Artist Support Materials Checklist from Practical Artist

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Suggested items every artist should create, and keep up to date:

A resume (aka CV) with:

  • Name, education, solo and group exhibitions, and contact info at a minimum. You
    can also include awards, art fairs, bibliography, collections and other relevant
    experience and information, such as where to find you on social media, if you’d like.
  • Remember it’s your resume. So, feel free to include every show you’ve been in at
    first if you need to pad it. But also remember it’s perfectly fine to edit out less
    impressive shows and information as time goes by.

An artist website that adheres to these guidelines:

  • Your website should contain, at a minimum, images of your work, a CV and a way to
    contact you. It’s also a good idea to have a form visitors can fill out to join your email
    list. You can also include a bio, artist statement and a store if you sell prints. I highly
    recommend also including active links to find any social media accounts where you
    post your work regularly. But images, a CV and contact info is enough to get started.
  • Your website should highlight only your best work and recent work. It should not be
    an archive of every piece you’ve ever made.
  • Be sure to include title, dimensions, medium and year for each image.
  • The design should be simple and easy to navigate. It should load quickly and be
    viewable on both a computer and mobile device.
  • Even if you have someone else create your website, I recommend you update and
    maintain it yourself. Even if you have to learn new skills, it will be worth it in the long

Bio and/or Artist statement:

Creating these documents is a great way to get your thoughts clear so that you can
speak comfortably about yourself and your work any time someone asks. They can
be two separate documents or combined.

  • A bio tells a little bit about you – where you’re from, went to school, any experience
    that’s relevant – sort of a more personal and friendly, longhand version of your CV.
    It’s also a great substitute for a CV if you don’t have enough exhibitions to fill out a
  • A statement tells people what your work is about and what inspires you. I
    recommend you create a general artist statement and then additional statements for
    specific bodies of work.

    how to write an artist statement

Elevator pitch:

• Imagine you’re at a party and someone asks what kind of work you create. Practice a
one to three sentence, short but engaging, answer. I promise it will come in handy!

A simple business card:

  • Sharing a business card is still a quick, easy way to invite them to look at your work
    at their convenience. At a minimum, include your name, email, phone number and
    web address.
  • You can also include where to find you on social media if you’d like.
    You can also incorporate or feature an image or detail of your work – but only if it
    reproduces well and looks great