Tips on Writing an Artist Statement
An artist's statement (or artist statement) is a brief text composed by you as the artist and intended to explain, justify, and contextualize your body of work. Your artist statement should clarify the what, how, and why you do what you do, from your perspective. This means that an artist statement is personal, as personal as your art. It is also honest. Because an artist statement explains the relationship between you and your work, it needs to be as authentic as your work. Here are some tips to help.
1. Tell why you create your art and what it means to you.
2. Appeal to the emotions. Convey feeling about your art.
3. Avoid complex explanations, obscure references, and “art speak.”
4. Use language that everyone can understand.
Tips on Writing the Exhibition Proposal
The exhibition proposal is the most important part of your application because it provides the juror with the information that they need to choose art that represents the most mature work created on campus. It should consist of a written section that explains the formal and conceptual ideas for your exhibition and a maximum of 10 -12 images to compliment your written section.
Suggested topics to address in your written statement:
1. Describe the appearance and theme of your exhibition. How is it original? What themes does it explore? What will compel your audience to want to view (or buy) your work?
2. How will you mount the exhibit? You should be aware of the constraints of the vertical glass display cases. When writing the proposal, keep in mind the size: [ 35” wide - 55” tall - 11” deep ] Glass shelves may be adjusted to create more display surfaces. When creating sculptures or ceramic pieces, keep in mind that the shelf area is 11” deep. Be mindful that the pieces should not be too heavy for a glass shelf.
3. Artwork needs to be framed or prepared in a way that can be easily installed. The juror needs to have a good idea of what materials you will be using and what you imagine the exhibition will look like.
4. Having a strong community outreach component to your proposal will make it more attractive to the juror and their assessment of your application as it relates to the aims and objectives of Arts Alive.
Tips for Making Digital Image Files
Submit up to 12 images in one of the following formats:
1. URL link to a blog or website gallery of images (Tumblr example)
2. URL link to Youtube, Vimeo, or Facebook gallery
3. URL address to access images (Google+, Flicker, Snapfish, etc.)