Write Your Artist Statement in 3 Simple Steps

Jenny Williams, Writer, Editor, Artist

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6 Videos (21m)
    • Introduction

    • What Is an Artist Statement and Why Do I Need One?

    • Step 1: Guided Freewrite

    • Step 2: Fill in the Blanks

    • Step 3: Putting It Together

    • Conclusion: Wrapping Up


About This Class

The prospect of writing an artist statement often generates feelings of dread among all types of artists (yes, even writers!). But if you want to apply for grants, residencies, MFA programs, and fellowships, it's important to be able to articulate your core values as an artist and why you do what you do.

In these videos, you'll be guided through a series of simple, stress-free exercises that will help you unearth the patterns and motivations that drive your art. By the end of the class, you'll have a complete draft of an artist statement.

Be sure to download the three worksheets from the Class Project tab before you start!

12 of 12 students recommendSee All

Really enjoyed this class. Breaking things down into smaller, achievable steps helped me dig deeper and discover new sides of my work. Good for writing Bios and About pages as well!
very helpful guide lines about writing an artist statement.
Zara Nejad

Graphic Designer

Jenny makes it basically painless (dare I say, fun?), and you walk away with something you can actually use! A very good jumping off point to then tailor as needed. Thanks Jenny!





Jenny Williams

Writer, Editor, Artist

Hi! I'm a writer, editor, illustrator, designer, and all-around maker with particular passions for education, animal rights, travel and adventure, literature and poetry, music, soccer, and antique typewriters. My debut novel, THE ATLAS OF FORGOTTEN PLACES, will be published by Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's Press in 2017, and my award-winning fiction, essays, poems, photographs, and illustrations have appeared in numerous print and online publications, including Elephant Journal, Huffington Post, ...

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