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How to Write an Article on an Art or Interpretive Exhibit

An article on an exhibit provides basic factual information in narrative form. Length of article will vary considerably based on the importance, impact and consequence of the exhibit on the Mennonite community and on those outside the denomination. Thus an exhibit with a limited audience or impact may be described in 100 words, while a significant exhibit that travels, is viewed by a wide audience and has lasting impact or controversy may approach 1,000 words. Brevity is best. For questions on style contact an editor or see GAMEO's Style Sheet for Authors.

Elements to be Considered

1. Standard description of the exhibition, which includes:

  • Title & Theme
  • Creator (s), primary sponsor (s), commissioning body
  • Curator (the one who selects what is displayed)

2. Purpose or goal(s) of exhibit
3. History of the creation of the exhibit
4. Content of the exhibit (form and material) (examples: painting, drawing, sculpture, craft)
5. Nature of exhibit (ex. Art exhibitions may focus on one artist, one group, one genre, one theme or one collection; or may be organized by curators, selected by juries, or show any artwork submitted.) (temporary, permanent or traveling exhibit)
6. Date (s) (examples: first scheduled opening and closing dates, subsequent dates of exhibit)
7. Location (museum, gallery, exhibit hall; single venue, multiple venues, subsequent venues)
8. Exhibit catalogue or brochure (writer, editor and designer)
9. Anabaptist/Mennonite focus
10. Critical reception
11. Final resting place or archival location if applicable
12. Publications associated with the exhibit

Structure of the Article

Not all of the elements are required for the article but they should be considered. Of primary importance is the impact description and this should take special note of connections related to Anabaptism or Mennonites, their Christian faith, culture or lifestyle.