Building an artist's resume, also called a curriculum vitae (CV,) is very different from most job seeking resumes in other fields.
When will an artist use a resume? Every artist needs a resume for use in applying to galleries, exhibitions, grants, residencies, publications, and many other opportunities. It will be part of your professional portfolio. This document helps gallerists and collectors learn more about you.
There are specific categories and ways to organize the information. This article will help you workout the details to create your own professional resume for your art career. Also check out the FREE guidelines pdf below for more details.
Artist resumes should be organized, clear, and easy to read. Do not include images of your artwork or a large assortment of colors and formatting designs. Choose fonts that are legible and don't use more than two fonts in one document.
Begin with your basic contact information at the top of the page. Mailing address and phone number are a must. Email address and website address are also desirable information to place on a resume (if you don't have a website, start one now. More details to help with that here>>)
Artist resumes are typically organized into categories of experience or history. Artist resumes can have all or some of the following category headings:
If there is a category in which you have nothing to list, don't worry, just exclude that category. Otherwise, list all history and experiences in reverse chronological order (most recent first). Organize your lists by year, then relevance. More specifics on how to stylize each category are found in our free "Artist's Resume Guideline" document.
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A complete artist's portfolio will include several different types of documents, in addition to quality images of your art. Most opportunities provide a list of exactly what they want, however, if no list is given the recommended documents are an artist statement, a short biography, copies of any reviews about your work, and a resume. Need professional help preparing these items for your portfolio? We can help>>