Artist / Design Statement

Your artist / design statement should introduce who you are, what inspirers you, discuss your process. This statement should help you focus your inspiration, voice, style and approach in relation to making creative work. This statement will provide the reader with insight into your perspective on creating and help them to better appreciate your work. Further, this will give employers and faculty a way to assess how closely your statement aligns with your work when paired with your portfolio.

Your statement should be 2 to 3 paragraphs, that defines your creative identity. It is a thumbnail of what and why you create, where it came from when where it might go. This will evolve this semester, and should continue to evolve after your graduate.

Your first draft must be 500 words. This length will give us a place to start, with each subsequent version we will refine and edit down to between 200 and 300 words.

A few questions to ask yourself before you begin writing:

  • What do you want to say as a designer or artist?
  • What kind of impact on the world do you hope to make?
  • What is your style?
  • What inspires your work?
  • Who inspires your work?
  • What areas of art & design are most interesting to you?
  • Have art & design always been a part of your life?
  • Are you driven to create, or is it more of a career skill, or both?
  • What would the world be like without art or design?
  • Can you talk about/write about your approach to Art? Design? Life?
  • Is design an action or a reaction for you?

What would you say in terms of the following:

  • concept
  • influence
  • color
  • visual impact
  • humor
  • rhythm
  • sophistication
  • typography
  • interaction
  • social commentary
  • composition
  • artistic observation
  • reaction
  • history
  • confusion
  • beauty
  • location / place
  • culture
  • storytelling / narrative
  • aesthetics
  • illustration
  • photography
  • music
  • communication
  • inspiration
  • desire


how to write an artist bio or statement