Cover letter Tips for Artists

Cover letter Tips for Artists


A cover letter is an important piece of your on-paper first impression on a potential employer. More importantly, it can provide space to highlight details of your experience and special skills that might otherwise not be included on your resume.

What you include in your cover letter will be dependent on the open position and your unique background. If you’re up for a position in the arts such as studio assistant, your cover letter should include information relevant to the position. Take the time to tailor your letter so it shows the employer why you’re a strong match for the job.


Keep in mind the following strategies and tips for writing a curriculum vitae.

  • This document highlights your most significant achievements as a student, teacher, and scholar; service and non-academic activities are usually left out.
  • It should generally be no longer than two to three pages. Keep it concise.
  • If you have a significant number of shows or a lengthy bibliography, you might use headings such as “selected solo exhibitions” or “selected Bibliography”.
  • In addition to Exhibition, Bibliography, and collections, section headings can include: Education; Honors and Awards;  Grants and fellowships; Teaching Experience; Visiting artist lectures and presentations; Research Experience; Relevant work Experience; Skills; Presentations; Publications; and Professional Affiliations.

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