Guest Editors

Since the launch of our first themed issue in October 2013, the Art21 Magazine has frequently invited a guest editor to bring a diverse array of perspectives to the ideas and artists investigated for each theme. Each guest editor has the opportunity to write for the issue, as well as commission writers to contribute articles they feel will add value and substance.

In the fall of 2014, the Art21 Magazine joined forces with CUE Art Foundation to develop a joint fellowship for emerging writers. Together, the guest editor and the Art21/CUE Writer-in-Residence make each of our issues an extensive, collaborative exploration into how each theme is integrated and applied in contemporary visual art.


  • Laura Mott is the Curator of Contemporary Art and Design at the Cranbrook Art Museum. Taylor Aldridge is the Assistant Curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the founder of ARTS.BLACK, a journal of art criticism from Black perspectives.

    • May / June 2017 Issue: “Rust”                    
       Read their Letter from the Editor

  • Lewis Wallace is an independent writer, editor and multimedia journalist. He previously worked for public radio’s Marketplace, and as an economics reporter and managing editor at WYSO Public Radio. He covers the environment, the economy, poverty, science, race and gender, focusing on the voices of people who are geographically, economically and politically marginalized.

    • March / April 2017 Issue: “Balance”                    
       Read his Letter from the Editor

  • Favianna Rodriguez is a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer. Her art and collaborative projects deal with migration, global politics, economic injustice, patriarchy, and interdependence. When Favianna is not making art, she is directing CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights. In 2009, she co-founded, a national online organizing network dedicated to the political empowerment of Latino communities.

    • January / February 2017 Issue: “Momentum”                    
       Read her Letter from the Editor

  • Lee Plested is a curator based in Vancouver, BC, and Bellingham, WA. Plested is currently the director of Griffin Art Projects, in North Vancouver, a private foundation that hosts exhibitions from private collections. He is also the adjunct curator for Western Gallery at Western Washington University, Bellingham.

    • November / December 2016 Issue: “Place Part II”                    
       Read his Letter from the Editor

  • Chris Sharp is a writer and curator based in Mexico City. He’s also the co-founder of Lulu, an independent project space.

    • September / October 2016 Issue: “Place Part I”                    
       Read his Letter from the Editor

  • Ben McCoy is a writer, performer, actress, visual artist and professional witch-for-hire. She has read you and your tarot cards. She is author and star of the How a Lady YouTube series, and has performed for Marga Gomez’s Performerama at Oasis. In 2016 she was listed by SF Weekly as one of the top 15 female writers in San Francisco, as well as one of the top 15 performance artists. She is originally from Kentucky and is a descendant of the infamous Hatfield – McCoy feud. She is a quadruple Scorpio. Follow her on Instagram @theladymccoy.

    • July / August 2016 Issue: “Exposed”                    
       Read her Letter from the Editor

  • Jorge Daniel Veneciano is a curator and the former executive director of El Museo del Barrio.

    • May / June 2016 Issue: “Illusion”                    
       Read his Letter from the Editor

  • Willa Köerner is an internet-preoccupied writer, artist, digital strategist, and all-around arts-interested human. An expat of the museum world, she’s now working as Kickstarter’s Director of Curation & Engagement.

    • March / April 2016 Issue: “Renewal”                    
       Read her Letter from the Editor

  • Chen Tamir is Curator at the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv and a Curatorial Associate at Artis.

    • January / February 2016 Issue: “Movement”  
       Read her Letter from the Editor

  • Lindsey Davis is Art21’s Digital Content Editor, and the managing editor of Art21 Magazine.

    • November / December 2015 Issue: “Revolution Part II”  
       Read her Letter from the Editor

  • Jacquelyn Gleisner is a visual artist, writer, and adjunct professor at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Framingham State University.

    • July / August 2015 Issue: “Sincerity”  
       Read her Letter from the Editor

  • Alicia Eler is a writer, art critic, and culture journalist who covers art, culture and technology for Hyperallergic and Artsy among others. She also writes op-eds and personal narrative essays for The Guardian.

    • May / June 2015 Issue: “Family”  
       Read her Letter from the Editor
    • September / October 2015 Issue: “Happiness”  
       Read her Letter from the Editor

  • Clarinda Mac Low is an interdisciplinary artist. She also runs Culture Push, an arts organization dedicated to cross-sector exchange.

    • March / April 2015 Issue: “Ruin”                         
       Read her Letter from the Editor

  • Rachel G. Craft is a writer and editor based in San Francisco, CA. She’s been a contributor to the Art21 Magazine since 2009.

    • June — August 2014 Issue: “Future”                     
       Read her Letter from the Editor

  • Jonathan Munar is the Director of Digital Media and Strategy at Art21, overseeing the organization’s overall digital, web, and social media presences.

    • February / March 2014 Issue: “Translation”                    
       Read his Letter from the Editor

  • Nicole J. Caruth has been a regular contributor to Art21 Magazine since 2008, and served as its managing editor from 2013-2015. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications, including ARTnews and Public Art Review.

    • October / November 2013 Issue: “Becoming an Artist”  
       Read her Letter from the Editor
    • December 2013 / January 2014 Issue: “Failure”  
       Read her Letter from the Editor