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Forthcoming Special Issues

Higher Ed: College Campuses and Public Art
Submission Deadline: September 1, 2016
Guest Editor: Monika Burczyk

As more and more colleges and universities feature public art on their campuses and in their pedagogy, it is a good time to address questions of how public art works at these specialized sites--for students, staff, faculty and community members. A Google search of "public art on campus" yields 110,000 results. While the definition of such "public art" ranges from university museums to social practice exchanges to collaborative community/classroom projects, the missions of these institutions often claim that art on campus is foundational to their intellectual culture and central to their educational vision. In this issue, the guest editor seeks to highlight the range of public art presented at colleges and universities, its various uses and effects, and strategies for evaluating such. Essays, artists' projects, dialogues and all other types of submissions on the subject are welcome.

Open Issue
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2017
Co-Editors: Cher Krause Knight and Harriet F. Senie

For this issue the editors invite submissions pertaining to any theme related to public art. As with each issue, we aim to offer a lively mix of different features. The wide range of submission types typical of the journal (such as scholarly articles, artists’ projects, critical essays, interviews and book reviews), is both welcomed and encouraged here.

Food as Activism in Contemporary Public Art
Submission Deadline: June 1, 2017
Guest Editors: Silvia Bottinelli and Margherita d'Ayala Valva

Food, ranging from dinners to edible gardens, has been incorporated into public art projects since the 1960s. Artists as well as contemporary scholars have analyzed the movement’s historical significance, however, the question of its legacy remains open-ended. During the 1990s food became more consistently linked to relational art and social sculpture. For example, "Culture in Action," a 1992-93 exhibition/community art project curated by Mary Jane Jacob included two important food-centered pieces: Suzanne Lacy’s Full Circle and Haha’s Flood. In such contexts food became an opportunity to address pressing social issues such as gender identity and AIDS. Around the same time other artists also explored certain foods’ exemplification of postcolonial dynamics, while others tracked the ecological impact of food. The aesthetic discourse of food production and consumption as a relational practice can be extended to the realm of social media today. We are interested in receiving articles, interviews, essays, and artists' projects that analyze food art in the public sphere - be it in physical or virtual spaces - in the past four or five decades. Submissions may explore diverse geographical contexts and power dynamics, look at long-term or temporary projects, and focus on participatory, sculptural or conceptual practices.

Past Issues

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Reinterpreting the Canon
Site Variations
Audience Response
Memorials 1: War and Peace
Memorials 2: The Culture of Remembrance
Perspectives on Relational Art
Digital Art