By Mn Artists
October 31, 2017

About Editorial Submissions:

Mn Artists invites a series of rotating guest editors to publish original arts writing for three months at a time. Each guest editor brings their own unique perspective, network of writers, and publishing concept. Writers who are interested in publishing writing for Mn Artists should note that the tone and direction of the publication shifts significantly several times a year, so take a look at the most recent published articles to see how your work might fit in. Each guest editor receives pitches and communication from writers, and the review process varies from editor to editor.

There are guidelines for Mn Artists' editorial that apply to all guest editors. In general, we are interested in publishing writing by new and seasoned arts writers, pieces that amplify communities of practice across the state of Minnesota, and place Minnesota artists and practices within a wider narrative regionally, nationally, and internationally. We consider work involving all artistic disciplines, and especially support inter- and multidisciplinary conversations. Formats include interviews, essays, critical reviews, profiles, scene pieces, creative writing, or work that otherwise innovates with form. We are especially known for publishing first-person writing by artists, pieces that shed light on the artistic process and explore pressing issues in the field. We do not break news, publish event previews, or do basic coverage of arts events; we ask that writers tie events into more global issues to create strong evergreen pieces. Our style is smart but conversational, directed at artists and arts-interested audiences. Writers are contracted per piece, with fees ranging between $100-200, with the specific rate, guidelines, and deadline assigned by the guest editor.

Current Guest Editor:

In 2006, with a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Regan Golden started photographing the woods behind her grandmother's house in Massachusetts before it was demolished. Four years later, she received a Long-term Ecological Research Grant in the Arts from the National Science Foundation to study the different ways that artists and scientists depict ecological change at the world's "most wired forest," The Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA. Working in collaboration with printmaker Jeremy Lundquist, Golden reordered Harvard's forestry museum to reflect the cyclical nature of deforestation in this region.

The challenge of describing a changing landscape continues to fuel her work. As a fellow in Critical Studies at the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, she spent a year researching and writing about how vision functions in a landscape. In 2015, Golden refocused her work on a landscape closer to home--the urban prairie in Minneapolis. In support of this project, she received a 2015 Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists and a 2017 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant.

Golden's work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including the Midwest Photographers Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL; Lawndale Art Center in Houston, TX; Gallery 44: Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto, ON; The Cue Foundation in New York, NY; the Rochester Art Center in Rochester, MN; Soo Visual Art Center in Minneapolis, MN and The Painting Center in New York, NY.

Seeing Plants: Vision, Botany and Contemporary Art

I wonder how many people in Minnesota right now are peeling a sweet potato, wiping their hands on a cotton dishcloth, looking out at their garden, or taking an aspirin? Seeing Plants, a series of writings by artists, designers and botanists, questions the role that plants play in our everyday lives as material for our artwork, as inspiration, as medicine, as a reminder of our own mortality.

So much of life in Minnesota is now (and has always been) shaped by the plants that constitute much of our environment: so many memories of this place are informed by the smell, the taste, the texture, the color of plants.  And yet, plants are sometimes overlooked -- just a flash of yellow, a dash of pink along the side of the highway. 

There are two themes that sow themselves throughout this series: first of all, the visibility of plants. How do we see and experience plants? What role can artists play in making the cultural importance of plants more visible? The second theme to emerge is the dual strength and fragility of plants. How do plants sustain us? What do plants tell us about our own fragile existence? 

Seeing Plants examines the role of plants in the practice of several contemporary artists based in the Midwest. The writings in this series approach the visibility of plants from a perceptual, intellectual, cultural and aesthetic perspective. 

Writer Submissions:

Arts writers who are interested in writing for Mn Artists can contact Mn Artists Program Manager Emily Gastineau at [email protected]. Please send information on your relevant experience, a bit about why you're interested in writing for Mn Artists and how you see yourself fitting into the publication, thoughts about the kind of writing you'd like to do (topic, format, etc.), as well as 1-3 samples of your previous arts writing. Emily will facilitate contact with the current guest editor if your interests overlap with their publishing concept, or keep your information on file for future guest editors, in case there is a good fit down the road.

Guest Editor Proposals:

Experienced editors (or experienced arts writers with an interest in editing) who would like to submit a proposal for a guest editor series can contact [email protected]

Press Releases:

Artists, arts organizers, arts organizations, and promoters of arts events may continue to send press releases to [email protected]. Please do not send requests for promotional coverage or proposals for especially time-sensitive pieces. We rarely assign pieces in response to contact from the event organizers; it's a better bet for you to reach out directly to the writers who engage with work like yours. We do, however, appreciate you keeping us in the loop about your activities. 

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