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Writing an Artist Statement: Finding guides to writing an artist statement

A guide to writing about your art

Writing guides

Information about writing an artist statement is often embedded in books on broader subjects like art careers, grant proposals, etc.  The books shown below are excellent places to start learning about writing effective artist statements.

You may also find the following periodical articles helpful.

Adamson, Glenn. “When Artists Write About Their Work,” American Craft, V. 72 # 3 (June/July 2012), 22-23. 

This excellent, short essay attempts to answer the questions what are the purpose and elements of an “ideal” artist statement and is recommended by the CIA ceramics faculty. This article is available in print in the library and online as a PDF (if you search for the article by its title in Art Source).

Miller, Jo. “How to write an artist's statement,” Art Papers, V. 21 (September/October 1997), 35.  

Though older, this short article has solid advice. This article is available in print in the library and online as a PDF (if you search for the article by its title in Art Source).

Schreiber, Barbara."War of words,"  Art Papers Magazine V. 25 (Mar/Apr 2001), 10.

The focus of this article is writing an artist statement specifically designed for approaching shows. This article is available in print in the library and online as a PDF (if you search for the article by its title in Art Source).

The Gund Library subscribes to many databases that can help you locate articles on any topic. To find more articles about writing an artist statement,  search ART SOURCE.  If you are off campus, you will need to log-in through a proxy server using the same username and password you use to log-on to a computer on campus.

  • Use the advance search screen.
  • Type "artist statement" in the first dialog box.
  • Type "how to write" in the second dialog box.
  • You can limit your search -- by type of material, to full text only, and by time period of the publication.
  • To find the articles listed above, type the author's name in the first dialog box and the title of the article in the second dialog box.
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