How to Write an Artist Bio and Artist Statement

Artist Bio & Statement
Instructor: Rebecca Eckland
Ages: Adults 16+
Time: 5:30PM to 7:00 PM
Day(s): Tuesday
Date(s): May 31, 2022
Member Fee: $5
General Fee: $10
Location: Sierra Arts Gallery & Virtual (Zoom)
Hook, Line and Sinker: Land Your Next Artist Opportunity with a Compelling Artist Bio & Statement

Are you interested in applying for an artist grant, exhibition, or opportunity, but you are stumped when it comes to writing the Artist Bio and Artist Statement? If you’ve ever wondered “What’s the difference between those two items?” Or “How can I write about myself without sounding silly?” this professional development workshop is for you!

During this training session, we will dive deep into these two integral documents that can be the game-changer between winning an award and coming in second place. Learn how to craft an effective first-person narrative that compellingly illustrates your passion as an artist and creator, while targeting your audience (the evaluation committee!) by using strategies that are easy to master.

Participants will gain an understanding on how to create compelling and targeted narratives that align your project, work and goals with that of the awarding entity or institution, and a working draft of your own Artist Bio and Artist Statement.

Got questions? Bring them, along with paper and your favorite writing tool. Participants will leave this workshop with a solid understanding of what constitutes an Artist Bio and an Artist Statement, as well as a healthy start on both documents.

Note: Artists can attend this professional development workshop in person or virtually.

Instructor Rebecca A. Eckland, M.F.A., M.A. is a professional nonfiction writer based in Reno. She is co-author of the 2018 bestselling memoir A Court of Refuge: Stories from the Bench of America’s First Mental Health Court by Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren. She is also the ghostwriter for the 2013 memoir Cracked, but Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt by Kevin Hines, which has been printed in two editions, and is the inspiration for the 2019 film The Ripple Effect.

Rebecca’s work has been published in literary journals, including Animal: Beast of a Literary Magazine, Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction by Z-Publishers, Hotel America, TAYO Literary Magazine, Weber: The Contemporary West, Sierra Nevada Review, The East Bay Review, The Meadow, and Mary: A Journal of New Writing. In 2017, her essay “Mono Lake” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also a certified Soul-Based Coach and through her business, With Wings, LLC, she offers entrepreneurs, artists and all those seeking clarity on their next steps in life and business support on cultivating their creativity and moving forward on their life journeys.

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