People Issue

Artist Sally Glass Has Embraced a Second Life as Magazine Publisher, and Dallas' Art Lovers are Better Off for It

In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 30 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Stanton Stephens. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here.

Sally Glass loves meeting new people, being exposed to new things. So it isn't surprising that she likes to collaborate on projects. What is surprising, at least until you get to know her, is that she took those impulses and did something that these days is downright daring: She started a magazine.

Like, the print kind.

It's an anachronistic move in a world where everything, art included, is disappearing into the binary, biting ether of the Internet. But the appeal of semigloss. Magazine is its collectiblility. Glass, who's 28, is a photographer, sculptor and installation artist, an MFA candidate at the University of Texas at Dallas and a resident at its CentralTrak Gallery. She's quiet and careful with her words, but she's also excitable and focused, especially about art, and about wanting to make something that would permanently and physically document art in her hometown.

It started after a Kickstarter campaign for a photography project. Glass used only half the funds, so in the spirit of the crowd-source funding site she started looking for a worthwhile way to use the rest.

It started small. In the first issue there was an interview with Terri Thornton, who curated an exhibition at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts; a sort of montage with a tasting menu and architectural diagrams of Greek columns; an essay and photos examining how art interacts with display space (the photos are almost all of white rooms showing the different display layouts for paintings and sculptures); and, of course, a pickle recipe.

They printed 215 issues and sold them for $10 each. It promptly sold out, as did the second issue, just enough to cover the cost of printing it. The third issue comes out soon.

Glass hopes to print 500 or 1,000 for future issues, and envisions paid contributors and an online arm for criticism and an event listings. But first comes Issue 3: It's themed "failure," which is appropriate for most print publications nowadays. But so far the response to her venture has been overwhelmingly positive, Glass says while acknowledging that more issues will mean more scrutiny.

"I try to roll with whatever things are and adapt and change," she says. "I much prefer people to be critical than bored. That's the scary thing -- if people stop caring altogether."

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