Monday, April 11, 2011


Some grant and other applications ask for a short bio, 100 - 300 words. This should be clear but not too detailed (that's what your resume is for).

It's just a thumbnail sketch, not a full blown portrait. The point is to give an overview of who you are. You can think of it as the answer to someone asking: "Tell me a little about yourself." If, in your answer, you start to list a lot of specific details, you would see your listener's eyes glaze over. You don't want that.

So: where you were born, where you live now, where you went to school if that is relevant, how long you have been a practicing artist (don't, for god's sake, say something like "as long as she can remember"), some twists and turns in your art career -- major changes in subject matter or medium, for instance -- what you have been doing lately and where you might be headed, and anything else that might give a sense of who you are. You don't have to include all of these things, of course.

Working ourselves out of a job

A subscriber recently wrote about why she would not be renewing.

"I have decided not to renew, primarily because AOM has been such a good resource that I am now busier than I ever imagined, and so for this year at least am not looking for new opportunities.

"Thanks so much for providing AOM and best wishes for the future."

We don't want anyone to pay for something they can't use, but I can't help wondering: if we didn't work so hard to find, edit and publish so many good opps would she still be a subscriber. The answer is that she probably wouldn't have subscribed in the first place, as she is, like so many AOM subscribers, a serious, intelligent artist.

We're about to launch a new free three issues campaign. The link is in case you want to pass it along to your colleagues who would like to find such a resource that is so good they may not need it in a couple of years.