Today I’m entering the Ellarslie Open in Trenton NJ and for the first time encountered a request to submit an artist’s resumé along with my work. (Another first!) My resumé on LinkedIn is an unwieldy behemoth massively encumbered by all the detours I took on the path to becoming an artist. Searching for guidelines for art-specific resumés led me to a post on The Practical Art World. Re-blogged below, I highly recommend this post (and this blog) to all artists.
The post How to Write an Artist CV in 10 Steps is the most popular in the history of The Practical Art World. Some of the most frequently asked questions people have after reading it are “What if I don’t have an exhibition history?” or “What if I didn’t go to school?”
For new and emerging artists, creating an artist’s CV can be a bit of a Catch 22. You don’t have much or any experience to put on your CV, but to apply for “experience” in the form of exhibitions, grants, and schooling, you are asked to provide a CV.
Fortunately, there are ways to tailor what relevant experience you have into an artist’s CV format.
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