Monday, May 2, 2011

élan Magazine

I just found out about a magazine that showcases Northern Virginia artists. I plan to sen them a press kit, and hope they will feature me in an upcoming issue.

Artists’ guidelines for magazine

Submission of Portfolio
Any individual active in the fine arts or performing arts and who also lives, works, exhibits or performs in the Northern Virginia area is encouraged to send a press kit, portfolio or web site information to Art Director Jean Davis at 1144F Walker Road, Great Falls, VA 22066. Please note that submission of a portfolio does not guarantee that an article will be published in élan. You will be advised of our decision in a timely manner. An artist who is approved for a profile will be contacted by a writer who will schedule an interview.

At least a month prior to date of publication, the artist should provide high resolution digital images of artwork or performances. If this is not possible, we will need high-quality photos, slides, or transparencies. (Artwork on websites is generally of insufficient resolution.) In addition, we will need a candid or formal head shot of the artist. If none is provided, the writer may take a photo at the time of the interview or the artist may come in to the élan office to be photographed. Artwork and photos may be delivered or mailed to the office, delivered to the writer during the interview, e-mailed to Art Director Jean Davis, or uploaded to our ftp site. Please e-mail Jean to get FTP instructions.

Format of Photos
We prefer digital images, but will accept a variety of formats in either color or black-and-white: good quality prints, slides, or transparencies. (NOTE: digital images should be 300 dpi in resolution, in either jpeg or tiff format, and approximately 7 in. wide or larger.) Each image should include an identifying caption. For artwork, include the full title, medium (e.g., acrylic on wood or multimedia) and size of the original piece. For abstract images, the artist should clearly identify the correct orientation.

Return of Photos to Artist
The artist is responsible for retrieving all materials submitted for use in the article. If an artist includes a self-addressed stamped envelope with photos, slides, disks, etc., the materials will be returned following publication of the article. The artist may also make arrangements to pick up materials from the élan office.

Upon acceptance for publication, the artist should complete the interactive pdf questionnaire and release form in order to provide contact information and a brief artist’s statement of approximately 50 words. The form requires a signature granting élan permission to publish the resulting article as well as the artist’s photo and artwork.

Copies of Published Articles
élan magazine will provide six free copies of élan for the artist upon publication of the profile. The artist may purchase additional copies at $3 each. Copies must be picked up at the Great Falls office during business hours or by arrangement.

Inclusion on Our Website
During the month of publication, your article will be posted under Current Issue on our website. If you would like information about selling your art commission-free on our new website,, please contact Mike Gallagher at or 703-757-7522 ext. 4#.

For further information, contact Art Director Jean Davis at or 703-757-7522 ext. 2#.

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