussed relate to the visual experience of your art. Finally, maximize your competitiveness by drafting statements and bios that take advantage of the full word counts. As an academic publication, we are more likely to award fellowships to artists with a passion for words, language, and ideas.

What is an "emerging" or "mid-career" artist?

We ask creators to self-identify as emerging or mid-career creators to eliminate competition with established, recognized artists. An emerging artist might be a formally trained artist with 5-10 years professional practice who is not yet represented by a major gallery, received a major grant, or has not yet shown in a major museum. An emerging artist might also be a graduate student or an artist who put their practice on hold to pursue a job or raise a family and has then re-entered professional practice. A mid-career artist might be an artist with 10-20 years of professional practice and teaching experience, yet still considers themselves under-recognized. A mid-career artist may have a great show history but no substantive critical publications aside from reviews or interviews in popular publications. Peripheral Vision editors tailor their evaluation criteria to reflect each creator's individual experience level in relation to their skill, so emerging artists are awarded Publication Fellowships at the same rate as their mid-career counterparts.

My credit card transaction failed. What should I do?

These things happen. Simply email Scott Gleeson at editor (at) peripheralvisionarts (dot) org and complete Step 2 of the application process. Failures usually occur due to over zealous bank fraud protection, thus may require a call to your credit card service. 

I am a Publication Fellow. May I republish my article on my personal website or use it as a catalog essay?

No, Peripheral Vision owns the copyright for written texts and they may not be reproduced without the written consent of the Editor and payment of the applicable copyright fee. We recommend listing the article title and author name on your website with a link to your Peripheral Vision article or Profile page. Artists retain copyright of all images.

How do I cite my Publication Fellowship and Article on my academic CV?

Article citations should include the Critic Name; Title; Peripheral Vision, no. # (Year). Article URL

Fellowships may be listed as Article Publication Fellowship + Year + Peripheral Vision, Dallas, TX