St. Sebastian Cures the Plague Stricken, fresco, c. 14901500, St. Sébastien chapel, Lanslevillard, France (photo: Véronique Plesch).

Invitation and Theme for Summer 2020: Art in a Time of Pandemic and Quarantine

We have decided to put off the summer theme we had chosen, to address instead the crisis that is affecting us all. We assume that no descriptive prompts are needed. The Maine Arts Journal will serve as an archive of artists’ responses to this historic situation.
Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Triumph of Death, oil on panel, 46 x 63.8 in., 1562, Museo del Prado, Madrid.

Submission guidelines for Maine Arts Journal on Art in a Time of Pandemic and Quarantine

Deadline: June 1st, 2020

  • We invite all artists and all UMVA members current and future (not a member? JOIN by clicking here. We hope you join us!) to submit up to 4 JPEG or png images (NO TIFF files), approximately 2800 pixels in width, resolution 72dpi.
  • Include an image list and (optional) brief statement in Word doc. format, NOT a PDF.
  • Label each image file as follows: your last name_Number of Image_Title (with no spaces in the title). Please DO NOT put whole caption/credit in image file label, see image list/caption format below (if you are submitting for a group put your own last name in first).
  • Label your document file names: Last Name_Title
  • Image list/caption format: create a list that is numbered to match the number in your image file label that includes the following: Artist’s Name, Title of Work, medium, size (example: 9 x 12 in.), date (optional), photo credit (example: photo: Ansel Adams) if not included we assume it is courtesy of the artist. Example: Unknown Artist, Untitled, oil on canvas, 9 x 12 in., 2000 (photo: Ansel Adams).
  • Please wait until all of your material is compiled to submit.

Put “Pandemic” in the subject line and submit by email to by the June 1st deadline. 

We are no longer able to accommodate artists’ pre-formatted visual essays. Our editors will lay-out text and images submitted using the new guidelines above.

It is the MAJ’s policy to request and then publish image credits. We will not publish images the submitter does not have the right to publish. However, it is to be assumed that any uncredited or unlabeled images are the author’s/submitter’s own images. By submitting to the MAJ, you are acknowledging respect for these policies.

Thank you,

MAJ Editorial Board

Natasha Mayers, Nora Tryon, Véronique Plesch, Kathy Weinberg, and Betsy Sholl (poetry editor)


Natasha Mayers, Virus Attacking Cells, photocollage, 2008.

Jeffrey Ackerman, Moonlight Mugging, oil on panel 14 x 14 in, 2020