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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Business of Arts- Bio vs. Statement

The Bossier Arts Council is currently accepting submissions of exhibition in both the East Bank Gallery and the Emerging Gallery. The requested information is an artist bio, artist statement, artist resume and 3-5 digital examples of your work.  
These items must be received by August 31, 2012.

I have had a question about the difference between an artist bio and an artist resume.  The purpose of these documents is to expand the viewer’s knowledge of you as a person as well as an artist and give them a clearer picture of you and create a connection that could lead to a sale.
In terms of writing style, an artist bio should be written in third person so as to tell your background outside of art. It should go into enough of your background to give a potential buyer a clear picture of who you are and what you have done to expand your artistic endeavors.

Your artist statement on the other hand should be written in first person about why you create your art and what your inspiration is. It should explain why you work in the mediums you do and how your creation process ties into those mediums.  Think of your general artist statement as your “mission statement.” It tells people how you see your world and the passion behind the artwork. 

If you would like specific help, please schedule time in our 
Artist One Stop so we can assist you!

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