Hail and Farewell!

To Our Readers, Our Friends:

When Julie Henson and Seth Curcio invited me to write for Daily Serving in 2009, I never imagined that one day this international community of artists and writers would be entrusted to my care. Over the last seven years—first as an occasional contributor, then columnist, then managing editor, and finally as editor in chief—I have been incredibly fortunate to be a part of Daily Serving’s growth and development. Now I am eager to concentrate on my own artistic and writing practices, and thus am stepping down from my current role.

Our writers, editors, and admins—too many to name here—deserve my unending thanks for helping to shape a publication that amplifies regional creative practices. Daily Serving’s exhibition reviews bring attention to art production in both well-known and underserved regions; our open-submission Fan Mail column highlights emerging artists; Help Desk is a guide to the often convoluted workings of the arts; Shotgun Reviews allow anyone, anywhere in the world, to publish an exhibition review—no pedigree required; and #Hashtags (soon to be a book) focuses on the work of artists from traditionally underrepresented communities. Additionally, our new Arts Publishing Residency, the first iteration of which is just wrapping up, provides one more way to welcome new voices to publishing. Through these programs, we support a broad community of arts workers.

We have a lot to be proud of, and it would be remiss of me to fail to mention in particular the way in which our current team has shaped Daily Serving to reflect progressive values and concerns of equity and representation. We track the articles that we publish, and between September 6, 2016, and June 2, 2017, we published 192 original articles; 62% of our features presented artwork by, or highlighted the voices of, diverse arts workers and people of color. We value the contributions of diverse perspectives and recognize our role in actively responding to the dynamic arts community by creating space.

Since May 2013, when Patricia Maloney purchased Daily Serving to be a sister site to Art Practical, we on the administrative team have discussed amalgamating the two sites in order to eliminate redundancies. Over the last four and a half years, Kara Q. Smith, the editor in chief of Art Practical, and I have experimented with the location, timing, and format of the articles that appear on the two sites, each year tweaking the arrangement to see what suits our audiences best. This tinkering only strengthened our resolve to combine the best of both publications into one, and beginning in October, Daily Serving’s columns and West Coast reviews will be published on Art Practical (the current site will remain as an archive). Our stalwart editors and copyeditor will also transition to Art Practical; and in order to give this combined publication a new vision, Daily Serving’s current senior editor, Vivian Sming, will become the new editor in chief. I have enormous confidence in Vivian’s leadership abilities. She will bring innovation and a fresh perspective to this enterprise, while maintaining Daily Serving’s vision for an equitable and accessible art world.

I’m reminded of the words of author Susie Hinton—she of The Outsiders fame—who said, “How a piece ends is very important to me. […] I love to write ending lines; usually, I know them first and write toward them.” None of us involved in the nearly eleven-year history of Daily Serving knew how or when it would end—we only knew we were working toward a sum that was greater than its parts. Now that we have created a successful model, it’s time for a fresh challenge. I hope you will join me in being part of Art Practical’s readership this October, when Vivian and the Daily Serving/Art Practical team unveil the next iteration of trustworthy and brave critical arts discourse.

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