Submitting Your Work
When you submit proposals the only rule is to follow the rules. Galleries, granting programs, residencies and arts organizations have various ways of reviewing work and will request formats that fit their needs. Be sure you fully understand the submission requirements and include all the materials requested in the correct format(s).
With that said, there are several components that are typically required that you can prepare and keep current so putting together applications will be just a matter of targeting them to the opportunity.
Images: Your images must be well photographed and should show a cohesive body of work. It is a good idea to photograph your work on a regular basis and keep a well organized digital archive of your work (and a backup!)
Image List: An image list is typically sent so the viewer can access the following information about the work you have sent: your name, title of the work, date, medium, dimensions. In many cases, a brief description is appreciated to elaborate on work that is conceptual or part of a series.
Artist Statement: An artist statement is a supplemental document for your images. Typically, when reviewed, the images are seen first and the statement is seen to expand on any intrigue the reviewer may have. Keeping this in mind, it’s important to write a statement that directly relates to the images you submit. It should be 1-2 paragraphs in length.
Artist Resume: An artist resume is different from a work or teaching resume in that it typically does not include your work history (unless it is relevant teaching experience). It should include your education, exhibition history, grants and awards, collections, and your contact information including a website if you have one. Some other appropriate categories are a bibliography of where your work has been published, commissions and current gallery representation.
Pricelist: Although a pricelist is not needed when you apply for artist opportunities, keeping one along with an organized history of work sold will help you remain consistent as you begin to exhibit and sell your work.