… nor is it valid
to discriminate against "business documents and
school-books": all these phenomena are important. One must make a distinction
however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry. …

-- Marianne Moore (1887-1972)


 Allison Myers
 Chelsea Weathers
DESIGNJosh Conrad
 Meagan Smith
 Camden Lenore Torres
 C.C. Marsh
 Noah Simblist
 Ariel Evans
 Allison Myers
 Chelsea Weathers
 Josh Conrad

Send questions and comments to info@pastelegram.org


Pastelegram’s title comes from a list of possible car names by the poet Marianne Moore. The auto that Ford later christened the “Edsel” might have been called “Bullet Cloisoné,” “Varsity Stroke,” “Utopian Turtletop,” “Thunder Crester” or “Pastelogram” (among other possibilities). As the name for an art magazine, it intentionally withholds meaning: there is a story but it is one that you must find in the archive of someone else. 

Essentially, Pastelegram is a method for examining contemporary visual work, a method that involves looking at the varied sources that affected the work’s ultimate creation. It is reading around a work by looking at its archive rather than reading an authority’s interpretation about the work.

We publish a print annual and an array of internet projects. Through our experimental and innovative format, we encourage serious engagements with living artists and art writers from diverse audiences. Pastelegram’s focus is artists’ archives, which we explore through commissioning new works from living art workers (for either print or online publication) as well as maintaining several online collections of artistic working materials, such as sketches, architectural renderings and book collections. 

Pastelegram is a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization based in Austin, Texas.


This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/CulturalArts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin's future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.



This project is funded and supported in part by the
Foundation for Contemporary Arts.



Pastelegram welcomes unsolicited writings from artists, curators, historians and writers for our online ​projects​ and print issues. If you’d like to submit, please consult our submission guidelines below and make sure to read ​our​ ​offerings.

If you’re interested in submitting a project for one of our online or print issues, please write us with an abstract of your idea, a CV (so we can get a feel for your other projects), a tentative bibliography of the sources you’d like to include in the issue, as well as scans or links to images you’re considering. Also feel free to email us with any questions or concerns.​​

IMPORTANT: Most of th​e​ time, we​ cannot yet pay contributors (or ourselves). It’s unfortunate and we are working to change that. ​When we can pay, we do and will offer what we can. ​ We ​also ​do not pay kill fees.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE: We do not accept submissions from agents or publicists.