ArtAscent’s mission and service to other creatives

ArtAscent’s main function is to provide artists and writers an opportunity to have their work presented in a juried, high-quality art magazine.

How it started.

As artists and writers ourselves, we enjoy recognition as part of our creative journeys. But we found that getting recognition in mainstream, big-brand-sponsored publications and galleries was difficult, if not nearly impossible. We saw the need for a more accessible venue through which more artists and writers could gain recognition. And so, we created ArtAscent – an unsnobby venue that does not focus on credentials, connections and previously attained recognition, but rather on the art and on the word when depicting a specific theme.

We are artists and writers who want to help other creatives shine. This is our creative work. It’s a grassroots creative project that takes countless hours of design, writing, marketing, business administration and other talents. ArtAscent is neither a big brand, nor a charity; it does not receive government or charity grants or global brand advertising commissions. It’s a LOT of work, but helping artists and writers shine puts smiles on our faces, and the positive feedback we regularly receive makes it all worth it. (Read a few feedback highlights at the bottom of this page.)

Why the fees?

You can’t and shouldn’t work for free, and neither can nor should we. We are not a charity, and we are not backed by big money. ArtAscent offers a creative service (design, writing, layout, publication, social marketing) for a fee, as does any logistically sound business. As an example and for a variety of reasons, some submissions do not make it to publication, and any time spent evaluating them and providing feedback cannot be recovered by the publication team. Requiring a reasonable submission fee helps ensure that only serious submissions reach our eager desks. This fee-driven exclusivity also enhances credibility with readers and other artists as the juried selection process is taken very seriously – and the results continue to feed our content-rich publications. One look in one edition reveals a strong attention to detail and a deep passion to produce a cohesive theme – only the best works that best exemplify the issue’s theme with diversity make the cut. Period.

ArtAscent works to provide new ways to help artists and writers shine – within reasonable logistical constraints. For example, anyone who has ever applied in the past two years may also apply – for free – to the Studio Spotlight call, Artist Interview call and Artist Techniques call. These magazine spreads feature artists and writers in professional spreads. To read some of these features, browse our past issues.

If an artist or writer decides that this service can advance and inspire his or her creative journey, he or she can choose to apply. Otherwise, he or she can choose to focus on other self-promotion methods and creative goals. Whatever the path chosen, may it be filled with creativity and growth!

If you know someone who would like to sponsor ArtAscent and help offset application fees, please tell them about our crowdfunding effort. It’s a newer idea that we hope might help in our mission.

Why only publish some of the applicants and not all of them?

ArtAscent doesn’t necessarily publish every applicant. A jurying process is used to ensure a cohesive, interesting, varied, and surprising exhibition in print and online. Jurying is a respected and well-established process in the art world that encourages creative growth and provides recognition. It can be said that there are three key areas that can motivate an artist to create: artistic excellence, financial stability and recognition. Our juried magazine addresses the latter: recognition. Read an industry expert’s report on this (not affiliated with ArtAscent).

What does this service provide to selected artists and writers?

The main service is to have creative work presented in a juried, high-quality art magazine – of which all selected applicants benefit. Another service provided is the writing of artist profiles. The work of the top four selected applicants are analyzed, reviewed and reported in an artist profile written by our industry specialist writers. The reviews have triggered letters of appreciation by past applicants (which we love to receive!). To read feedback, browse the bottom of this page.

Other useful secondary services include publication of the applicants website URL; showcasing for at least two years on the ArtAscent website online exhibition; listing by name online for at least two years on the ArtAscent website artist/writer listing directory; and promotion on Facebook, Twitter, and (NEW!) Pinterest.


P.M. Writer Using ArtAscent to Market His Writing for Years to Come

ArtAscent is a profound exhibition of international art and literature.…

ArtAscent Used by Writer Marian Kaplun Shapiro in an Art Discussion

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Artist Giovanni Armenio Says ArtAscent Publication Is An Important Career Milestone

Upon completing my artwork titled "Everlasting," I felt satisfaction…
Jim Baab, ArtAscent Gold Artist of the Hidden call for artists

Artist Jim Baab Identifies Gold Artist Recognition as Timely Affirmation

The publication of my work, artist profile feature, and Gold…
Artist Michael Rand includes ArtAscent magazine in his marketing materials

Artist Mike Rand Includes ArtAscent Magazine in His Marketing Package

Regardless if artists like it or not, marketing not only…

Writer S.B. Borgersen's Success Story and ArtAscent's Involvement

"It really feels like an ascent. Still climbing, the clouds almost…


"I recently received my copy of the Patterns issue and I felt very honored to be included. The quality of the publication layout is excellent and the work presented - both written and visual - is outstanding. It gave me inspiration to raise the bar on my own work and to do more professional promotion.”

“I have great affection for publishing ventures that attempt something new, something suited to our times.”


"Thank you for all the support you guys have provided over the last couple years. I truly appreciate all the hard work that goes into putting these artworks together. You were the first publication to give me a chance to share my voice and I will never forget that. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”


"ArtAscent is a profound exhibition of international art and literature. ArtAscent’s welcoming of the abstract, obscure and atypical could not be more organized and comforting. Far too often, creativity is stifled by unimaginative editors or conventional beliefs. ArtAscent is holding true to the values of artists by allowing their creativity to be exposed uninhibited internationally."

“I’m thrilled to be included in your Hidden issue. It’s quite an honour to have my images among such strong and interesting work. Thanks for your support of artists!”


"Wow, talk about service! I am thrilled that my collage piece "Brancusi's Atelier" is part of such a stunningly beautiful magazine. I'm ordering my copy now, and I'm recommending ArtAscent to other fine writers."


"Just received my paper issue of ArtAscent Red - definitely glad to be part of it. The art, writing, printing, and layout are superb! The artist submission requirements allowed for me to project a written in depth analysis of my drawings."

"ArtAscent has provided a unique opportunity to be presented with international visual artists while respectfully sharing interest with literary artists. This has been a unique rich experience. ArtAscent has validated my art and encouraged people to offer me opportunities for visually expressing my ideas with a wider range of people."

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"Thank you ArtAscent for providing us artists (and writers) a platform to not only showcase our work, but to also indirectly engage in creative dialogue by having our works curated around a thoughtful theme."

Singapore    Website   

"You were kind enough to award me the Gold Writer position in your 13th issue, Unknown. I just wanted to say how much I appreciate the honor. I was particularly touched by the wonderful introduction to my work. I felt you truly understood what I was doing and that is so gratifying! This accomplishment is truly an encouragement 'go for the gold' with my writing! Thank you!"


"ArtAscent is stimulating, the images stunning and the written work varied and interesting. I am delighted to have had a poem of mine published in the Blue issue.“


"Thank you for choosing my work for the Pet's exhibit! What a fantastic organization you are to provide the wonderful opportunity for artists to exhibit online, in print and then to archive the work for future collectors to see! I'm honored to be in the exhibit and I'm looking forward to seeing all the artwork."


“I would like to thank everyone who is behind ArtAscent for providing the opportunity to present my work, grow in confidence, dig deeper into my imagination and explore ways to better express myself. You have published my works in a previous issue titled “Hidden.” That motivated me to go through another long hours-session with my work and I am sure other artists and writers have felt the same positive inspiration.“


"Thank you for presenting us artists with such an awesome opportunity and exposure that gives us a chance to succeed and actually earn a living doing what we love. This is truly huge and I cannot thank you guys enough."

U.S.    Website   

"I applied to your call under a very FUNNY threat of physical violence by one of my friends. She told me I had to submit my "Long Live The Queen" to your call or she would smack me with one of my own signs. She is a HUGE fan of ArtAscent. And also... I am no fan of being whacked with a sign."

U.S.    Website   

"On reading the artist profile article written about my art I felt an immediate sense of connection with the ArtAscent art critic. I feel the words beautifully articulate my art and its place in the world. I can't express how much this review means to me. I will treasure it always."

Australia    Website   

"I have to thank ArtAscent for its wonderful support of writers. And for acknowledging writing as an art form - not all quarters do. After being awarded Gold Artist recognition for writing in the 'Figures' issue, I finally feel able to say 'writer' instead of my day job when people ask me what I do. And to launch my writer's website. Thank you, ArtAscent, for providing me with that confidence!"

Canada    Website   

"ArtAscent affords all artists the opportunity to expose a lifetimes’ preparation. An opportunity to expose oneself, along with ones’ work. An opportunity to realise ones’ dreams. Success. I’ve used every opportunity to uncover the preparations that have painted my vision. It took time for me to find opportunities that I was prepared for. Each day until I found them, I continued to prepare. To be me. ArtAscent bridges the gap between artists and their road to exposure; the road to yourself."

London, United Kingdom