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Writing an Artist Statement: Home

A guide to writing about your art

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The online catalog

The Gund Library's catalog is part of a shared catalog with CWRU and CIM. After you get the results to your search, if you want to know only what is in the Gund Library, you will need to modify the search to limit your results to CIA's library. 

CIA patrons may borrow books from the CWRU and CIM libraries.

What is an artist statement?

An artist statement is the main way, and sometimes the only way, you will communicate with an audience for your work. The statement functions in several ways: setting the tone for viewing your art, highlighting the aspects of your work that you consider most important, and helping those who are reviewing or promoting your art.


An artist statement will change over time as your work evolves and as its application changes. The statement is typically used for grant, graduate school, residency, and job applications; exhibitions and catalogs; your website; and publicity and press packets. It can also help you, as an artist, express and understand what you do and help you plan future projects.


Writing a good artist statement is critical to your career success, and this guide will point toward resources that can help you craft your artist statement.