Culture and Change.

For me, the story's the thing. Yes, I love keeping up on the meta aspects of the online world: the ever-changing array of tools in the digital journalist's toolbox, new platforms for online publishing and content sharing, new thinking about the way ideas travel in a networked age. But it all takes a back seat to great stories. And the ones I most want to tell involve the ways that culture and change intersect. Activism that cuts through, engaged art, outside-the-box design, under-exposed voices, innovative projects that nudge us to see the world differently—that's the stuff for me. I've brought this thinking to much of my professional work, as editor of the Walker Art Center's award-winning homepage and blogs, as a former political news editor, as an independent blogger and freelance journalist, and as a sometimes artist.

Want to work together? I'm eager to hear about opportunities to collaborate, freelance projects, or your latest big idea. Let's get in touch!

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Photo: With Coco Fusco (as Dr. Zira from Planet of the Apes); photo by Gene Pittman, Walker Art Center

Photo: With Coco Fusco (as Dr. Zira from Planet of the Apes); photo by Gene Pittman, Walker Art Center



"The Walker's new site is helmed by Paul Schmelzer, who has long run the excellent Eyeteeth blog. If anyone can figure out how to turn The Walker's website into an art mag frontend for the museum's collection, Schmelzer can." 

—Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic, Dec. 5, 2011

"Schmelzer is an award-winning journalist who has worked at both the local and national levels. In part because of Schmelzer, no American art museum is more prepared to produce journalism than is the Walker."

—Tyler Green, Modern Art Notes, Dec. 5, 2011


More mentions

"What is the role of the digital-age arts critic? Superscript conference hopes for answers," Chris Ip, Columbia Journalism Review, May 19, 2015

"Artists insist on puncturing the bubble," Modern Art NotesOctober 23, 2012

"The museum website as newspaper: An interview with Walker Art Center," Seb Chan, Fresh & New, December 2, 2011

"The Walker’s new website is an earthshaking game-changer," Museum Nerd, December 2, 2011

"Can art still play a subversive role in society?" Steve Winn, SFGate, March 29, 2006