Artist and Designer Statements

By Lisa M. Graham.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Artists have long depended on written statements to represent their work in gallery exhibitions, exhibition catalogs, and press releases. Artist statements are short (typically one page or less) written narratives discussing the motives, influences, and creative direction of a body of visual work. Designers affected by a slowdown of commercial work due to world economic conditions are increasingly seeking to boost exposure for their visual work through brick-and-mortar galleries, online galleries, exhibition catalogs, press releases, leave behind portfolios, online portfolios, blogs, YouTube videos, conference presentations, journal publications and an ever-widening array of exhibition venues. This paper discusses the artist statement and how creative individuals can adopt this written narrative for use in an ever-widening array of traditional and rich media presentations. Suggestions for writing artist or designer statements are delineated.

Keywords: Artist Statement, Designer Statement, Visual Communication, Rich Media Presentations

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 11, pp.19-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.170MB).

Lisa M. Graham

Associate Professor, Art and Art History Department, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, USA

Lisa M. Graham, MFA, LEED AP, is an Associate Professor of Visual Communications at the University of Texas at Arlington. She has practiced visual communications for over 20 years, working for a variety of regional, national, and international clients. Author of three books and numerous papers and articles, her research interests include the design and programming of health care facilities, gestalt theory, experience design, sustainable design, interactive design, universal design, motion typography, and design ethics.

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