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An artist’s CV is a resume of your professional artistic experience. Whether you are an emerging or professional artist, you need a CV to apply for exhibitions, grants, scholarships, residencies, education, teaching positions… and just about anything related to your artistic development. Below are two articles to guide you through the process of writing your own professional CV.

How to Write an Artist’s CV in Ten Steps

An essential guide for writing and formatting that pesky bit of paperwork every artist needs. This article will walk you through the nuts and bolts of each section of your CV. These include how to format your art exhibition listings, how to list your art education, and what exactly to include. In the end, you’ll have your own completed and professional CV. Read the full article here

How to Write a CV When You Don’t Have Much (or any!) Professional Experience

For new and emerging artists, creating an artist’s CV can be a bit of a Catch 22. You don’t have much or any experience to put on your CV, but to apply for “experience” in the form of exhibitions, grants, and schooling, you are asked to provide a CV. Fortunately, there are ways to tailor what relevant experience you have into an artist’s CV format. Just remember: don’t lie, and don’t make up anything that doesn’t exist. Just tell the truth, shaping it a little (creatively– it’s what you do best, right?) into the established CV format.

If you haven’t already read How to Create an Artist’s CV in 10 Steps, start there. This article includes suggestions which elaborate on some of the points, aimed specifically at “professionalizing” the CV of an artist who has yet to gain, appropriately, professional experience as an artist. Read all the creative ideas for those with less experience or those having trouble putting together a CV. Read the full article here

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