Artist Bio vs. Artist Statement vs. About Page

Are you confused about the difference between your artist biography and artist statement? I’m here to help!

See if these explanations give you a better picture of these two documents.

[I’ve thrown some guidance on your About page for free.]

Artist Biography

Theresa Beckemeyer, Chautauqua

Theresa Beckemeyer, Chautauqua. Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches. ©The Artist

Your professional artist bio is kind of like your résumé in paragraph form (but less boring). It highlights your top accomplishments — usually with the most recent and most important at top.

Your bio gets to the point. It’s not a place for you to share everything you’ve ever done or get into your personal life.

Your bio is written in 3rd person unless it’s an autobiography, in which case you’d use the 1st person.

Artist Statement

Your artist statement is about your art, not about you. More to the point, it’s about the current direction of your work, not a history of how you got to this point.

Your artist statement is written in the 1st person. After all, it is a statement.

About Page

About pages are an Internet feature where your artist bio and statement come together. They should be less formal than the proper bio you would use to share with a museum or gallery.

How you approach your About page depends on your goals as an artist, but there should be text about both you and your art on this page. I’m fond of About pages that use humor combined with an interesting twist on serious facts.

For inspiration, check out Kelly Parkinson’s About page. Yep, I know she’s a copywriter and not an artist, but you can (and should) be inspired by her approach.

Does this help? Do you have any other questions about these documents/Web pages?

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