Write about your work

For many artists, writing about their work is not the most pleasant of propositions.

But there is help.

Browse the sites below or give us a call to find resource partners in your area who can help you polish your resume or prepare your press release.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Bio
Artist's Statement
Press releases

Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Art resumes are different from job resumes. They are more focused on highlighting your art experiences and performances than your work history. And unlike artist’s statements, and perhaps more comforting, resumes (or curriculum vitae) come with semi-established rules.

College Art Association
CAA recommends conventions for the artist resume and curriculum vitae. This site includes guidelines for resumes/CVs, slide labeling, and new media works.

Maine Arts Commission
This site reinforces the basic ingredients and offers suggestions on how to build out the resume for visual, performing, literary, and media artists.

Artists Foundation
This site adds sample artist resumes to the discussion.

Bio

In addition to a resume, craft a bio—a short press-ready narrative about who you are, your art, and your experiences that you can send off to the press, for catalogs, for performance programs, etc. You’ll want a short and straightforward one- to two-liner, a short paragraph, and a full bio of two to three paragraphs.

Artist’s Statement

Artist’s statements can address an individual work or cover your overarching practice. And they are essential. You’ll need these for grant applications, exhibitions, proposals, press pushes, your Web site, and promotional materials.

Unfortunately, there isn’t any one magic formula for the perfect artist’s statement. The list of sites below gives advice on the what, how, and why of artist’s statements. Sample the suggestions to see which approach best suits your personality and needs.

Press Releases

Share your news—performances, exhibitions, grant award, etc., with the press. Give them a reason to tell your story.