You only get one shot to make a first impression which is why we highly recommend having a professional portfolio. A portfolio showcases your work and who you are as an artist. Therefore, having a portfolio will not only attract the attention of galleries and collectors alike, but it is one of the essential ingredients to make you stand out as a professional to be taken seriously. At MUCE we’ve reviewed our fair share of portfolios and compiled the best tips for rocking your portfolio.

  • Catalog All Exhibition Ready Work – Before submitting your work to be exhibited with an art fair or gallery, you want to make sure that you familiarize yourself with the theme and requirements. Catalog all your work that matches this theme and submit the information with all the requirements. It’s important that your work is labeled with the dimensions, medium, title, price and artist name. This makes it easier for the curator to get a quick glance of your work and assess whether or not your work is a good fit for the exhibition.

 

  • Include Your Resume and Artist Statement – Include your resume with your previous work, exhibitions and notable mentions. Your artist statement should outline the story of your artistic journey, the meaning behind your work and the process for creating the work. The artist statement doesn’t have to be long, but it should be impactful so that the reader connects with you and your body of work on a deeper level.

 

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  • Create a Website – Your portfolio can be submitted via hard copy with high resolution pictures, digital pictures via email or by providing the link to your website. However, placing your portfolio on a website allows for greater flexibility in how your work can be viewed, therefore we highly recommend making this an option. You can create a free website on Wix or upload your work to Behance or DeviantArt.

After creating your portfolio, continue to update with new artwork, notable mentions or new exhibitions. Doing the due diligence of having a high quality portfolio in the beginning, will save you a lot of time in the end. Remember, you are showcasing not only your talent, but also your professionalism which is essential to your success as an artist.

You can learn more information about creating a portfolio by watching Art Talk with MUCE and subscribe to the YouTube channel where we upload content each week to provide you with more information about the arts and culture ecosystem.