Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Creating an Effective Artist Statement

 Applications will be open soon for Talent Trust scholarships!  This year we are implementing a few small changes to make our application process more accessible and inclusive.  Although the online form is not open just yet, you can still start preparing for your application!

Our scholarship recipients are chosen by an arm's-length Scholarship Selection Committee. Their top tip to applicants: pay particular attention to your Artist Statement.  This is where they get to learn about you, your art, and what inspires or motivates you.  It is a big challenge for many artists to turn the spotlight on themselves, but remember: the people reviewing your application WANT to know about you and connect with you as an artist.

Here are some tips for crafting a compelling artist statement:

Keep it concise: An artist statement should be brief and to the point, typically no more than a few paragraphs. Avoid using jargon or overly technical language, and focus on conveying your ideas in a clear and concise manner.

Be authentic: Your artist statement should reflect your genuine voice and perspective. Don't try to sound like someone else, or use language that feels inauthentic or forced.

Focus on your inspiration and process: An artist statement is an opportunity to share the stories, experiences, and concepts that inspire your work. It should also provide insight into your creative process, including the materials, techniques, and methods you use to create your art.

Explain the meaning behind your work: An artist statement should provide context for your artwork and explain the deeper meanings or themes that you are exploring.

Edit and revise: Like any writing, an artist statement should be edited and revised to ensure that it is clear, concise, and well-written. Consider asking your instructor, mentor, or friend to review your statement and provide feedback.

Overall, an artist statement is an important tool to communicate the ideas and inspirations behind your work. By taking the time to craft a thoughtful and well-written statement, you will improve your scholarship application and increase your chances of a successful outcome. 

We are here to support you!  If you need help with your artist statement, reach out to us. 


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