Curriculum Vitae 101

What the hell is curriculum vitae? 

I completely understand that you may be asking this question right now.

A CV is similar to a resume, but they are not the same thing. Your CV should be a deep dive in to your professional artistic career history. This should only include achievements that are specific to your artistic career. 

Your CV can be used when applying for grants, scholarships, residencies, universities, teaching positions, and other job positions in the arts. 

A CV is broken into several categories:

  • Education
  • Exhibitions
  • Collections
  • Curatorial projects
  • Awards, scholarships, grants
  • Residencies
  • Relevant professional experience
  • Bibliography

The way that these categories are ordered can be changed to best fit your needs. My CV starts with education, professional experience, scholarship/grants, exhibitions, etc... You may not currently have work in a collection, so just skip that category.

Writing your CV

First things first, make a general list of every exhibition you have been in, all of your residencies, scholarships, where you went to school for art, etc. to fill the categories listed above. 

Update, update, update! 

The worst thing you can do is not update your CV on a regular basis. Every time I have an exhibition or receive a scholarship, I sit down and edit my CV. This way, I never forget what the show or scholarship were called, where it was held or from, and what year it was! 

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Once you have a list of all of your artistic accomplishments, put that into a consistent structure throughout the entire document.  

Just like your basic resume, you want to keep a consistent type face, font size, spacing, and capitalization. Make sure everything is spelled right, especially the names of exhibitions, galleries, and grants! 

Here's my CV for you to reference while you begin to write your own. This may seem a little overwhelming right now, but just keep going and you'll have this incredible record of your accomplishments!  Have questions? Don't be afraid to email me at! I can help! 

-Maddie, Gallery Coordinator