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.

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