Essentials: Getting Your Work Seen

Writing About Your Work

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You will find how-to’s with examples of a CV, artist statement, cover letter, proposals, and downloadable documents.

Check out Icess Fernandez Rojas’s Fresh Arts Summit 2019: The Artist Biography/Biography Workshop Presentation

Tips and Ideas

Artist Bio

LightSpaceTime: The Perfect Artist Bio – You will find 10 hints and tips to writing your best artist bio yet.

Artwork Archive: How to Write an Appealing Artist Biography – Artwork Archive have put together five steps to writing an appealing artist biography, from start to strong finish, to get your creative juices flowing.

Artist Statement

4 Tips for Writing a Good Artist Statement

  1. Map out your ideas
  2. Start with free writing
  3. Edit your piece
  4. Write another draft

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Art Business Info for Artists: How To Write an Artist Statement – You will find tips about how to develop your writing through finding you audience and approach.

How to Write An Artist’s Statement That Doesn’t Suck – by Hannah Piper Burns – she presents a refreshing and alternative view on how to write an artist statement (source)

Making a Mark: Marketing Art – How to write an Artist’s Statement – Is there one right way of writing an artist’s statement? Probably not – although a number of people are in agreement about what it should and shouldn’t try to do. (source)

The Evolution of an Artist Statement – A Benefit of Working in a Series – Lisa Call have been working on her Structures series for over 10 years. As the series matured, she’s updated her artist statement with the deeper insights gained through the passing of time. (source)

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Formatting Your Visual Artist CV – artbiz – WordPress for Artists School: Formatting your visual artist CV in WordPress. (source)

How to Write an Artist’s CV in 10 Steps | The Practical Art World – A VERY POPULAR article. A CV or curriculum vitae is an overview of your artistic professional history and achievements. Although it looks similar to a resume, it contains different elements which are only related to your artistic professional practice. (source)

How to Write an Artist’s CV When You Don’t Have Much (Or Any!) Professional Experience – The post How to Write an Artist CV in 10 Steps is the most popular in the history of The Practical Art World. Some of the most frequently asked questions people have after reading it are “What if I don’t have an exhibition history?” (source)

Visual Artist Curriculum Vitae: Recommended Conventions by College Art Association Guidelines (USA): The curriculum vitae conventions presented here are primarily for those beginning their academic careers. Approaches to CV development can vary based on years in the field, your area(s) of specialization, specified institutional formats, etc. (source)

Cover Letter

Cover Letters for Artists by GYST-Ink: GYST-Ink goes into detail about the reasons why an artist might need a cover letter and how to go about stating your purpose. A breakdown of the opening, middle, and closing is included as well.

Top 10 Cover Letter Writing Tips – “Don’t Point Out What You’re Missing” is just one of many tips for putting together a great cover letter.


If you’re looking for more information about how to create a proposal for your next project, you can check out Fresh Arts: Grant Writing Basics page.


University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA): UNCSA gives some great examples of how artist statements should communicate their story.

CV Examples For Any Artist

Biography Example

Jeff Koons – website | Biography
If you go to Koons’s website and click on his biography, you’ll notice that it’s actually a CV!

40 Creative Resume Designs You’ll Want To Steal in 2016 – Examples of different types of creative resumes artists have designed to get noticed. (source)

Visual Arts: Artist Statement Example by Lorne Resnick

Other Resources – Live Career is a popular site that provides the resources, knowledge, and expert advice you need to land your next residency, job, internship, and any other opportunity. They have sample cover letters, resumes, and CVs that you can customize. Check it out now!

Artist Bio vs. Artist Statement vs. About Page by Art Biz Success – Learn the difference between an Artist Bio, Artist Statement, and an About Page!