The Chart is an online journal for art criticism by artists, writers, and cultural producers. The journal features interviews and studio visits, exhibition reviews, essays on art practice and process, portfolios, and features on artist-run spaces, projects, and initiatives. Based in Maine and looking outward, we hope to connect Maine’s artists to each other and to national and international artistic contexts.
The Chart was founded by visual artist Jenna Crowder and entrepreneurial artist Ashleigh Burskey with the intent to serve as a living archive of Maine’s contemporary art history. While contributors write and document Maine art and artists, placing the work and history in contexts that are unique to Maine, we also investigate work from national and global communities with the intent to make visible the vast network of thoughts, themes, and ideas that artists are grappling with, regardless of geography or market.
The Chart collaborated with Wing Club Press and twxx.us to publish the first year of The Chart as a print anthology. The Chart: 2015–2016 is a limited edition book that contains most of our content from August 2015 through August 2016, a special Artist, Venue, & Resource Directory for 2016, and custom illustrations by twxx.us. Each book (140 pages) is locally printed and perfect bound. The navy and fluorescent orange silkscreen cover was designed and printed by Wing Club Press. Each book comes with a two-sided poster with illustrations by twxx.us on one side and a gallery of color plates from work featured in the anthology on the other. (You can order a copy here.)
The Chart is a member of Common Field, a visual arts organizing network connecting contemporary, experimental, noncommercial artist-run and artist centered spaces and initiatives. The Chart is also a member of the Maine Writer’s and Publisher’s Alliance.
The first volume of The Chart (2015–16) was supported by generous grant funding from The Kindling Fund and the Maine Arts Commission.