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General Rules DOs & DON'Ts
This page is being updated for the first time in years. Have patience. Eventually it will look and read nice. Eventually, it might even have pictures.
We spell everything out. We strive for No Abbreviations Ever. Months, days, streets, avenues, inches, feet, whatever.
Send your show publicity in a timely manner. If the show's tomorrow or the opportunity is due tomorrow, it's already too late.
If it is a one- or two-day only event, state so clearly.
Put info in the text of an email.
Do not list the info down the page. Do not number them or use categories to mark the info. Just give me the info is as close as you can manage in the order of Who, What, When, Why and Where.
More submissions are rejected because they do not include a list of artists or the closing date than any other reason.
This is DallasArtsRevue.
Unless a Dallas-area artist is showing or doing something else interesting there, I am much less interested in art outside of the Dallas area.
I still list Fort Worth and Denton and some other sub-burgs, but I rarely go there to look at art, and I can forsee a time when I will ignore those places.
I don't want DallasArtsRevue to expand its coverage. I want it to contract.
Remember it's DallasArtsRevue.
last part is not r
e v i e w .
List the artists' names in paragraph form separated by commas
Adding info I don't need and won't use just means more work to edit it out.
I procrastinate work. Easy is fast.
State it in sentence form. Then stop. I don't need hype. Probably nobody does.
It is very unlikely anyone anywhere will ever use your hype, although when you send stuff to individuals, it may help them decide whether to attend.
Do Not Number or List these categories, just put the info in this order
1. Show title(s)
DARts edits or ignores titles like “Recent Work.” If your show's title is interesting, we'll use it. Show titles are bolded, so it grabs attention. If your show doesn't have a title, we won't bold anything.
2. Artist(s)' name(s)
DARts will not list events without names of all Dallas artists in the show. (Yes, all. We've listed as many as 200 names before and will again — as long as I don't have to type them. We have plenty of space.)
List all artists' names in paragraph form with a comma (,) then a space after each name. Please type them in Title Case, not ALL CAPs or all lower case, please.
gallery, room, building, etc. name, address, city, state, country — if not Dallas. There's a page for maps, so if your art space is difficult to find, send us a map.
DARts won't list addresses in a tour, but we'll link the tour web site. For tours, we'll choose among better-known locations where people can pick up maps prior to or during the event.
We still want the names of all the artists on the tour. No artist names, no listing.
The first time we list your art space, we'll cite the address. After that, make sure you read and heed the submission info on the Arts Space Information Page.
Precise number addresses with zip codes for galleries, lectures, etc. are helpful for those who use online mapping services. Your own map can be priceless, especially when online mappers get it wrong.
The names of nearby cross streets are often helpful.
2038 South Chautauqua at Formby Boulevard
Some people use Mapscos, so those numbers can be helpful, but a lot more people use MapQuest and whatever Google Maps is up to lately.
Remember that MapQuest and Google online mapping utilities get it wrong. Check them out before you depend on those squirrels.
4. Gallery or exhibition space
5. Opening times and date
The correct format for expressing time/date in DallasArtsRevue is
7-9 Friday September 23. (We use pink type to indicate time.)
If you state the day of the week, we'll use it, and readers will be able to remember the day for your event better, but we won't add it for you.
We generally assume AM and PM are obvious. When they aren't, we might use them in lower case.
11 pm - 3 am
We differentiate 12 am and 12 pm by calling them midnight and noon.
6. Closing date
DOs & DON'Ts
DARts' latest email address is always on the Contact Us page.
Information pasted from Microsnot Word documents look funny in email. Curly quotes turn into question marks or asterisks (*) and dashes look goofy.
Please use or paste plain text in emails.
Save your document as .txt or .rtf, then paste it into an email, instead of attaching it.
Keep it short.
Put all information in the body of the email.
Do not attach MicroSnot Word documents or PDFs or text documents.
Just send us the info in the email — I do not like, have or deal with Word.
Put all the info I need in the text of one email. Then stop.
Do not send images of words, because I can't cut and paste text from them.
I hate retyping, and I'm not very good at it.
I can type up to three names, after that I need text to copy and paste.
"Informative" JPEGs are not helpful. If I can't copy and paste text information, your event might get left out.
Spell out all words — including months, Streets, Boulevards and everything else. Don't use " for inches, ever.
Use intelligent email subjects.
Give meaningful names to image files.
Do not email images AND send postcards. It's confusing.
If I see two or more emails from you, I'll assume they are spam and throw them all away.
Do not send me reminders. They confuse me.
Do not type in all capital letters. I just have to retype it, and I procrastinate doing that.
Do not send elaborate Press Releases. All I need is the facts. More than that is hype.
Hype is hype, and after the important info noted above, I don't need it.
If you need to communicate with me, email me and explain your issue.
Do not double or triple or quadruple-space calendar notices.
It makes it harder and takes longer for me
to put all the right information together.
When you make it harder for me to do my job,
I take longer to post your notices.
If what you are sending me is actually a personal invitation, please state that clearly, and I will not pester you for calendar information.
I also probably will not attend unless we are good friends or I already admire your work.
Do not use generic email subjects
“Art” or “Art News” is nothing new here. “Press Release” is not specific enough.
If you can't think of anything else, use the artist & show title or gallery name.
I.e., “Fred Smirtz at The White Rock Lake Museum in the Bath House Culture Center January through mid-April 2008” makes sense and lets me know immediately what your email is about.
Get to the point quickly.
The farther down an email or printed page I have to go to find information, the less likely I will.
If I have to click several pages down to find mention of your event, I won't.
If you are promoting several kinds of events — only some of which are visual art events, send me a separate email.
Who, what, when, why and where are usually sufficient.
I ignore purple prose, especially words like “world renowned” — If an artist really is, you won't have to say it, and if you have to say it, they aren't.
Photographs by Ernie & Bert. Sculpture by Art Shirer. Performance Art by Annie Boddy. Don't give me their life histories.
BOOZE — DallasArtsRevue will not include information about your champagne tasting, special vodka drinkathon or any other alcoholic reception accoutrements. Information about the food, drinks, music, musicians or sponsors of your opening — or any other promo information that's not pertinent to the art — will not be published.
Information about the art, artists, art lovers or art professionals or others who speak, lecture or show slides or their work will be published. Joyously.
Be Timely: Send show information at least three weeks before the event. If you wait till the last minute to send me information, I might not get around to adding your information.
Don't send a list of future events.
Do not ask for a review.
I review work that thrills or chills me, pisses me off or otherwise makes me want to write about it. I don't write reviews on requests or demand.
Getting a review here does not automatically mean you will like the review here.
DARts seeks news about Dallas artists, here, there, out of town, out of state or out of country. But keep it simple. All we need is who, what, when and where. Purple prose is ignored, and check out the rules for all other submissions, before you send stuff.
New (to us) galleries or art spaces should send additional information, to be included on our Art Space Information (for galleries) or Museums & Art Centers pages. Do not include the bullets, they're here so you'll pay attention to the info behind them.
- Art space name
- address, including street address and zip code,
- phone number for information
- web site address (URL) and email address(es)
- open days and times
- contact person
If you send an image attached to an email, chances are better I'll use it, but I don't use many. I am picky. I go for pretty, unusual, work by students, stuff I like.
Updating The Gallery/Art Space Information Page is not at the top of my list of things to do, and galleries are not always added in a timely manner. I usually add new ones when I get calendar information from them, and I think my readers will want to know more about that gallery.
DallasArtsRevue's Postal Address
Send invitations, flyers, PR (I sometimes scan printed images for illustrations on the calendar page), postcard invitations, brochures or publicity notices to:
914 Grandview Av
Dallas TX 75223
Make checks payable to J R Compton, not anything else
Do not send slides.
Remember that the name of this website is DallasArtsRevue.
All one word, and that last part is not r e v i e w.
Do not send me E-vites!
If you are inviting me personally, send me an email. Make it clear you are inviting me personally and not wanting to get listed on the calendar.
The Feedback page
If you send feedback, be sure to notify me if you do not want it published.
I assume everything is for sharing.
If you sign your name, I'll use it.
If you sign it “anonymous,” so will I.
DARts loves feedback — positive or negative, good, bad or ugly, and we especially love to print the really vicious ones, although we don't publish everything.
Your opinion is more important than who sent it.
See this year's DARts Feedback page for examples.
If you send negative feedback, don't get mad at me for publishing your letter — word for word.
The privacy of emails is not protected by law like those sent via the U.S. Mail. Many people can read your "private" emails, which is why it is a bad idea to send personal information or passwords.
If you're pleasant, I'll correct your grammar and spelling errors. If you're a creep, I'll point out your errors with a [sic] at every opportunity. Spell check.
Includes listings of calls for entry, job possibilities, art competitions, etc.
Full information about submitting those are on the top of the Artists Opportunities page itself.
The Schools + Classes page
The DARts Schools & Classes page lists public and private schools and teachers. It's a resource list, not updated often enough to list specific classes and dates. But we will list schools and all kinds of contact data for regularly-scheduled classes.
And we're happy to list private teachers, including the types of classes they teach.
We recommend everyone include geographic addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and a web site (that way, you can update specific class lists, and we don't have to).
Check out the page and see how others are listed, and check out the rules for all other submissions, before you send stuff.
Give meaningful names to images
Image 001 (from Gerald Peters)
This lovely image came to me as Image 001 — no indication of who the artist was, what gallery or whatever it came from or why. I only found that out much later, then I was surprised. GP used to be Dallas' best gallery till they insisted upon moving down onto Dragon Street with some of Dallas' best galleries and many of Dallas' worst, where they bought a crappy building with none of the charm, elegance or space of their previous building in Upper Oak Lawn. Then nobody bought art at that crappy space, and GP Dallas went bust.. Name images by artist or gallery name.
The format for identifying images
is as follows and never varies, except when I can't get all the information:
Richard Ray Cycling at White Rock Lake, 2007 oil on canvas 24 x 30 inches
Artist Name Title year-date medium size in inches
Captions are always typed in this sequence:
Artist Name Title year-date medium size in inches
SIZE is always expressed as height x width x depth in inches or feet. We always spell out inches or feet.
There are three blank spaces between each type of information in captions, but they usually don't translate from emails, so don't bother. Putting those spaces in gives me a chance to proofread your text.
No inch " marks, ever
If you are a DallasArtsRevue member, I will link your name to your member page almost every time I see it. If you are not a member, you should join.
I know I've railed against attachments for years. Now that I can finally quickly and easily download them, I appreciate them and might even use yours.
Do not send words inside an image JPEG.
Send them as .jpg or .jpeg documents. I hate PDFs.
Postcards, Brochures, Etc.
Images printed with ink on paper from a printing press (postcards, brochures or magazines) are great.
Images printed on your cheap computer printer are probably not good enough.
Send me a copy of your original image file, even if you haven't 'adjusted' it.
See specifications below.
I'm much more likely to use color images.
Do not send slides. They're expensive; I don't deal well with them, and I lose them.
File size should be at least one megabyte. A couple megs would be fabulous. Smaller than that won't give me the quality I need. Unless you very obviously know what you are doing, I will adjust your digital images. I'm good at it, and I want images on DallasArtsRevue to be the best they possibly can.
Make the name meaningful — use your name and/or the title of the piece or the show or whatever you're promoting.
Tell me who sent it or name it by the event itself.
If you know who photographed it, please include their name, so I can credit it to them.
When I'm finished with your original, I delete it. I don't need to store it.
If you know what you're doing and you want to digitally scan a slide: Full image 35mm slides should be scanned at 800 pixels per inch, use JPEG format for continuous tone images or photographs, and GIF only for images comprising solid colors. PSD (uncompressed Photoshop document) format is appreciated when files are burned on CDs or DVDs.
Do not send PSD files as attachments to emails. It won't work.
Avoid using GIF format for tonal images.
TIF(F)s are a nuisance, but I can use them; I just don't like to.
BMPs are useless.
Don't send GIFs or JPEGs of text.
Send text in the text of an email, not as attachments.
I read every email I get except obvious spam. Sometimes I even read those, but Macintosh's Mail client has a spectacular spam deleter.
Don't send me PDFs (Adobe's Portable Document Format). It just wastes space and makes your images difficult to deal with.
Artists With Web Pages and other DARts pages list and link websites.
Your site or page may be listed on Artists with Web Pages by sending us your name, city address and URL.
Submit URLs (web addresses) in the full, http://www.your-address.com format
Tell me what city you live in.
If your site or page does not load or major portions of it do not load or load painfully slowly, or
There's no images of your work on the top level, I'll either complain, won't list it, or browse till I find where your art actually is, then use that URL instead.
If your link on DallasArtsRevue needs updating, tell me on what page your link is.
Don't just say your link is on my site. I have several sites, and there's almost 700 pages on this one.
Tell me exactly where your site is listed on which DARts page. I don't memorize every page.
Handing me an invitation or flyer at an opening or a party is a particularly ineffective way of getting your event listed. I lose or forget those things almost immediately.
When DARts errs, tell me.
I love to get — and publish — intelligent feedback. And I'd prefer to present accurate information. But tell me the exact URL of the page with the error. With more than six hundred web pages here, it is impossible to remember every mention.
We don't mind if you use a pen name or submit stuff anonymously, as long as you sign your message, so I know who wrote it.
We encourage pseudonyms for shy people and those who do not have the intentional fortitude to stand up with their own opinions.
If you send me an angry letter, then get shy and want it retracted, I won't.
We won't type the word gallery a million times on the Calendar page, so assume it's there. If your gallery name is long and involved, it will be shortened after or before the first mention.
If we misspell a name or get "the facts" wrong, or make any other errors, please tell us immediately.
If you can't find someone or some thing using the fast Google Search This Site utility, it probably isn't here.
My personal prejudice is toward 3-D art and anything from Dallas over everything else from anywhere other. But I have a lot of paintings, and I think I'm beginning to understand that medium.
I've been a photographer since 1964, so I can pretty easily get my mind around those.
Other DARts writers have significantly different prejudices, which is why I keep them around.
THIS IS ART; THIS IS NOT ART by Gerald Burns
I do not give assignments. I let writers decide what they want to write about. I usually do not find out what that is until they submit their stories, although they sometimes tell me.
I probably should say I usually don't give assignments. If you need an assignment, I'll come up with something once I've seen and liked your writing style.
DallasArtsRevue does accept unsolicited manuscripts. If they're good, we even publish them.
There are no deadlines. If you're writing about a show, it's nice if our readers have time to check out the art for themselves, but that's not always possible.
Send a sample
My best advice to anyone who wants to start writing for DallasArtsRevue is to find a single piece of art by a local artist that the writer likes or is inspired by, then write about it. It probably should be a recent work of art.
Describe it, so we can 'see' it even without the inevitable photograph. Tell us what's interesting about it, not why it's bad, although negatives should be explored. Let your descriptions speak your opinions, instead of just saying this or that is bad or good. The cartoon above is a joke.
If you write about one, single, recent piece of art, and the editor likes it, we can publish it, pay you, and get on with you writing more — about more than one piece or a show or a specific artist, or whatever.
DARts stories tend to involve personal interaction rather than being academic discourses. We have no use for what is often called "objectivity." There is no such thing as objectivity. DARts writers are subjective.
I have remarkably unpopular indexes of both my writings. about objectivity and my periodic periods of art ennui.
I want DARts to be positive and educational, not full of diatribe. And I prefer writers who can express themselves clearly and directly. I want to enjoy reading stories. I want writers to have opinions, but I want those opinions to be backed up by what else they say.
If you don't know what you're talking about, I'll know. I've been writing about art since 1964.
Dallas is the first word in DallasArtsRevue. Unless an outside artist is showing here in something peculiarly Dallas, I'm not interested.
Dallas Dallas Dallas.
DallasArtsRevue is about Dallas art and Dallas artists and Dallas institutions.
If you are angry about something, do something that calms you down, figure out why you're angry, then write me something later.
Don't write about ART, write about art.
Write so anybody can tell what you're saying, even those of us without advanced degrees in art.
Keep your writing real. If you don't know what you are talking about, don't talk about it.
First-time DARts writers should email me via the link on the Contact us page to tell me what they plan to write about before they write about it.
Before you start writing for DallasArtsRevue, send me a sample of your writing about art.
since November 5, 2005