Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Open Letter to Artists | No Fee Art Submissions

Dear Artists,
We are in the process of making several major changes and I am anxious to tell you about them.

First, artists who submit work in response to our calls will no longer have to pay fees
. Everything else about our exhibitions will stay the same. We will select thirty artists whose work will be shown online and in our art and literary journal, Still Point Arts Quarterly, and we will designate 5 artists as award winners in 5 categories.
Second, we have decided to transition to a digital interactive journal; eventually, we will stop producing our journal in print. This decision was mainly driven by difficulties we've had with the U.S. Postal Service regarding delivery. We've made several changes over the years to try to improve our delivery rates, but we still experience a number of costly delivery problems with every mailing. For a small business, these expenses can be very troubling. Some of you have experienced this problem with us. So, we've decided to focus our efforts in the future on our digital piece, and we plan to make it an interactive digital publication with links and pop-ups. We're excited about the next steps in the evolution of our very fine art and literary journal. Also, we will continue to honor paid subscriptions to print editions until they expire.
Still Point Arts Quarterly

Third, subscriptions and single copies of our digital publication will be free. With our expenses drastically lowered by not paying printing and mailing costs, we feel we can offer our journal to readers at no cost. Ultimately, our goal is to dramatically widen our reach into the art and literary community. 

Sign up for your free digital subscription to Still Point Arts Quarterly, which starts with the fall 2017 issue.

I know there is a feeling on the part of many artists that the practice of paying money to have one's work considered for an exhibition is questionable, at best. While it is a very common practice, it has both pros and cons, and I have often given this consideration. But the business of producing a print journal has required us to find ways to support the ever-increasing costs of printing and postage. Since our artists are featured in the journal, I felt charging fees was justified. But by now dropping our printing and mailing expenses, it only makes sense to not charge fees for submitting artwork for consideration. 

I hope you will continue to support and delight us with your art submissions. Our commitment to quality content and presentation is unchanged. Please share this message with your friends and colleagues.

Thank you for all you do to make our work so enjoyable.
Hope to hear from you soon.

Christine Cote
Founder and Proud Member