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Workshop with Susannah Morgan: Writing a Compelling Artist Statement and What to do With It

March 28 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Every artist needs an artist statement that works for them. The artist statement is one of the first things you will be asked for when establishing a relationship with a potential new gallery or advisor, applying for a juried exhibition, or that dream residency. Being able to clearly articulate what you do, how you do it, and why you do it is critical to your success.

In this course, participants will learn what is essential for a compelling, informative, and practical artist statement.

We’ll start with talking about what makes a good artist statement. Why are they important? What are they used for? Does anyone actually read them? Should you write a new statement for each submission or proposal? (Spoiler- no! But you should tailor each submission to be as specific as possible.)

We will go through each component of the statement one by one. Participants will be prompted to do a brain dump for each component and then pull out the main idea for each. Participants will then take these main ideas and use them as jumping off points to complete the statement on their own. Participants will be able to send their completed statement to Susannah when finished for feedback.

The workshop will conclude with a discussion on how to make your statement work for you in branding, messaging, and other business development efforts.

Participants will walk away from this workshop with a clear understanding of what an effective artist statement entails, an outline with 3 to 4 clear topic sentences/main ideas to use as jumping off points to complete their new statement, and a plan for how to use their statement.

Limited to 10 attendees.

About Susannah Morgan

Susannah Morgan is an art advisor, artist coach, and founder of her consulting firm, SKM Art Advising which she founded in 2018. She has a BA in French and Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. Susannah provides expert guidance for visual artists who are at a turning point in their careers and need support to manage growth confidently and strategically. This service enables artists to make better informed decisions regarding their careers and move within the art industry effectively and confidently. She is based in Westchester and splits her time between New York and Austin, Texas.


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