Art & Words Show

About the Art & Words Show / Submissions
This year’s Art & Words Show will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Show starts at 6:30 PM. Reading at 7:30 PM.
This year’s submissions will be open one week prior to and one week following the typical submission dates, as I will be attending two conferences in part to promote the show and would like to give attendees the chance to submit. This year, we’re also welcoming guest editor Jenn Aglio.

The annual Art & Words show takes place every Fall around September. Submissions for art and written work are open from March 1st to March 30th of every year. You do not have to be located in Texas or able to attend to show in order to submit, though preference is given to local visual artists. We accept unpublished or previously published work. Written works submitted will not be published online or in print, only displayed and read aloud at the show, so submitting to this project should not harm your chances of publishing the work elsewhere.

Each visual artist should send up to three .jpgs of visual work. Each writer should submit up to three .rtfs or .docs of written work (up to 800 words for each work of fiction, poetry, or nonfiction accepted, all genres from the realistic to the fantastic) in standard manuscript format. Please send a bio or cover letter with your submission mentioning any publications, degrees, or memberships in critique groups/writers’ or artists’ organizations. In a show like this, where the second work will be created specifically for the show, it’s important that I have a good idea of the general quality of your work in addition to the quality of the story/poem/essay/visual art work submitted. Therefore, submitters who submit three pieces or can demonstrate their overall ability through publications will have a better chance at being selected. (Previously unpublished writers who send three pieces have an equal chance of being accepted as published writers.)

When you are ready to submit, visit

Musician and composer Peter Brewer reads a poem at the Art & Words show reading.

Musician and composer Peter Brewer reads a poem at the Art & Words show reading.

What is the Art & Words show?

In 2012 I curated the first Art & Words collaborative show; 2016 will be the fifth annual Art & Words Show. For these shows, I accept ten-twelve visual pieces of art and ten-twelve written pieces (poetry, flash fiction, and flash nonfiction). Each writer whose work I chose then picks, from the visual submissions, one piece of visual art on to use as inspiration to compose a new written work. Each visual artist then chooses one of the written pieces to use as inspiration for a second visual work. This silent collaboration produces about forty-four incredible, original works of art and words, which are displayed at Art on the Boulevard in Fort Worth, Texas, for one week. An opening reception is held the first night of the show.


Patrons view art and read displayed written works at Art on the Boulevard’s first Art & Words Show.

At the show’s opening, I host the reading of the written pieces, and a live jazz band performs (in the first and third years, the band performed compositions based on poems and stories as well as original compositions by musicians Jake Dester and Peter Brewer).

Band plays jazz standards plus original compositions by Peter Brewer and Jake Dester.

Band plays jazz standards plus original compositions by Peter Brewer and Jake Dester.

For a few examples of visual art that was on display last year, please check out the Art on the Boulevard website.


Art & Words is not a publication, and unfortunately I am unable to offer payment for the display of works both visual and written. For written works, the work submitted will not be published either online or in print; I do not acquire any rights to work, except the one time right to display a single broadside of the story/poem/essay for the week of the show. The intent of Art & Words is to encourage collaboration and inspiration; thus, participation should be considered more an inspirational tool. You may absolutely submit work used in the show to other venues either before, during, or after the show.

You do have the option of allowing us to include your work in a PDF of the show which is sent out only to the creative participants in Art & Words (as many of the participants are from out of state and are unable to attend, the PDF allows them to experience the show in which their work was displayed). This is entirely optional.

Visual art work included in Art & Words is treated much the same as at a regular gallery; you have the option of allowing us permission to include the art work in promotional materials and on the Art on the Boulevard website, and of selling the work. Due to practical concerns, we limit the number of non-local visual artists accepted; artists will be expected to arrange for drop-off and pick-up of their work at Art on the Boulevard. Art on the Boulevard’s commission on visual art sold is 30%.

16 thoughts on “Art & Words Show

  1. This is such a great idea. Just curious is this something you came up with or is it done in other cities/towns? I would be interested in doing this in my own city(N.O.)(if its not already being done).
    With your blessing/evolvement… Of course. Thanks for all the info and inspiration.

    • Hi, Steven,

      I came up with the idea for this particular show, though a woman in Florida puts together a similar event every year, and I’ve heard of other galleries that have explored similar concepts. Certainly feel free to start your own in your city. If you have any questions, feel free to email me. Otherwise, I have no ownership of the idea and wish you the best of luck. Thank you!

    • They can be unpublished or published. Since I’m not technically publishing the works, it does not matter if they have been previously published or not. If you want to make sure I note their prior publication on the broadsides, please make sure you tell me where it has been published before.

    • Yes, but please keep in mind shipping costs to ship the piece to Texas if not in the area. For larger, more expensive items, the artist will be responsible for both shipping to the gallery and back to you after the show, should the piece not sell.

    • If I know for certain that the piece will not be a good fit, I will respond within seven days.

      Otherwise, I like to hold submissions until the end of the month, so I can consider them all among the others. The people I hold for further condiersation will hear back about the 7th of April.


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