Build Your Artist Credentials

When you put together your art credentials, share them. They can be used in your bio, on your website, in your press kits, marketing materials or even in a jury submission. Sit down and take stock of those items that establish you as an authority.

Who are You?Here are some suggestions of experiences to include:

  • Have you developed a unique or unusual technique that you use in your work?
  • Have you written books about art, or have you written any articles?
  • What press exposure have you gotten, including interviews and reviews?
  • In what publications has your artwork appeared?
  • Has your work been included in any art exhibitions?
  • What is your educational background? Do you have a degree in Art or an MFA?
  • What honors or awards have you earned?
  • Do you teach, or give workshops on art?
  • What art-related organizations do you belong to, and do you hold office in any of them?

Presenting your credentials highlights your skills and your experience, establishing you as a leader or an expert in your field. Developing this kind of authority reinforces your standing as a professional.

Although establishing your credentials is important, your body of work is the most essential part of your presentation. Your portfolio should be cohesive, with a strong signature style. All images of your artwork should be beautifully photographed.

Credentials together with visuals of your work should make impact that showcases yourself as an artist and brings attention to your work.

 

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Comments

  1. I agree 100%. As an Artist (Painter) myself, I enjoy reading books written by other Artists and see where they are coming from (their thought process, their painting style and general outlook on life) and where they are going (how their work is evolving and if there is a niche that they have carved out for themselves).

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