Hi! Managing Editor Jenn Shapland here. As we close out 2018, I’m reflecting on my first five months working with The Magazine’s fantastic writers and contributors. When I started in June, Lauren and I made all sorts of plans, and it’s a joy to watch them develop into realities: more coverage of performance art, dance, film, and architecture; expanding our reach beyond Santa Fe; moving into a new space on West Alameda that will soon host events and exhibitions; sharing our work with the community in person through monthly issue launches. But the most satisfying part of working at The, for me, is watching the ideas of our writers take shape each month and shepherding them to print.
My favorites in this issue include Rachel Prinz’s feature on appreciating Santa Fe–style architecture through all five senses; Alicia Inez Guzmán’s Studio Visit with Daniel McCoy, who has strong opinions on the aesthetics of Allsup’s; Lauren Tresp’s Field Report on Denver (which pairs well with Shane Tolbert’s review of Tara Donovan’s show at the MCA Denver); and Chelsea Weathers’s National Spotlight on the Memorial to Peace and Justice in Montgomery, AL. And don’t miss Maggie Grimason’s review of 207, quilts that commemorate school shootings, at Sanitary Tortilla Factory. I could keep going!
This issue also marks the tenth installment of my Santa Fe Women column, which began in February 2018. While it ended up focusing on women all over New Mexico, the series changed the way I understand New Mexico’s history and my own place in it. In 2019, I’ll continue the column with interviews and profiles of living New Mexico women from all fields. If you have a suggestion for a woman you’d like to see profiled, send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Finally, opportunities abound at The these days. I’m looking for a few new writers to contribute in 2019. We pay our writers, so send me your pitches for reviews and features ASAP (southwestcontemporary.com/pitches). We’re also hiring full-time and part-time sales reps in Santa Fe. View the details online: southwestcontemporary.com/job-openings. And artists, don’t forget to submit to our inaugural Artists’ Issue to be considered for a two-page spread on your work in the February-March 2019 issue (due December 10; southwestcontemporary.com/call-for-artists).
Enjoy the new issue, and all best wishes for the new year!
Jenn Shapland, managing editor
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