Frequently Asked Questions

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

Peripheral Vision Arts is an independent digital publication and gallery platform administered by emerging 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. Our Publication Fellowships enable artists to gain critical recognition, and art historians to gain paid publication experience. In addition to bimonthly public open calls for our distinctive Publication Fellowships, artists may apply for 2 annual art competitions, and 2 annual online exhibitions. Articles are published in the freely accessible journal, promoted through free email subscription, and over social media. Select Publication Fellows may be invited to participate in future gallery, print book, and curatorial initiatives. Publication Fellows benefit from becoming part of an exclusive network of visionary professional US artists, critics, and curators.

What publication opportunity is right for me? (Artists may only receive 1 fellowship per year.)

Professional artists and studio MFA graduate students seeking in-depth critical analysis of their work should apply for any of our Article Publication Fellowships where they will have the opportunity to collaborate directly with a critic or editor. We now offer 2 annual issues plus the Emerging Women Artists issue.

The Salon exhibition is a group show open to emerging and mid-career US artists, including MFA candidates, curated by a Peripheral Vision Critic. Each Salon will exist as a series of permanent pages on the website and will include the publication of a "catalog" essay written by the curator. This is our most inclusive Fellowship opportunity and a great way to introduce your work to us and our followers.

The SOLO Exhibition is ideal for professional artists and MFA graduate students wishing to showcase a well-resolved body of work or project and consult with a curator to produce a didactic introductory text.

The BFA Art Competition honors students enrolled in BFA visual art studio programs and recent graduates. 

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 a digital publication run by professional art historians eager to collaborate with artists for the publication of academically rigorous texts. We award fellowships to 10-20% of applicants who will receive various publication benefits, including Articles, Artist Profile pages, Exhibitions with catalog essays or didactic texts, and Instagram Takeovers.

We are not limited by a print format, thus we scale our service to meet user demand. All initiatives are funded solely through the collection of application fees.

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 BFA Art Competitions we publish introductory essays about common themes amongst participating artists averaging 1200 - 1500 words. Page URLs correspond to the journal issue number and contain the text plus summary tiles for artist Project Pages.

Interview Questionnaires: 1750 words minimum. Fellows coordinate with a Peripheral Vision editor.

Profile Pages: Contains an Image Gallery, embedded Video, Biography, Statement, Links, full SEO with unique URL. Adored by search engines!

Project Pages: Features 1 - 3 work samples with a 250 Description 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 images should be well-focused, color corrected, and be a minimum of 1500 pixels on the shortest side. It is highly recommended that images not be cropped to the painting edge, and allow a modest border around the object showing blank wall or exhibition 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.

May I apply for a Publication Fellowship in more than one category per cycle or per year?

Absolutely, we want artists to have as many opportunities for success as possible! Artists may apply for any Fellowship, art competition, or online exhibition for which they meet eligibility requirements. Artists may only receive one (1) publication opportunity per year.

My credit card transaction failed. What should I do?

These things happen. Simply email Scott Gleeson at editor@peripheralvisionarts.org and complete Steps 2 and 3 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 Arts 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 also recommend listing the article title and author name on your website with a link to your Peripheral Vision Arts article or Artist 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 (or "Gleeson, Scott and Your Name" for Interview Questionnaires); Title; Peripheral Vision, no. # (Year). Article URL

Fellowships may be listed as Fellowship Name + Year + Peripheral Vision Arts, Dallas, TX (e.g. Emerging Women Artists 2016 Publication Fellowship, Peripheral Vision Arts, Dallas, Tx)