WRITING AN ARTIST RESUME
By Margaret (Maggie) Brezden
An artist resume is an absolute necessity for every professional artist. Although an artist bio may contain similar information it is presented in a different format than the artist resume. An artist bio is most often written in the third person and in paragraph form while the resume is not. Generally an artistís resume is organized by headings that are listed by date with the most recent event first. These headings can be bulleted, bold or underlined so they stand out.
Most artists have two versions of their resume prepared, a long version and a one-page version. Your resume should be easy to read, typed and printed on quality paper. As you develop as an artist you will need to update your resume, at which time you should edit out old and irrelevant information.
Artist resumes should contain the following:
| ||1.|| ||Your Name and Contact Information - Your name should be at the top of the page and should be larger than the rest of the information presented in the resume. Following your name include your mailing address, phone number, fax number, email address, and website address if appropriate.|
|2.||Education - List all the academic degrees earned and all honors received. Include here the schools or universities you attended without completing a degree and if you do not have an art related degree, you can list workshops or classes you attended and the notable artists /teachers you have studied with.|
|3.||Honors and Awards/Grants - Under this category you want to list all recognitions of merit, prizes won in competitions/exhibitions, grants, fellowships, scholarships and other special recognitions. |
|4.||Bibliography - Include articles, reviews, radio and television interviews under this heading as well as books, magazines, newspapers and catalogues who have published your artwork.|
|5.||Exhibitions - List the title of the exhibition, the exhibition space, and the city and state where the exhibition was held. You may want to divide your exhibitions into separate categories such as: solo shows, group shows, juried exhibitions, invitational exhibitions etc.|
|6.||Collections -This category can be divided into private collections, corporate collections and permanent public collections. Always ask permission to list a private owner of your work on your resume.|
|7.||Professional Affiliations - List the professional organizations, national, regional, and local, to which you belong. If you held a position within the organization or served as a volunteer, note this as well.|
|8.||Related Work Experience/Professional Experience - Artists may include experience they feel is relevant to their professional art making career such as: teaching art; jobs held in their field; technical experience related to their artistic discipline or, lectures, workshops and presentations given as an artist. Some artists also include information under this heading that does not neatly fall into other categories on their resume.|
Be sure to proofread your resume carefully. You may find it beneficial to have a friend or colleague read over your resume before you type your final copy.