Creating An Effective Art Sample Resume

Resumes are an important component of gaining employment in any field. It's usually the first impression a potential employer receives. For visual artists, having an outstanding art sample resume in conjunction with a well-designed website is crucial. The internet's instantaneous appeal allows artists to display their work all over the world to potential customers. So having an attractive, easily navigable website which shows their work off to advantage is highly recommended.

Beneath the artist's name, their website URL should be included along with other pertinent contact information, such as telephone numbers and a studio/business address, if there is one. Underneath, list all the places one's work has been published, displayed, showcased or printed, along with the dates, starting with the most current. It's a good idea to include a thumbnail photo of one piece that was showcased at each location, including a link to the gallery's (or other venue's) website, if possible.

If the artist creates works in more than one medium, the resume should reflect each category, such as Paintings, Sculpture, Collage, etc. Be sure to include a section for any awards received or special work commissioned by organizations or agencies.

Other sections might include educational background, artistic training or apprenticeship, and references. Keep the document to one page if at all possible, no more than two pages maximum. It should be simple and clean, with clear images of the best work along with concise, easy to read text.

As art sample resume can be greatly complimented when a font style and color is chosen which melds well the artist's style and feel. It's a good idea to ask a few friends to look it over and take their feedback into consideration. Bear your audience in mind. It may be wise to have more than one version ready to go, depending upon the demographic/target market.

Sally Sue Smith
123 Any St. Hometown, USA 09876
• Phone no: 555-123-0987• Email: [email protected]

Artist :
I am a positive, problem solving individual who brings out the very best in my co-workers. I have extensive knowledge in the fine arts arena which has led to a vast understanding of visual media and culture. I am dedicated and efficient when it comes to completing projects, treating each as an artwork.

Art Installer / Handler - Icon Group-2747 W. Taylor, Chicago, IL 60612, Jan 2007 - Jun 2010
Transported, packed, and installed artwork for the Northeast's preeminent museums, auction houses, collectors, and galleries. Worked one on one with curators, registrars, consultants, collectors and dealers.
Art Instructor - First St. Gallery Art Center-Claremont CA, Jan 2006 - Aug 2007
Developed and implemented art curriculum at one of California's leading centers for artists with developmental disabilities. Worked one on one with clients of the gallery to develop their own personal body of work.
Artist - Mark Moore Gallery-Bergamot Station, Santa Monica CA, Apr 2005 - Jul 2007
Gallery Artist for one of Los Angeles most recognized galleries of contemporary art. Worked with gallery director and owner to produce artwork for shows and collectors.

Claremont Graduate University - Claremont CA
Master of Fine Arts, Sep 2003 - May 2005
Fellowship Grant Award Winner
Presidents Art Award, awarded to a single student each year upon completion of their degree.
Extensive training in Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago IL
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Fellowship Grant Award Winner.
Extensive training in studio practices as well as Photoshop and Illustrator.
Student Computer Technician, assisted in maintaining several computers for visual communications department.