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art movements/periods/styles
Consult Merriam-Webster’s to determine whether an art movement/period/style should be capitalized. Some examples include:

  • abstract impressionism
  • appropriation art movement
  • Aristotelian
  • art deco
  • art nouveau
  • Beaux-Arts
  • baroque
  • camp
  • classical, classicism
  • conceptualism
  • cubism
  • Dada
  • deconstructionism
  • Doric
  • existentialism
  • fauvism
  • formalism
  • Gothic/gothic—capitalize when referring to medieval architecture and art, lowercase when referring to literature with desolate settings or themes or the modern fashion or music trends.
  • Gregorian
  • Hellenism
  • Hudson River school
  • humanism
  • idealism
  • impressionism
  • mannerism
  • minimalism
  • modernism
  • neoclassical, neoclassicism
  • Neoplatonism
  • New Criticism
  • nominalism
  • op art
  • outsider art
  • philosophe
  • Platonism
  • pop art
  • postimpressionism
  • postmodernism
  • Pre-Raphaelite
  • primitivism
  • realism
  • rococo
  • Romanesque
  • Romantic/romantic—capitalize when referring to the 19th-century movement, lowercase when using in the sense of “adventurous/imaginary/mysterious.”
  • structuralism

Use "art-making," instead of "art making" or "artmaking."

artwork captions
SVA style is to caption artworks as follows:

       Name of artist, Title of Work [italicized and, unless specified otherwise by the artist, capitalized], year, media, dimensions.

Artwork dimensions are presented as HxW or, when appropriate, HxWxD: height (i.e., vertical) by width (i.e., horizontal) by depth.

Avoid using smart (curved or slanted) quotes when indicating feet (') and/or inches ('').

In certain cases, media and dimensions may be omitted.

If a work is untitled, capitalize but do not italicize the word: Untitled.

Capitalize “AutoCAD.”

black and white/black-and-white
Hyphenate this term only when it precedes a noun (e.g., “black-and-white film” vs. “the film was in black and white”).

Use “C-print” instead of “chromogenic color print.”

Capitalize “Cibachrome.”

With the exception of “email,” all Internet-related terms with an “e-” prefix should be hyphenated (e.g., “e-commerce,” “e-vite”).

Do not capitalize “email.”

Use the word “exhibition” for displays of student, faculty or other artists’ work, rather than “exhibit” or “show.”

filmgoer, filmmaker, filmmaking
Not “film-goer,” “film-maker,” “film-making.”

gelatin silver print
Not “silver gelatin print.”

Not “hand-made.”

“Internet” is capitalized.

File formats should be written in all capitals.

Not “on-line.”

pen and ink/pen-and-ink
Hyphenate this term only when it precedes a noun (e.g., “pen-and-ink drawing” vs. “the drawing was done with pen and ink”).

“Podcast” is one word.

Not “print-making.”

screen print, screen printing
“Screen print” is not hyphenated.

stop-motion animation
“Stop-motion” is hyphenated.

Use “three-dimensional” or “3D,” but not “3-D.”

Not “url.”

Do not capitalize “web.”

web addresses
Do not include “http://” when writing out web addresses. Unless a website will not load without it, also avoid using “www.”

When possible, keep web addresses confined to one line of text. If the address is too long and needs to carry over to a second line, place the line break at a slash or period:

                For more information, visit


When placing a line break at a period in a web address, move the period to the second line, to avoid confusion:

                For more information, visit sva


webcast, webcasting
Not “web-cast,” “web-casting.”

Not “web-site.”

World Wide Web
The phrase “World Wide Web” is capitalized.

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