Inspired by connections to places and people, the magazine focuses on pathways between contemporary art and place in myriad forms. We aim to highlight global practices that examine experiences and identity as it relates to our landscapes, the environment, and spaces we inhabit.

The magazine was originally co-founded in 2020 by curator and writer Kate Mothes and artist Vickie Vainionpää as a semi-annual print and online publication celebrating ideas and practices that “fit nicely” alongside contemporary art. The first iteration of the project produced two print magazines in addition to online articles and special features on The Niche. Due to shifting professional goals and pandemic-related changes, Dovetail went on hiatus in early 2021.

In the summer of 2022, Mothes relaunched Dovetail with a renewed focus on contemporary art as it specifically relates to place. A generous grant from Arts Midwest, as part of the inaugural Creative Midwest Media Cohort, prompted new commissions and the return of a print publication, scheduled for release in late summer/early autumn of 2024.

Commissions and the publication as a whole is committed to being ad-free and independent, and relies on donations, proceeds from the bookshop, and paid subscribers to Dovetail’s sibling platform, Young Space Digest. Follow updates on Instagram and Facebook.




Megan Adams

Amber Eve Anderson

Jessica Cannon

Alix-Rose Cowie

Claire Dalgleish

Ian Etter

Adriana Furlong

Caitlin Lorraine Johnson

Rachel Hausmann Schall

Franziska Lamprecht

Jasmine Ledesma

Ali Rossi

Tea Sirbiladze

Fanni Somogyi

David Surman

Megan V.

Hannah Yang


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