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Resume Artist's Statement Bio
Resume
Resume 
• Try to keep it to 2 or 3 pages; maximum 5 
(a resume is not a CV) 
• Keep it succinct and focused only on art/ 
design related activities. 
• Customize multiple resume versions for 
each kind of activity for which you apply. 
You might have a version for exhibitions, 
residencies, employment, commissions…
Resume 
Avoid gimmicks, borders and "fancy" fonts. 
Use a clean sans serif font 10 pts or larger.
Resume 
Clarity trumps design and novelty
Resume 
Clarity trumps design and novelty
Resume 
• Lead with education/credentials 
• Typically do NOT include "strengths", 
"professional attributes" or "skills" for 
exhibition or residency resumes. For 
employment resumes include any skills at 
the end that are not evident or strongly 
implied by the other listings. 
• Next list arts related employment and/or 
Gallery Representation
Resume 
• Next list exhibitions. If you have a lot and a 
great variety, break them down by type, 
otherwise simply list them all together in 
reverse chronological order. 
1. Solo Exhibitions 
2. Two Person and Small Group Exhibitions (<5) 
3. Large Group Exhibitions 
4. Juried Exhibitions
Resume 
1. List exhibitions with enough info so that readers 
have a sense of their significance. Providing 
somewhat more info is better than less. Do not 
over inflate your accomplishments or mislead by 
omission. 
2. Include the names of jurors/curators where 
available and their title. For juried exhibitions list 
the number of entries and the number accepted.
Resume 
Examples: 
Solo Exhibitions 
2013 Siren’s Song, Malone Art Gallery, Troy University, Troy, AL. 
(full gallery installation) 
2012 Subimago, Overbrook Art Gallery, Muskegon Community 
College, Muskegon, MI. (10) 
Juried Exhibitions 
2011 Toledo Area Artists 93rd Annual Exhibition, Toledo Museum of 
Art, Toledo, OH. Jurors: Amy Gillman, Head Curator of 
Contemporary Art, The Toledo Museum of Art, and Brian 
Kennedy Director, The Toledo Museum of Art. 757 entries, 
8% accepted. (1)
Resume 
• Next list works in permanent collections, 
professional commissions and consultancies 
including murals and outdoor sculpture. 
• Only include listings that add to your professional 
standing. Give enough information to convey the 
significance of the activity. This might include the 
remuneration, size/scale of the project or the 
importance of the commissioner/organization 
(Typically these are paid. A good gut check is if 
you feel you the need to misrepresent through 
inflation or omission do not include.)
Resume 
• Next list residencies, workshops, artist talks and 
other invited, selective, activities such as requests 
to jury or demonstrations. This can include 
participation in selective art fairs. 
• If you have a lot of activities break them into 
categories, otherwise put them under one listing.
Resume 
• Next list publications that have included you or 
your work. Only list catalogs, articles and books 
that mention you or your work by name or include 
a photo of your work. Include URLs for online 
publications. Do not include personal sites or un-curated 
online galleries (such as Deviantart). 
• Collins, Kianna, “Stimulating Exhibit”, Tropolitan News, Troy, AL, 
Vol. 87, Is. 2, p.5, Aug. 22, 2013. Includes photo. 
• Vo, Ngoc, “Siren’s Song Ends with Inspirational Reception”, 
Tropilitan News, Troy, AL, Vol. 87, Is. 8, Sept. 26, 2013.
Resume 
• Finally list awards, grants and other substantial 
forms or recognition that do not fit into the other 
categories. Make sure to include enough 
information to make the significance clear.
Resume Summary 
Your Name 
Adress 
Phone 
Email/ website 
• Education/ credentials 
• Arts Related Employment/ Gallery Representation 
• Exhibitions 
1. Solo Exhibitions 
2. Two Person and Small Group Exhibitions 
3. Large Group Exhibitions 
4. Juried Exhibitions 
• Permanent collections/ commissions/ consultancies 
• Residencies/ workshops/ artist talks 
• Publications 
• Awards, grants and other recognition.
Artist's Statement
Artist Statements 
Purpose/ Function 
self analysis 
personal “mission statement” 
marketing 
propaganda
Artist Statements 
Purpose/ Function 
self analysis 
personal “mission statement” 
marketing 
propaganda 
introduction
Form 
Artist Statements 
Length 
Narrative arc 
Focus
Artist Statements 
Style: Consider your audience(s) 
Discursive approach 
Rhetoric 
Specificity/generality 
Over-reach/hyperbole
Artist Statements
Artist Statements
Artist Statements
Purpose 
Writing an artist’s statement is difficult 
because if the work is any good, it is 
very often complex—operating on many 
formal and conceptual levels. 
A successful statement in most cases 
cannot accommodate all these levels, 
so it must condense, prioritize, and 
often ignore some of them. Do not think 
of the statement as “capturing” or 
“defining” the work. You are not trying 
to explain the work away. Think of it 
as a roadmap that helps viewers 
orient themselves to your work and 
concerns.
Purpose 
An artist statement should serve as an 
introduction to your work and concerns 
Avoid TLI and TMI
Purpose 
An artist statement should serve as an 
introduction to your work and concerns 
Avoid TLI and TMI
Purpose 
An artist statement is not: 
a justification: If you feel like you need to justify the work then you 
should probably be making different or better work. 
an artist bio: Include personal history only as it directly relates the 
work. 
a résumé: This is not the place to talk about any awards that the 
work may have won, or shows it was in. Usually it’s bad form to 
quote from reviews. It’s always bad form to quote yourself. 
a catalog raisonne or a work chronology: “First I did this, then I 
did that, then I did the other… It’s ok to talk about process or how 
one work leads into another but you need to talk about how or why 
one thing led to another.
Preparation 
Before you attempt to write the 
statement, take some time to write out 
answers to the following questions. 
YOU ARE NOT WRITING THE 
STATEMENT YET! Just get your 
answers down on paper. Do not over 
think it or worry about grammar. 
Really dig. Do not let yourself off the 
hook with superficial answers. 
Spending some time answering these 
questions will pay off in an artist 
statement that is more informative and 
compelling, and it will make writing the 
statement MUCH easier:
Preparation 
Why do you do what you do? 
Why, of all the things that one could 
choose to do and be in the world 
would anyone, let alone you, want 
to be an artist?
Preparation 
Why the materials and processes 
you use? Why paint and not 
prints? Why clay? What’s the 
attraction? Why wheel rather than 
hand built, or additive instead of 
subtractive? DIG! “…because I like 
it” (it feels right, I enjoy it, because 
I hate…, I was drawn to) does not 
answer anything. WHY? Is the 
question you need to answer.
Preparation 
Who or what are the most 
important influences and 
experiences that have shaped 
your life and your work?
Preparation 
What does the work look like? 
Take a representative piece and 
describe it as if you were talking to 
the blind or to your mother on the 
telephone. Use descriptive 
adjectives and dynamic verbs. Do 
not overlook the obvious.
Preparation 
What ties most of the work 
together? What identifies your 
work as yours and not hers? Look 
over a long span. Are there formal 
or conceptual threads that many of 
artworks seem to be revisiting over 
and over again?
Writing 
Use the “sap to syrup” method. 
It takes over 40 gallons of sap to 
make 1 gallon of syrup. Write 2 to 
5 pages. Boil that down to a page 
and a half. Then edit that to a 
page. Edit the page to a 
paragraph. This works especially 
well because you really need 3 
artist statements:
Writing 
Three Statements 
1. The “academic” version. 500-1500 words. 
Good for applying to academic positions, for catalogues or brief 
presentations. 
2. The “gallery” version. 200-500 words. 
Good for catalogues, applying for shows, wall statements 
3. The “press” version. 25-100 words. 
Good for fliers, press listings, promotional material, exhibition 
listings. Often combined with a distillation of the artist’s bio to form 
the “blurb”.
Writing 
• Don’t write “I think”, I believe”, or 
“I feel”. You are writing it! It’s a 
given. Avoid over-equivocation. 
•Try to avoid over use of “I”, “my”, 
“me”, “mine.” Use instead “These” 
and “The”. Over use of personal 
pronouns makes you sound like a 
spoiled three-year-old.
Writing 
Avoid too many comparisons to 
well known artists. You will usually 
lose in the comparison. 
Always distinguish how your work 
or concerns are different from 
theirs, as well as any similarities.
Writing 
Avoid pseudo adjectives: 
interesting, beautiful, distinctive, 
exciting, personal, unique, 
pleasing, harmonious etc. 
Also avoid redundant modifiers 
that just pad the sentence. 
Examples: painful toothache, 
sharp needle, weighty concrete, 
colorful paint, etc. 
Here’s the test: Does the modifier 
clarify the image?
Writing 
Limit yourself to using the 
word “juxtaposition” only 
once in the statement. 
Better still, try not to use it.
The Takeaway 
If you haven’t learned anything 
new about your work in the 
process of writing an artist 
statement then you are not 
digging deep enough. You need 
to be more perceptive, critical, 
descriptive and self-reflective.
The Takeaway 
An artist statement should 
serve simply as an 
engaging introduction to 
your work and concerns.
The Takeaway 
Share your mania. 
Focus on what motivates you to 
make the work that you do. 
Make your interest, investment 
and excitement infectious.
Bio
• Bio- a brief profile that includes a summary 
of an artist's background and professional 
achievements. Typically written in the 3rd 
person. 
• Blurb- a brief profile that combines the artist's 
bio with elements of the artist's statement 
to produce a profile of the artist and their 
professional concerns.
Bio Form 
<Full Name> is a <type of artist> originally from from 
<city, state> who <one sentence description of artistic 
activities> . <Last name> <authentication background 
to include education and/or other training/transforming 
life experiences> and has been included in <2-4 
important exhibitions or achievements>. <Last Name> 
currently lives in <city, state> where they <one or two 
sentence description of current occupation, pertinent 
activites or life situation> <If there is a big achivement 
or professional change on the horizon, end with that >.
Bio Example 
Daniel Freemarket is a painter originally from from Pottsdam, 
Nebraska who specializes in bird portraiture. Freemarket was 
abandoned as an infant and was raised by a flock of starlings until 
age seven when he was discovered and subsequently adopted by 
a family of migrant workers. These early experiences have fueled 
his lifelong interest in ornithology and identity politics, both of which 
figure largely in his work. Freemaket's delicate and disturbing 
paintings have been included in the last two Whitney Biennials and 
graced the covers of National Geographic and SQUWALK 
Magazines. Freemarket currently lives in Slome, Norway where he 
teaches painting at the Arkenstuck Institute and serves on 
Norway's Stronen Commission for habitat preservation. The first 
major monograph of his work will be published in Spring 2016 by 
Aneuthstussen Press.
Blurb Example

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Tma writing resume, bio & artist statements

  • 1. Intro Resume Artist's Statement Bio
  • 3. Resume • Try to keep it to 2 or 3 pages; maximum 5 (a resume is not a CV) • Keep it succinct and focused only on art/ design related activities. • Customize multiple resume versions for each kind of activity for which you apply. You might have a version for exhibitions, residencies, employment, commissions…
  • 4. Resume Avoid gimmicks, borders and "fancy" fonts. Use a clean sans serif font 10 pts or larger.
  • 5. Resume Clarity trumps design and novelty
  • 6. Resume Clarity trumps design and novelty
  • 7. Resume • Lead with education/credentials • Typically do NOT include "strengths", "professional attributes" or "skills" for exhibition or residency resumes. For employment resumes include any skills at the end that are not evident or strongly implied by the other listings. • Next list arts related employment and/or Gallery Representation
  • 8. Resume • Next list exhibitions. If you have a lot and a great variety, break them down by type, otherwise simply list them all together in reverse chronological order. 1. Solo Exhibitions 2. Two Person and Small Group Exhibitions (<5) 3. Large Group Exhibitions 4. Juried Exhibitions
  • 9. Resume 1. List exhibitions with enough info so that readers have a sense of their significance. Providing somewhat more info is better than less. Do not over inflate your accomplishments or mislead by omission. 2. Include the names of jurors/curators where available and their title. For juried exhibitions list the number of entries and the number accepted.
  • 10. Resume Examples: Solo Exhibitions 2013 Siren’s Song, Malone Art Gallery, Troy University, Troy, AL. (full gallery installation) 2012 Subimago, Overbrook Art Gallery, Muskegon Community College, Muskegon, MI. (10) Juried Exhibitions 2011 Toledo Area Artists 93rd Annual Exhibition, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH. Jurors: Amy Gillman, Head Curator of Contemporary Art, The Toledo Museum of Art, and Brian Kennedy Director, The Toledo Museum of Art. 757 entries, 8% accepted. (1)
  • 11. Resume • Next list works in permanent collections, professional commissions and consultancies including murals and outdoor sculpture. • Only include listings that add to your professional standing. Give enough information to convey the significance of the activity. This might include the remuneration, size/scale of the project or the importance of the commissioner/organization (Typically these are paid. A good gut check is if you feel you the need to misrepresent through inflation or omission do not include.)
  • 12. Resume • Next list residencies, workshops, artist talks and other invited, selective, activities such as requests to jury or demonstrations. This can include participation in selective art fairs. • If you have a lot of activities break them into categories, otherwise put them under one listing.
  • 13. Resume • Next list publications that have included you or your work. Only list catalogs, articles and books that mention you or your work by name or include a photo of your work. Include URLs for online publications. Do not include personal sites or un-curated online galleries (such as Deviantart). • Collins, Kianna, “Stimulating Exhibit”, Tropolitan News, Troy, AL, Vol. 87, Is. 2, p.5, Aug. 22, 2013. Includes photo. • Vo, Ngoc, “Siren’s Song Ends with Inspirational Reception”, Tropilitan News, Troy, AL, Vol. 87, Is. 8, Sept. 26, 2013.
  • 14. Resume • Finally list awards, grants and other substantial forms or recognition that do not fit into the other categories. Make sure to include enough information to make the significance clear.
  • 15. Resume Summary Your Name Adress Phone Email/ website • Education/ credentials • Arts Related Employment/ Gallery Representation • Exhibitions 1. Solo Exhibitions 2. Two Person and Small Group Exhibitions 3. Large Group Exhibitions 4. Juried Exhibitions • Permanent collections/ commissions/ consultancies • Residencies/ workshops/ artist talks • Publications • Awards, grants and other recognition.
  • 17. Artist Statements Purpose/ Function self analysis personal “mission statement” marketing propaganda
  • 18. Artist Statements Purpose/ Function self analysis personal “mission statement” marketing propaganda introduction
  • 19. Form Artist Statements Length Narrative arc Focus
  • 20. Artist Statements Style: Consider your audience(s) Discursive approach Rhetoric Specificity/generality Over-reach/hyperbole
  • 24. Purpose Writing an artist’s statement is difficult because if the work is any good, it is very often complex—operating on many formal and conceptual levels. A successful statement in most cases cannot accommodate all these levels, so it must condense, prioritize, and often ignore some of them. Do not think of the statement as “capturing” or “defining” the work. You are not trying to explain the work away. Think of it as a roadmap that helps viewers orient themselves to your work and concerns.
  • 25. Purpose An artist statement should serve as an introduction to your work and concerns Avoid TLI and TMI
  • 26. Purpose An artist statement should serve as an introduction to your work and concerns Avoid TLI and TMI
  • 27. Purpose An artist statement is not: a justification: If you feel like you need to justify the work then you should probably be making different or better work. an artist bio: Include personal history only as it directly relates the work. a résumé: This is not the place to talk about any awards that the work may have won, or shows it was in. Usually it’s bad form to quote from reviews. It’s always bad form to quote yourself. a catalog raisonne or a work chronology: “First I did this, then I did that, then I did the other… It’s ok to talk about process or how one work leads into another but you need to talk about how or why one thing led to another.
  • 28. Preparation Before you attempt to write the statement, take some time to write out answers to the following questions. YOU ARE NOT WRITING THE STATEMENT YET! Just get your answers down on paper. Do not over think it or worry about grammar. Really dig. Do not let yourself off the hook with superficial answers. Spending some time answering these questions will pay off in an artist statement that is more informative and compelling, and it will make writing the statement MUCH easier:
  • 29. Preparation Why do you do what you do? Why, of all the things that one could choose to do and be in the world would anyone, let alone you, want to be an artist?
  • 30. Preparation Why the materials and processes you use? Why paint and not prints? Why clay? What’s the attraction? Why wheel rather than hand built, or additive instead of subtractive? DIG! “…because I like it” (it feels right, I enjoy it, because I hate…, I was drawn to) does not answer anything. WHY? Is the question you need to answer.
  • 31. Preparation Who or what are the most important influences and experiences that have shaped your life and your work?
  • 32. Preparation What does the work look like? Take a representative piece and describe it as if you were talking to the blind or to your mother on the telephone. Use descriptive adjectives and dynamic verbs. Do not overlook the obvious.
  • 33. Preparation What ties most of the work together? What identifies your work as yours and not hers? Look over a long span. Are there formal or conceptual threads that many of artworks seem to be revisiting over and over again?
  • 34. Writing Use the “sap to syrup” method. It takes over 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. Write 2 to 5 pages. Boil that down to a page and a half. Then edit that to a page. Edit the page to a paragraph. This works especially well because you really need 3 artist statements:
  • 35. Writing Three Statements 1. The “academic” version. 500-1500 words. Good for applying to academic positions, for catalogues or brief presentations. 2. The “gallery” version. 200-500 words. Good for catalogues, applying for shows, wall statements 3. The “press” version. 25-100 words. Good for fliers, press listings, promotional material, exhibition listings. Often combined with a distillation of the artist’s bio to form the “blurb”.
  • 36. Writing • Don’t write “I think”, I believe”, or “I feel”. You are writing it! It’s a given. Avoid over-equivocation. •Try to avoid over use of “I”, “my”, “me”, “mine.” Use instead “These” and “The”. Over use of personal pronouns makes you sound like a spoiled three-year-old.
  • 37. Writing Avoid too many comparisons to well known artists. You will usually lose in the comparison. Always distinguish how your work or concerns are different from theirs, as well as any similarities.
  • 38. Writing Avoid pseudo adjectives: interesting, beautiful, distinctive, exciting, personal, unique, pleasing, harmonious etc. Also avoid redundant modifiers that just pad the sentence. Examples: painful toothache, sharp needle, weighty concrete, colorful paint, etc. Here’s the test: Does the modifier clarify the image?
  • 39. Writing Limit yourself to using the word “juxtaposition” only once in the statement. Better still, try not to use it.
  • 40. The Takeaway If you haven’t learned anything new about your work in the process of writing an artist statement then you are not digging deep enough. You need to be more perceptive, critical, descriptive and self-reflective.
  • 41. The Takeaway An artist statement should serve simply as an engaging introduction to your work and concerns.
  • 42. The Takeaway Share your mania. Focus on what motivates you to make the work that you do. Make your interest, investment and excitement infectious.
  • 43. Bio
  • 44. • Bio- a brief profile that includes a summary of an artist's background and professional achievements. Typically written in the 3rd person. • Blurb- a brief profile that combines the artist's bio with elements of the artist's statement to produce a profile of the artist and their professional concerns.
  • 45. Bio Form <Full Name> is a <type of artist> originally from from <city, state> who <one sentence description of artistic activities> . <Last name> <authentication background to include education and/or other training/transforming life experiences> and has been included in <2-4 important exhibitions or achievements>. <Last Name> currently lives in <city, state> where they <one or two sentence description of current occupation, pertinent activites or life situation> <If there is a big achivement or professional change on the horizon, end with that >.
  • 46. Bio Example Daniel Freemarket is a painter originally from from Pottsdam, Nebraska who specializes in bird portraiture. Freemarket was abandoned as an infant and was raised by a flock of starlings until age seven when he was discovered and subsequently adopted by a family of migrant workers. These early experiences have fueled his lifelong interest in ornithology and identity politics, both of which figure largely in his work. Freemaket's delicate and disturbing paintings have been included in the last two Whitney Biennials and graced the covers of National Geographic and SQUWALK Magazines. Freemarket currently lives in Slome, Norway where he teaches painting at the Arkenstuck Institute and serves on Norway's Stronen Commission for habitat preservation. The first major monograph of his work will be published in Spring 2016 by Aneuthstussen Press.

Editor's Notes

  1. Facts, skills, and techniques are the easiest part of what we do as teachers, (which, by the way, is not to say it’s easy!) Teaching the students how to learn—from their professors, their peers, their culture, their discipline and most of all from themselves, from all of their sense experiences, from their failures and successes, that is a bit trickier. But if there is consensus that these abilities are precisely the ones that art and design students need to succeed, then can we really afford to not tackle them head on?
  2. Facts, skills, and techniques are the easiest part of what we do as teachers, (which, by the way, is not to say it’s easy!) Teaching the students how to learn—from their professors, their peers, their culture, their discipline and most of all from themselves, from all of their sense experiences, from their failures and successes, that is a bit trickier. But if there is consensus that these abilities are precisely the ones that art and design students need to succeed, then can we really afford to not tackle them head on?