Writing the Artist Statement (F21-OL)

Instructor: Meg Maker

A good artist statement is a terrific asset. It’s useful for exhibitions, artist websites, grant applications, press releases, and more. It explains the artist’s medium, motivations, and philosophy — not only what they’re working on but also why. It’s succinct, skipping jargon in favor of simple language that’s easy to understand. But simple doesn’t mean easy, and artists often get tripped up trying to write their own statements. In this three-part workshop, we’ll learn the essentials of the artist statement, discuss its structure and style, and see good examples. Participants will then draft their own statements, which we’ll subsequently workshop as a group. Each artist will also work one-on-one with the instructor to hone and refine their statement. Everyone will come away with a full-page statement they can start using immediately.. 

Though all AVA Members always receive 15% off class tuition, AVA Artist Members will get 40% off the tuition for this class, making the price $108. The price will be reflected on the check-out page; please sign-in above to activate your member discount, enter your registration information and add the class to your cart, and you will see the discount applied. Click here for more information about all of AVA's Membership levels.


Meg Maker is a writer, editor, artist, and educator. She advises communications teams to develop programs that connect with their constituents, and mentors individual writers to strengthen both their prose and their practice. She’s lectured at universities and international conferences about writing, narrative strategy, digital design, and the editorial experience. Her own award-winning nonfiction writing focuses on nature, culture, food, and place. She’s also an active studio artist working in oil and mixed media. Learn more at megmaker.com