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How to Write an Artist CV for Emerging Artists

Hannah Taylor July 13 2022

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Whether you’re a graduating student artist and want to begin to sell your art, or a more experienced emerging artist in need of a refresher, here’s a breakdown of the major components of an artist’s CV.

The Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a crucial document for artists looking to sell their art to galleries or collectors, or to apply to exhibitions or teaching residencies. A CV can be an important part of an artist’s portfolio, with more info on how to create that here: How to Create a Portfolio as an Emerging Artist?

While some may think a CV and a resume are interchangeable, a resume only shows your most recent education and career history, while a CV displays every relevant piece of information regarding your field of work.

Here is a list of the major components of an artist’s CV:

Personal Info

You want to make sure to have your name on the top of your CV, as well as your contact information (address, phone number, email), and any relevant website or social media that you have.

Education

For former or current student artists, this is where you highlight the details of your degree or certificate, including the name and place of the institution where you earned it. For emerging artists who don’t have a traditional arts background, you can still list any class or workshop that you’ve taken, just make sure to note the instructor’s name and the name of the arts organization. List your education in descending order, starting from the most recent.

Awards

List any awards that you’ve received from any exhibitions or competitions. For student artists, make sure to list any scholarships or bursaries that you were awarded during your schooling. If you’ve received any grants or fellowships, list them here too. Just like in the education section, list in descending order, starting from the most recent.

Exhibitions

For most student artists, you’ll have completed at least one exhibition by the time you’ve graduated. You’ll want to list that here, and make note of whether it was a solo, duo, or group exhibition, as well as the name of the institution that housed the exhibition and where it was. Like before, list in descending order, starting from the most recent.

Commissions

As an emerging artist, you may have had some commissions. This is where you list them, starting from the most recent. Create separate sections for public and private commissions, and make sure to include the organization or individual’s name, where they are, and what kind of artwork you created (painting, sculpture, etc.).

Collections

For emerging artists, you may have sold your art to a collection or two. This is where you list them, in descending order, starting from the most recent. Make sure to note the name of the organization, and whether they’re private or public.

Teaching

As an emerging artist, you may not have yet taught at any universities or colleges. However, if you led a workshop, or spoke at a conference or event, you want to include that here. Make sure to distinguish what the teaching event was (workshop, conference, etc.), the organization or individual hosting, and where it was. As always, list in descending order, starting with the most recent.

Media & Bibliography

This is where you list anything that has been published about you regarding you and your artwork. For art students, your university or college may have written about an exhibition you were a part of. You want to make sure to note the title of the article, author, date of publication, and the name of the organization. List the articles in descending order, starting with the most recent articles.

Affiliations

You may be a member of your local arts council or assembly. You want to make note of what position you hold (member, vice-chair, chair, etc.), and where it is. For art students, include any art clubs that you have been a part of during your schooling. Even if you are no longer a member, it still shows that you have been an active member of your local arts community. List in descending order, starting with your most recent memberships.

And that’s it! Make sure to keep your CV updated regularly, especially as you sell your art to collectors and galleries, and apply to residencies and teaching positions! Good luck!

Sources:

https://www.hamiltonartscouncil.ca/curriculum-vitae

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