Artist Statement

Balancing Art, Work and Life!

Guidelines on Writing a Good Artists Statement and Resume

Resume By Reinaldo Arvelo

Your art work should always be accompanied by an artist statement and resume if you are going to submit your work to a gallery. Your statement should be your defense and your voice. Your resume should be a brief collection of experiences, exposure, organizations, commissions, publications, or lectures. The importance of having both an artist statement and resume is essential for all beginning artists.

Your Artist Statement:

For your statement try not to be vague. Always explain "why" you say what you say. As an artist, I focus on three important details in my statement. Your influence, Your Process, and Your Intention. When writing about your art it is best to describe what your influences are. For example, if nature is your motivation than explain what are the influences that nature provides you. Your influences can be spiritual just as long as you explain why and what they are and how they influence you.

The way you execute your work is also an important topic in your statement. Your process should reflect with your influences. Do not confuse your work habit with your process. Focus on the evolution of the work itself. Why do you use that color? Why is it shaped that way? Keep in mind that your materials also play a big part in your statement. Even the surface you work on can play a big important aesthetic meaning or quality to your artwork.

Lastly, on writing a good artist statement, you should explain your intention. Give your defense on what you are trying to tell people about your work. Is you work to explain, stimulate, poke fun of, inform, or an opinion or maybe a belief. No matter what the intent it should represent you and your work. I usually end my statement with the intention because it answers the "why" process and the "what" influences that support it.

Your Artist Resume:

Your artist resume is simply a listing of your artistic career and experience. Even if you do not have much experience you can still be able put together a good resume. Start by writing down gallery shows you have been in and keep group shows and solo shows apart. What commissions, projects or art work you have sold? List any periodicals you have been in like magazines, books, and articles. Any organizations, clubs, or memberships you are a part of. Make sure to provide your information like an address, email and phone number to contact you. Also add your education. Below is a simple setup on how to put together your resume:



Solo Shows

Year, title of show, name of gallery, city and sate

Group Shows

Year, title of show, name of gallery, city and state

Commission / Projects

title of commission or project, who commissioned it, city and state



year, publication, title

Clubs and Organizations

Employment (optional)

Make sure you keep your statement and resume up to date. is new site made for artists. With useful information, resources, tutorials, software, and books. Email them to be placed on their monthly newsletter.

Reinaldo Arvelo
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