Paperwork - Writing a CV, Artist Statement & Biography
WHAT IS A CV?
A CV or curriculum vitae is an overview of your artistic professional history and achievements.
The Hamilton Arts Council has a fantastic resource for creating your curriculum vitae:
WHAT IS AN ARTIST STATEMENT?
An Artist Statement should establish context and offer insight into the concepts and the development of your artwork. For example: why was it created, what inspired it, or if it relates to current issues. You might include a short discussion on your technique if unusual or relevant. Be concise, write in plain language in the first person, as if you were describing it to a friend, and avoid “art speak” so that someone without art training can understand. Your artist statement should be between 50 and 250 words long – less than 50 and it is difficult to get an idea of your work across to your viewer – over 250 and studies have shown that people tend to stop reading.
HOW DO I WRITE AN ARTIST BIOGRAPHY?
Your artist biography is a short written narrative, one or two paragraphs long. The artist biography is always written in the third person and it is accepted practice to use your last name when referring to yourself.
It should only include information relating to your artist’s career, and such personal information as you feel to be relevant to your career. The most important information should come first. Professional information might include your education/artistic training, special shows and awards, while the personal might include your background and significant life experiences.
THE ONE PAGE COMBINED ARTIST STATEMENT AND BIOGRAPHY
You may wish to have a short biography and longer artist statement, or vice versa but in total it should not exceed one page. Remember to include your name, date completed, contact information, website and social media if appropriate in your documents.
Ask a number of people to edit for spelling and grammar, and to read for clarity of content before printing or submitting. This document may be widely circulated and published.