… 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)



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 visual communities, a method that involves looking at the relationships between artworks and the ideas and materials that informed them. It is reading around a work by setting it in relation to an archive.

We publish a print annual, various internet projects as well as produce events and exhibitions. 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 arts organization based in Austin, Texas.

We make every effort to contact copyright holders for reproduction rights and abide by their desires. We follow fair use guidelines and are happy to address any concerns or complaints regarding our reproduction of images. Please contact our editors regarding issues of this nature.

Send questions and comments to info@pastelegram.org


EDITORS Allison Myers
  Chelsea Weathers
  Ariel Evans (founder emerita)
  C.C. Marsh
  Noah Simblist
  Ariel Evans
  Allison Myers
  Chelsea Weathers
  Josh Conrad
  Anjali Gupta
  S. E. Smith
  Ann Reynolds
  Laura A. L. Wellen


Magazine design by Jeff Blocksidge
Website design by Josh Conrad
Pastelegram logo by Kevin Munoz

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
SMU Meadows School of the Arts