Tips on Submitting Digital Support Material

Dos:

  • Submit files at a resolution of 72 dpi only.
  • Submit files of a maximum of 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Title each file (image) with a number, your initials, and title of your work.
  • Ensure that the numbers for the first nine images begin with a zero (eg:01initialstitle.jpg)
  • Send images with other documentation by email to residency@contextural.ca with the subject: 2017 Summer Residency Application – NAME

Don’ts:

  • Don’t submit slides.
  • Don’t submit any type of presentation 
(such as PowerPoint).
  • Don’t submit compressed files 
(WinZip®, Stuffit®, etc.).
  • Don’t include hyperlinks to Internet sites with your images.
  • Don’t submit material that requires software, plug-ins, or extensions.
  • Don’t submit any files in hard copy or by disk.

Artist Statements

Taken from http://www.ebsqart.com/ArtMagazine/za_400.htm
 written by Melissa Wotherspoon

What is an Artist’s Statement?

An artist’s statement is a short document written by the artist, which provides a window into the artist’s world. It offers insight into a single piece or an entire body of work and by describing the artist’s creative process, philosophy, vision, and passion. It enlightens and engages while at the same time giving the audience – potential buyers, exhibition curators, critics, fellow artists, or casual browsers – the freedom to draw their own conclusions. An artist’s statement reads easily, is informative, and adds to the understanding of the artist.

What isn’t an Artist’s Statement?

An artist’s statement is not a résumé, a biography, a list of accomplishments and awards, a summary of exhibitions, or a catalogue of works. It is not insignificant and should not be hastily written. It is not difficult to understand, pretentious, irritating, or (gasp!) laughter-provoking.

What information should be included?

Well, this is really a matter of personal choice, but there are a few questions you might choose to answer:

  • Why do you create art and what does it mean to you?
  • How does the creation of art make you feel? What emotions do you wish to convey?
  • What inspires you? How are your inspirations expressed in your work?
  • What message are you trying to convey to the viewer?
  • How much time is spent creating your pieces?
  • How is your work a reflection of you?
  • What artists (living or dead) have influenced you?
  • What is your vision/philosophy?
  • What are your goals for the future?
  • What are your techniques and style and how do these relate to the medium?
  • How do your techniques and style relate to your vision/philosophy?

What kind of language should I use?

Keep your statement clear and concise. Avoid flowery language and “artspeak”. This only lengthens and weakens your statement. Use language that is comfortable to you, and let your words flow.