Six best pieces
To successfully enter a career as an artist students must have a
vision, they must master the technical skills required in their art
medium, and they should present this in a complete and understandable
form: The artistís portfolio.
When presenting a portfolio, not only is the artistís work
judged, the artist is also being judged. Is this artist serious? Will
he or she succeed in the art world? Are they worthy of being
Your artist portfolio should impress viewers with your vision and
with how well you have mastered the technical aspects of your work. In
your portfolio, you should provide good artist support materials.
Remember, no matter what you've heard or read, your work doesn't
stand alone. Whenever a gallery owner, museum curator, or art
consultant reviews your portfolio, the memory of your artwork will be
only part of what they know of you. Just as packaging plays an
increasingly important role in product marketing, your portfolio is an
integral part of your career in the visual arts.
What's in it?
An artist's statement is a written introduction to the artist and the
artist's work. It should provide insight into who the artist is as a
person, why they create the artwork they do, and why that artwork should
be important or interesting to those who look at it. Though it may or
may not be easy for a student to write about themselves, it is important
to try to focus on the main points of the statement without selling
yourself short and without being too long-winded in the statement. After all,
we want people to have something worth reading without boring them.
An artist's resume is a reference sheet listing the important information
about an artist's career. Contact info, education, shows, lectures, and
published articles are all things that should be listed on an artist's
resume. This is a precise form that follows specific rules so it is
important to get all of the information correct on the resume so
prospective collectors and gallery personnel have the information they
Photo's of the artwork
Traditionally artist's portfolios included slides of the artist's
work. That way curators that are selecting work for a show can project
the work to get a better feel for the scale and get a fair comparison
with works of other artists. As technologies change the need for slides
in a portfolio is diminishing. Digital photography and the associated
equipment is becoming more prevalent throughout the industry so
presenting an artist's work in digital format is becoming more
necessary. Because of this we will photograph our work to document it
and prepare a collection of digital photos to be included in our Digital
Ten examples of the student's best work
Although photographs are a good representation of an artist's work
nothing really compares to the original work. Many details are more
apparent when you see the work in person so students are asked to retain
their ten best examples of their work. These ten examples must represent
at least four different media (art materials) and the artist's
competency with that media.