About me

On the new Walker Art Center website:

"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

"By styling their Web site as a dynamic blog and news resource rather than a stale well of information about ongoing exhibits, the Walker Art Center quickly rocketed to the top of the Internet charts," Kyle Chayka, who ranks walkerart.org as the number-one museum website, ArtInfo.com, May, 18, 2012

In Best of the Web competition, walkerart.org wins Most Innovative and Best Overall at Museums and the Web, April 2012

walkerart.org nominated for the 16th Annual Webby Awards, April 2012

Recent interviews on the site: METRO magazine, the StaticMade podcast

On Eyeteeth:

An "intelligent arts and culture blog with a strong left-leaning political agenda."
—Writers Guild of America "September 2009 Hotlist"

Ranked among the top ten blogs in Minnesota, Newsbobber.com's "Top 100 Minnesota Blogs," Sept. 2009

“Eyeteeth's 'Bits' may be the best links feature in the blogosphere. For reals.”
—Modern Art Notes' Tyler Green via Twitter

Must-read: A wonderful post.”
—C-Monster (Carolina Miranda) on the Art21 post “Transcending protest: Looking for pragmatic or poetic art of change”

“An intelligent, wildly eclectic site that encompasses art, pop culture, happenings, media, and a little light politics.
—” MPLS.ST.PAUL magazine, January 2008

Unfailingly interesting and eclectic.”
—Worldchanging, May 3, 2006

Quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle article, "Can art still play a subversive role in society?" March 29, 2006

“I've been collecting all the marvellous little spores he leaves behind on various sites around the interweb."
—Fimoculous' Rex Sorgatz, "Best Blogs of 2006 that You (Maybe) Aren't Reading

On @iteeth:

"Indespensible journalist, art nut @iteeth."
—Tyler Green, Modern Art Notes, Apr. 2011

One of two “local art-happy Twitterers worth your time,” Ranking at #36 in Metro Magazine's "Metro 100," Oct. 2009

On Signifier, Signed:

The Best Homegrown Blogs,” Metro Magazine, Jan. 2008

The Best Links 2005” list, Kottke.org, Dec. 28, 2005

Journalistic prizes:

Paul is the first online journalist in Minnesota history to win a Society of Professional Journalists Page One Award (2006) and the first to win a Frank Premack Award Public Affairs Journalism Award from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism (2007). He's won multiple SPJ Awards, including firsts for best video and best online news story.