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Course & Subject Guides
Submitting your Work
Generally, an artist's résumé contains the following sections and should list all relevant art work.
- Solo Exhibitions
- Group Exhibitions
College Art Association
The artist résumé conventions presented here by the College Art Association are designed primarily for use in proposals to professional venues, which can include commercial and non-profit galleries, museums, and art centers.
Click here to see info on and hours for Pitt's Studio Arts career consultant, Anastasia Lopez.
The University of Pittsburgh has career consultants who you can drop in and get help from on your resume. Make an appointment or come visit during drop-in hours. Visit the consultants at 200 William Pitt Union, Monday-Friday, between 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
College Art Association
Visual artist curriculum vitae: recommended conventions adopted by the College Art Association.
We encourage you to read artist statements by those whose work you admire and who challenge you.
Guides and Resources
Writing the Artist Statement by
"In this book, there are three paths. The whole track-from beginning to end-is a developmental sequence of information and exercises designed to ease you into writing an artist statement. The journey integrates the technical and professional levels of writing with an emotional and spiritual understanding of why you are doing this."
Often referred to as a portfolio, images of your work are by far the most important part of your submission package. Images may include 2-D and 3-D work, moving images and new media and physical images.
Exhibiting Your Work
An artist's website should be polished, simple and contain content you would be comfortable showing anyone. Essentially, this is the artist's digital portfolio. The site should be easy to navigate and kept up to date. The most common components:
- Home page
There are a range of professional digital portfolio platforms for artists to use to build a web presence. We encourage you to explore these platforms and the sites of artists, galleries and nonprofits for inspiration and to see what to do and what to avoid in order to showcase your artwork successfully.
Indexhibit is a CMS (Content Management System) enabling you to create your own website. It can be done with little or no previous website knowledge to publish text, image, sound and video. It is free to use and emphasizes content over complicated website design.
SquareSpace is a website publishing platform enabling the creation of content online using templates and a style editor. The templates are responsive to mobile devices, integrate web applications, and include SEO (Search Engine Optimization). There is a monthly fee to use this service.
WordPress is a free and open-source CMS highly suited for artist digital portfolios. It includes plugin architecture and a template system to improve functionality and create professional custom websites.