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Art Institute Review


The Art Institute Review is dedicated to innovative object-centered scholarship.

Linked to the Art Institute of Chicago’s dynamic research program, this peer-reviewed journal spurs collaborative, interdisciplinary dialogue and embraces art’s radical potential to help us understand culture, history, and our current moment. It is published twice a year, in fall and spring. Each themed issue contains five to six articles and may also feature dialogues, interviews, reflections, and creative contributions. The inaugural issue launches in Fall 2021.

The journal is dedicated to supporting the Art Institute of Chicago’s values of equity and inclusion. As such, it seeks to provide a platform for new stories and voices, including topics and scholars historically underrepresented in publishing in art history and related fields. The journal adheres to best practices for digital accessibility.

Call for proposals

The call for proposals for the Fall 2021 issue has closed.

What we’re looking for

A successful submission will

  • present original research and/or ideas that imaginatively engage new topics and perspectives
  • enrich and complicate the issue’s theme
  • relate to current concerns in the world at large
  • engage with objects in a meaningful way, whether at the micro or macro level
  • be written in a manner accessible to smart and curious but nonspecialist readers
  • articulate its relevance to thinkers and makers outside its discipline and specialty
  • adopt a definite point of view on its material, even if that view embraces ambiguity and complexity

While not required, we welcome submissions that

  • explore historically underrepresented fields of inquiry
  • are collaboratively produced and/or co-authored
  • make use of the platform, investigating what it means to publish digitally
  • utilize case studies drawn from or relevant to the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection and current projects

Our born-digital journal offers various interactive tools. In addition to conventional static images, contributors have at their disposal

  • zoomable, layered, and annotated images
  • 360-degree views
  • videos
  • interactive maps

For examples of these tools in action, explore the contents of the Art Institute of Chicago’s digital scholarly catalogues, especially “Methods behind the Magic: The Techniques of Ivan Albright” and Paris Street; Rainy Day.”

We invite contributors to submit proposals that require new tools. Be sure to include any notes relating to the use of existing or potential digital tools in your proposal.

How we assess proposals

The issue coeditors and the Art Institute Review internal team will assess the suitability of proposals and respond within approximately two weeks of the deadline. Those whose proposals have been accepted will have two-and-a-half months to submit the complete manuscript. The coeditors and the internal team may provide questions or feedback to guide the development of the manuscript.

Upon receipt of the full manuscript, the coeditors and the internal team will assess how well it fulfills its intended aims (as spelled out in the proposal), engages pressing issues in its field, and relates to the issue theme, among other considerations. Approved submissions will advance to peer review.

Our approach to peer review

The Art Institute Review is committed to realizing the potential not only of the content it publishes but also of those who create that content. Scholarly essay contributions are subject, by default, to double-blind peer review. If an author wishes, their contribution can instead be developed through an open-review model. Both aim to be collegial, constructive, and generative processes that maximize quality of product while upholding equity in its development. The ethics and details of both models will be spelled out in our peer-review ethics statement.


For the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 issues, there will be a $1,000 honorarium for contributions from non-Art Institute of Chicago staff.

A note on translation

The Art Institute Review welcomes proposals from scholars working in other languages. The proposal must be in English, but if it is accepted, the author may write in their preferred language, and the journal will oversee the translation.


Jill Bugajski, Executive Director, Academic Engagement and Research

Lauren Makholm, Associate Director of Production and Manager of Digital Initiatives, Publishing

Lisa Meyerowitz, Editorial Director, Publishing

Joseph Mohan, Director of Production, Publishing

Greg Nosan, Executive Director of Publishing, Publishing

Amy R. Peltz, Editor, Publishing


Francesca Casadio, Grainger Executive Director of Conservation and Science, Art Institute of Chicago

Delia Cosentino, Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture, De Paul University

Hendrik Folkerts, Dittmer Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago

Pablo Garcia, Associate Professor, Contemporary Practices, and Director of the Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Tempestt Hazel, Curator, writer, artist advocate, and director of Sixty Inches from Center

Lucy Ives, novelist, and faculty member, XE: Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement, New York University

Paul Jaskot, Professor of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, Duke University, and Director, Wired! Lab for Digital Art History and Visual Culture

Annelise K. Madsen, Gilda and Henry Buchbinder Associate Curator, Arts of the Americas, Art Institute of Chicago

Aisha Motlani, Lecturer, Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Tina Shah, Senior Developer, Experience Design, Art Institute of Chicago

Ginia Sweeney, Assistant Director of Interpretation, Learning and Public Engagement, Art Institute of Chicago

Leslie Wilson, Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts, Smart Museum of Art, and Assistant Professor, Art History, Purchase College, SUNY


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