Slow Art Day 2023 – Checklist and Podcast

We are excited that the 14th Slow Art Day is mere hours away.

*187* museums and galleries all over the world on every continent (except Antarctica) are officially participating this year. And many *more* are running events that we don’t know about.

— And this just in: lovely podcast interview by Claire Bown with Slow Art Day founder Phyl Terry —

A big heartfelt thanks to all the educators, curators, gallerists, and others who are making Slow Art Day happen.

You know the impact it can have on world to help more people learn to slow down and immerse themselves in art.

You are leading an important movement – one that brings many benefits including spreading the ancient simple joy of connecting deeply with art.

We applaud you.

And here’s a quick checklist for tomorrow.

Checklist (for Hosts)

1. Fun
Of course – have fun. Enjoy the day and all the hard work you’ve put into your unique Slow Art Day event. We can’t wait to learn about the design of your day and write it up in our Annual Report so others can take inspiration from you.

2. Photos
Take photos and tag #SlowArtDay2023 on Insta and Facebook (and send them to us separately for your report).

3. Artifacts
Save any fliers, prompts, instructions, brochures (and send them to us so we can include them in our write-up of your event – so others can benefit from your designs)

Have a GOOD and Slow Art Day 2023.


Ashley, Jessica Jane, Johanna, Maggie, Phyl, and Robin

P.S. If you want to *attend* a Slow Art Day, then:

1. Check the 2023 Venue list
187 museums and galleries have officially registered with us. See if one is near you. And go slow down and look. It will change your life.

2. Or, go to *any* museum, gallery, sculpture park
Run your own slow looking session, using our – playfully named – “slow looking algorithm.”

Slow Art Day podcast with special guest Christian Adame

Listen to the Slow Art Day live podcast recorded Tuesday, September 12, 2017 with Slow Art Day hosts around the world and our special guest Christian Adame, longtime Slow Art Day host and Assistant Education Director at the Phoenix Art Museum. Christian designed and piloted the Slow Art & Mindfulness Summer Series at the Phoenix Art Museum this summer.
He talked us about this pilot program and what they learned and answered questions from listeners.

You can download the podcast or listen to it below.

Inaugural podcast with Prof. Arden Reed

Listen to the inaugural Slow Art Day live podcast recorded Tuesday, June 13, 2017 with Slow Art Day hosts around the world and our special guest Professor Arden Reed discussing his forthcoming book, Slow Art: The Experience of Looking, Sacred Images to James Turrell.
You can download the podcast or listen to it below.

View Dr. Reed’s slides simultaneously while listening to the podcast by downloading his powerpoint here.

About Professor Reed
Professor Arden Reed is the Arthur and Fanny Dole Professor of English at Pomona College. Recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Clark Art Institute, he writes on the visual arts and literature, including Manet, Flaubert and the Emergence of Modernism and the prize-winning Romantic Weather: the Climates of Coleridge and Baudelaire.

He was one of Jacques Derrida’s first American graduate students. Trained in comparative literature, Reed authored a prize-winning study of Coleridge and Baudelaire (mentioned above). His career as a scholar of literature was interrupted in 1984, when he experienced a conversion. An encounter with Max Beckmann’s triptych The Actors at the Fogg Museum pivoted Reed’s field of study to the visual arts. His Manet book mentioned above has been translated into French and Spanish.

His forthcoming book 
Professor Reed’s latest book Slow Art: The Experience of Looking, Sacred Images to James Turrell (University of California Press, to be published late June 2017) is about attending to visual images in a culture of distraction, specifically extending the six to 10 seconds that Americans, on average, spend looking at individual works on museums walls and why that matters.

The research and writing of his latest book was supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, and residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation Study Center at Bellagio, the Clark Art Institute, and the American Academy in Rome. Reed has given presentations on slow art, among other venues, at the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, King’s College Cambridge University, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and the École normale supérieure in Paris.

Buy and read his book
Professor Reed’s newest book is a foundational book for the slow art movement and we highly recommend that all Slow Art Day hosts read it.

Listeners to the podcast can receive a 30% discount to the book if they order from the University of California press. To get the discount, order online via Just enter code 16V6526 at checkout.