As with education and music résumés, art résumés are very similar to the traditional résumé. Headshots and/or images should not be used on a résumé, but can be displayed on your website or portfolio (more about those later). Some artistic fields, such as Graphic Design, may use create formats. The style will depend on the positon or organization with whom you are applying. It is common for artists to have two résumés: a traditional version and a creative one. Artist résumés may be longer than one page because there are generally more sections to include. However, use space wisely and avoid using a second page unless absolutely necessary. If you do need two pages, make sure to include your name on the second page. Below are some other differences for art résumés.
Awards, Grants and/or Fellowships
- Include date, name of grant and name of granting institution if applicable.
Solo and Group Exhibitions
- Include the date, title of the show, gallery/venues, curator (if applicable) and city and state.
- You can separate solo and group exhibitions or keep them under one heading. If you keep them together, include solo or group in the description. Make sure you give credit to collaborative projects by including the names of your collaborators.
- Once you have many shows under your belt, you might want to change the heading to Selected Exhibitions. Then you can pick and choose shows that best reflect your career.
- Use the heading that makes the most sense for you. If you are a media based artist, use Exhibitions and Screenings. If you are a performance artist, consider Exhibitions and Performances. If you work on multiple types of projects, consider breaking them into categories (Public Arts Projects, Commissions, Curatorial Projects, Screenings, Performances, Lectures and Panels, Published Projects and Articles, etc.)
- "This section should include reviews, articles, books and magazines published about you and your art. You can also include radio and TV interviews.
- Format as follows: Name of Writer, "Title of Article," Title of Publication, Date or issue number, Page number, URL (if applicable).
- Only include if your work is in a serious collection, like a museum or famous collector. Do not include friends and family in this section.
- Make sure to get permission from private collectors to include their name.
- Include the organization or individual's name as well as the city and state.
- List alphabetically by name.
Current Gallery Representation
- Only list galleries whose working relationships with you are current.
- Include the organization and city and state.
- Include the year, name and location.
- Include the author, title, publication name, city & state, date and page numbers.
- Often times galleries, employers and clients will ask for a "standard package" or "documentation." This usually includes 10-20 images of your work, your résumé, press clippings, a cover letter and sometimes a self-addressed stamped envelope.
- Don't send snapshots, photocopies, headshots, brochures or postcards.
- See the Portfolios section below for more information on samples of your work, press clippings and other possible items to include.