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How to Write an Artist Statement

Learn to effectively communicate the concepts and processes behind your artwork through the power of words. This course at Penumbra Foundation will equip you with the skills to craft a compelling artist statement, ensuring that your work is contextualized and understood by funders, galleries, and the public. Say goodbye to writer's block and share your artistic vision with the world.

  • Beginner
  • 18 and older
  • $365
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  • 6 hours over 2 sessions

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What you'll learn in this writing class:

Your artist statement is a link between you and the rest of the world. This statement accompanies your visual work when you submit proposals to funders, cooperative galleries, or publishers. It may also be read aloud at speaking events, included in press releases, or used in exhibition texts. That is why you must know how to contextualize your work in words.

Whether you are starting from scratch or updating an existing statement, this course will give you the skills to clearly articulate your process and concepts both in the written word and in conversation. Through a presentation with examples, writing exercises, group conversations, one-on-one meetings, and a class critique, you will learn painless writing techniques for crafting clearly and creatively written artist statements and project statements from start to finish. By the end of this workshop, you will walk away with a well-written statement, as well as the tools and techniques to produce new statements in the future.


  • Day 1: 3-hour live Zoom artist statement workshop session, including a presentation with examples, writing exercises designed to help you identify and articulate the concepts in your work, and a question-and-answer session.
  • Between Classes: 30-minute one-on-one meetings with the instructor.
  • Day 2: Class critique with your supportive fellow classmates focused on polishing your final artist statement.
  • After classes: Access to presentation materials and exercises.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

Refund Policy

  • In the event a student must cancel their registration for a workshop, they may do so any time before and up to 15 business days prior to the workshop start date, and will receive an 85% refund.
  • In the event a student must cancel attendance from a workshop within 15 business days prior to the start of the workshop this will be considered a withdrawal and the student will receive a 50% refund.
  • A withdrawal made within 4 business days of a class will NOT be entitled to any refund.

Please provide us with as much advance notice as possible for consideration. Beyond this, we cannot be held responsible for any cancellations outside of our control.

Unless otherwise stated, classes need a minimum of three students to run. In the off chance that a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be refunded 100% of your tuition. Tuition costs for cancelled workshops can also be transferred to other classes or workshops.

We are not responsible for any non-refundable travel costs (such as airfare, train tickets or accommodation costs). If you are traveling long distances or from out of state, we advise you to consider purchasing travel insurance as workshops may be cancelled or postponed due to low registration or other unforeseen circumstances.

Due to the intensive nature of our workshops, we cannot offer makeup sessions outside of workshop time or in future workshops. Instructors are not required to bring students up to date during scheduled workshop time for missed days or lateness.

Refunds will not be given for absences or no shows. *This includes any illness or absence related to Covid 19.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Reviews of Classes at Penumbra Foundation (8)

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  • How to Write an Artist Statement

    Reviewed by Linda S. on 9/29/2019
    I loved the instructor Liz! Fabulous person!
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Is this class just for photographers? Or would it be applicable for any creative medium?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! This class is suitable for all artists. Being a photographic organization, the school anticipate a lot of photographers, but they do know for certain they have a sculptor in class as well. Hope this helps!
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Penumbra Foundation

The Penumbra Foundation is a non-profit photographic arts organization whose mission is to bring workshops and greater education, lectures, and events to a diverse and evolving international photographic community. Our scope spans photography from its 19th century invention to the present age.


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