Full Bleed is a journal of art and design published annually by the Maryland Institute College of Art. We publish work that inspires, critiques, and informs the work of contemporary artists and designers. In opposition to the many forces that demean and divide humanity, we stand for the civilizing influences of aesthetic experience and progressive design.
Because our world is syncretic, characterized by intercultural exchange, flux, and strife, the pages of our journal will be eclectic. They will be welcoming of many points of view and formal approaches, open to controversy, and responsive to shifting cultural conditions. In each issue, we hope to chronicle the diverse ways that artists, writers, and designers are participating in this tumultuous historical moment.
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Published annually by the Maryland Institute College of Art, Full Bleed is committed to cultivating aesthetic experience and progressive design while furthering understanding of contemporary conditions. We favor criticism that emanates personality, experiments with form, and casts an aesthetic spell of its own. We encourage contrarian argument on fundamental questions of value and ambitious critical essays on cultural phenomena that are of active concern to living artists and designers.
In addition to feature-length essays of up to 7500 words, Full Bleed publishes shorter, recurring columns of approximately 1000 to 2000 words. These include "Close Looks", in which writers offer in-depth critiques of individual artworks; "Design Futures", in which designers propose new ideas relevant to contemporary challenges facing their disciplines; "Studio Visits", in which a writer offers a brief but detailed profile of a notable artist or designer; and "Cities", which examines urban conditions, innovations, and tendencies. We would also welcome shorter essays on work life, unusual studio and gallery spaces, transformational encounters with works of art, notable new books, and archival discoveries.
To be considered for issue 3 (theme to be announced in summer 2018), please send previously unpublished work along with a brief biography to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2019.