Artist Resume and Statement



Submit a resume (not exceeding 4 pages) indicating your education, employment, artistic accomplishments, exhibitions, commissions, publications, honors, performances, etc. and other relevant biographical information. List awards, grants, and fellowships received, including the date received and the monetary value, if applicable.


This statement begins with a brief description that conveys your artistic vision and philosophy.
You'll want to answer questions like these:

  • What is my purpose as an artist?
  • What is my message or statement?
  • How did I develop my unique attitude toward my work?

Next comes a series of paragraphs that describe the development of your work and other artists or artistic movements that have influenced you. Then you'll follow this with a few quotes from reviews or critiques regarding the significance of your work.

You'll also want to describe recently completed major works, including their title, venue, and date. Be sure to write a few sentences about the medium and techniques you use as well. If you're a musician, describe the style, instruments, and orchestration you used in your most recent pieces. If you're a writer, describe your particular literary style.

Next up is how additional collaborative artists or employees are involved in the production of your artwork, musical and performance pieces, or published works. Finally, write a paragraph on your works in process and your future artistic plans and projects.

* If a group of artists is applying for the grant, attach a resume, artist statement and work samples for each participant.



The resume and artist statement work together to communicate who an artist is through his or her work, philosophy, and experience. The resume especially will have some different nuances to it, depending on what artistic realm you're working in.

Artist resume. In your resume, you'll want to include the following:

  • Birthplace and date (this is optional, though)
  • Education
  • Awarded fellowships and grants
  • Exhibition, performance, and publication history
  • Collections listing
  • Teaching and lecturing experience
  • Press bibliography

Typically, you'll need to communicate all of this in one to four pages. Most artists have two versions prepared—a long version and a one-page version. Whatever the length, your resume should be easy to read. Make your headings stand out with bold type, italics, underlining or bullets.

Remember to list your exhibition, performance or publication history starting with what's most recent. And here's a word to the wise: Plan to update your resume regularly! It's so much easier to apply for grants or other opportunities when it's already prepared.

Resumes are generally reviewed as supporting material to the work samples and narrative. They can provide information to panelists about timing and background that may be relevant during the final decision-making process.

If you have limited experience as an artist, lead with what you have on your resume and condense the rest to the very broadest strokes. Use this situation to make the case that the grant is especially important as a way to take a meaningful step forward in your artistic career.

What you will need to include will vary, depending on your field

  • Visual artists
    Your exhibition history will include the exhibition title, venue, and date. You may want to divide them into separate categories, such as solo, group, and juried. List major venues, such as museums and galleries, first--when you list collections, be sure to include private, corporate, and permanent public collections.
  • Musicians
    Many musicians list their experience by recordings, compositions, and performances. You will always want to list the title of the piece, your role in the work, the location and date of the performance and other collaborators and performers. You may want to list commissioned pieces in a separate category.
  • Performance artists
    Choreographers, dancers, singers, actors, mimes, and so forth use their performances and productions as categories. Be sure to include the location and date of the performance, along with any collaborating organizations or artists.
  • Literary artists
    You will want to include the title of publications, articles, and poems; where it was published; and the name of the publishing house. Some literary artists separate publications into fiction and nonfiction, fiction and poetry, or books and magazines. These artists may also include all readings of their works, including the title of the work and the name of the venue.
  • Media artists
    You'll need to include information about completed as well as in-production works, and be sure to say if you are the actor, director, writer, animator, or producer of the particular piece. Also, list the title of each piece, other collaborators, and screening locations. And of course, you'll want to highlight the awards or special recognition your work has received!