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Artists Write to Work: A Practical Guide to Writing about Your Art

Artists Write to Work: A Practical Guide to Writing about Your Art

Kate Kramer

Available January 2019


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Artists need to write, every day, to support their studio practice and careers. Working artists know this. Newly minted art graduates and emerging artists learn this the hard way—usually when a gallerist asks for basic documents like an artist resume, biography, and statement to support an upcoming exhibition! Conversational and instructive, this practical primer helps artists learn the best writing and research strategies for the documents they must craft: letters, biographies, statements, proposals, applications, wall text, and more. Kate Kramer, lecturer in critical writing at the University of Pennsylvania, aligns writing strategies with art school curriculum (foundations, topics, capstones, professional development). This is the book every artist will turn to again and again. In addition to models, templates, worksheets, and sample analyses of calls for entry, it references readily available and public resources throughout. Ultimately, this primer brings writing process into practice so the art work can continue to thrive.

Size: 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ | 32 color & b/w images | 160 pp
ISBN13: 9780764356490 | Binding: hard cover


Kate Kramer, PhD, is lecturer in critical writing at the University of Pennsylvania. Recent scholarship includes chapters in Routledge’s Perform: Succeeding as a Creative_x000D_ Professional series and Visual Imagery, Metadata, and_x000D_ Multimodal Literacies Across the Curriculum (IGI). Her professional development seminars and workshops take place at universities as well as conferences like the College Art Association, Self-Employment in the Arts, and National Art Education Association. She has been teaching business of art seminars since 2000 based upon her work as a curator, gallery director, editor, art historian, public arts administrator, and writer. In addition to making her living working with art, artists, and art students, she has made a life with acclaimed lighting and furniture maker Christopher Poehlmann.