How to write an impressive Artist CV

Artist curriculum vitae
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Why an impressive Artist CV is so crucial.

In the business or simply corporate world today, having a flawless CV can considerably influence the first impression of the employer/reader either positively or negatively. It’s actually obvious, and that’s why people take their time to get their CV “right”. And as you may already know, a good CV with the right elements could increase your chances of being hired.

As an artist, you may tell yourself it just doesn’t matter because your work will speak for itself but hey, if it was that useless, it wouldn’t be required by the galleries for art exhibitions. You would be wrong because your artist CV will be probably of the first things these galleries will read about you. And you never forget the old adage – “You never get a second chance to make the first impression“.  We could talk all day of the benefits of a good artist CV but well, we would rather outline some simple tips that will help you get a mind-blowing artist CV whether you have little or no experience, or you’re just trying to ameliorate your CV. Shall we?

Artist curriculum vitae, Artist CVMake Your Introduction simple.

Simplicity is fundamental in getting an impressive artist CV. It may not make that much sense to you I guess but you need to understand that a mind-blowing CV is not necessarily an extravagant CV. So, let’s see what the introductory section is made up of and how to make the best out of each component.

  • Your Description or bio:

You need to describe yourself in the most honest, simplest but captivating way possible. As an artist, you surely know how to draw attention so I guess it won’t be much of a big deal to you. You may include a little of your past experiences but not much because there is a section specially set aside for that. But if you have no experience at all, you may talk about yourself or your art style. In both cases, remember to keep it concise because as they say, less is more.

  • Your contact Information or address:

What is meant by address here is not only your home address but also your mail, website, and phone number. It is not recommended to use a non-professional email or phone number through which it will be difficult to contact you. Such things don’t make you look serious. And who would like to work with some unprofessional fellow?  Often, the contact information is used as a header. But both cases are convenient so, the choice is yours to make.

Include Your Education in your Artist CV.

This part is actually not a big deal if you do have an art education, like graduation from a university of arts and all. But if you don’t, no need to panic because we understand most artists are self-taught. You certainly may have done some workshops and stuff like that and those experiences should be included. Another option is simply to mention the names of the people you’ve studied under. Don’t be frustrated if there are not a thousand names because, if you are self-taught but good at what you do, your art will speak louder than your lack of Education art wise. Also, it’s advised to not include any form of education not art-related.

Include previous Collections and Art Exhibitions.

As simple as it sounds include a section for your previous collections and another for the exhibitions. They are very important as they show you actually have some experience and have already completed a number of artworks. In case you are a new artist and don’t know how to go about it let me explain

  • Collections:

You can list anyone who owns your work (with their consent of course), even if it was a gift. The people should actually be named as private collectors followed by their location. And also, it is not recommended to include anyone with your last name on the list as it will make it look unprofessional. Plus, you should not include the same location twice.

  • Art Exhibitions:

Here, you should all of your previous exhibitions as well as the upcoming ones. What if they were not exhibitions in galleries? It doesn’t matter. List them as well and don’t forget the dates.

Basically, those are the essential things to include in order to get your CV right. Remember to be as honest and true as possible. And also, you may include some samples of your work in your CV if you need to, keeping in mind that an artist CV should be no more than 2 pages.

In addition to your Artist CV, you need to prepare your Artist Statement and your Artist Biography.

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