An artist résumé should list all related art work. The formatting should be clean, concise, and consistent. Look at the résumés of well known artists and feel free to use the same formatting.

The length should be around a page if you’re at the beginning of your artist career. But before you worry about length, begin by creating a master résumé, or CV, which can be customized to specific opportunities.

Difference between a CV and an artist résumé:

A CV, or curriculum vitae, is a general, comprehensive account of one’s career. It would go on an artist’s website and also used for academic purposes and in some employment opportunities. A résumé is a smaller, customized version of a CV, that would be used for various types of submissions, which may include exhibitions, residencies, grants, public art proposals, galleries, etc.

So you could say, a CV is a record of all your professional artist activities and an artist résumé is a trimmed version of your highlights customized to an occasion.

One of the many ways to format an artist résumé:

Note: Do not email Word versions of your résumé, because the formatting may change when opened somewhere else. Convert the file to a PDF.

Dos and don’ts of artist résumé sections:

Contact Information

In this section, you’re making sure the reader knows who you are and how to find you. Therefore, your name, mailing address, phone numbers, email, and artist website should be included, just in case. Although optional, some artists list there year of birth, birthplace, and where they’re based.

You want the readers to judge you based solely on your work, so do NOT include a photo of yourself.

Education

The section can be called “Education”, or “Education and Certification” if you want to includes art related certifications such as woodshop, metalshop, artwork documentation, etc.

Listed in reverse chronological order, it includes college degrees, graduate degrees, and certifications, but NOT high school. List the year you were certified or graduated, the degree you received (BA, BFA, MFA), the school, and the location. You may also include your specialization (studio art, digital art, graphic design, etc.) after your degree.

If you are currently enrolled, state that the degree is pending by placing “(candidate)” in parenthesis after the degree. Also, list the expected graduation date at the end in parenthesis.

If you graduated with honors list which level (cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude) in italics.

2016      MFA (candidate) in Studio Art, California Institute of Arts, Valencia,
CA (expected graduation: May 2017)
2014      BFA cum laude in Studio Art, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design
Lancaster, PA

Solo Exhibitions

If you’ve had less than four solo shows, combine the section with your group exhibitions and call it “Selected Exhibitions” or just “Exhibitions”. If you combine them, indication which shows were solo by placing “(solo)” in parenthesis at the end.

List this section in reverse chronological and begin with any confirmed future exhibitions.

For each show, include the year, title, venue, city, and state.

2017      Urban Ordinaries, Johnson Gallery, New York City, NY

group Exhibitions

For each group show, include the year, title, curator or juror, venue, city, and state. Include any curators either after the title or at the end in parenthesis. If there was a catalogue produced from or accompanied with a show, note this in parenthesis at the end.

In both solo and group exhibitions, it’s better to have multiple shows at several different locations, even if the locations aren’t well known. Readers of your résumé want to see that you’re involved and diverse.

Curatorial Projects

This includes any shows you have curated and are listed in the same format as solo or group shows. They can be listed in there own section or included with the other exhibitions, if indicated as a curatorial project.

Awards, Grants, Fellowships

Include the year, name, and other descriptions like location. This section can also include speaking engagements and visiting artist gigs, which can include the title of the presentation in quotes, the title of the session in italics, title of event or sponsor institution, city, and state.

2015      Dean’s List, University of Alabama
2014      “Sparking Creativity,” Artist’s Workshop, Lakeview Art Institute, Miami, FL

Residencies

Include the year, name, location, and other descriptions, like duration, to explain to the reader what it is. This section can be combined with awards, but you can indicate that this is a residency so it isn’t confused with visiting artist lectures, presentations, or critiques.

Bibliography

Includes the author, title in quotes, publication name in italics, date, section and/or page and/or URL. The host, title of show, segment title, station name, and date are included when listing a television or radio appearance. Well known art blogs, online magazines, and websites are also bibliography.

Michael Robert, “Eye on Art,” ABC News Journal, April 10, 2015. http://www.abcdefghijk1234.com/abcdefghijk1234

Collections

Includes the name, city, and state, but this section should only be included if your work is in a significant collection, such as in a museum or with a prominent collector.

Professional Experience

This includes work experience related to your practice. Teaching assistant, volunteer work, professional organizations, etc. can all be included and may be separated into sections or subsections. The list may vary depending on what you’re customizing your résumé for. If it’s specifically representing you as a working artist, include work experience specifically related to your practice.