Writing an effective artist statement

Ellie Brown, Teaching Artist

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6 Videos (11m)
    • Welcome to the pain-free way to write an artist statement

    • Assemble the ingredients for your statement

    • Fill the pot with the words ingredients

    • Simmer the statement overnight

    • Summon guests to try the artist statement 'stew'

    • File the recipe away for use next time.


About This Class

This course focuses on the practical and business skills needed to support and sustain a working professional artist. It addresses specific demands outside of working in the studio and making art. In addition to examining current trends and transitions in the field, students will develop traditional presentation materials, which are central to applying to most opportunities. This includes writing artist statements and cover letters.  The Instructor draws from her experience as a professional/exhibiting artist, curator and owner of an artist marketing business to help shape each student’s package to present him or her in the best possible light.

Please upload your artist statements in a PDF, or a screenshot of your text to the projects page. This accomplishes two very important things for you: It gives you a forum for feedback AND it's free promotion!  (Don't forget to add your website). Please show us yor finished project.

14 of 16 students recommendSee All

This class is exactly what I was searching for, I loved all of the different questions that were posed before getting started on my artist statement.
MaryTess Mayall

Artist, Francophile, Bibliophile

If found Ellen's class very helpful. I was looking for inspiration and guidance on how to ask interview questions of woodworking artists for online bio's. I know have the tools I need to create the questions to ask. Thank-you.
Absolutely awesome class, I am so glad that I took this class.
David Groode

A creative guy with a sense of humor.





Ellie Brown

Teaching Artist

Ellie Brown is a native of Boston, MA. She received her B.F.A. in photography in 1997 and her M.F.A in 2002. She has received numerous awards including: a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, Leeway Foundation grant, and funded artist residencies internationally and nationally. Ellie has been photographing girls' issues since 1996 and making altered bookwork since 2002. She has been teaching college since 2000 and in 2008 she taught as a visiting professor at the College of Design at t...

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