Questions from Artists: On Listing Donations On An Artist’s CV

I recently received this question from artist John Vasilou. You can view his Saatchi portfolio here: saatchiart.com/jvasiliou. John gave me permission to share his question with my blog readers–

Hello Marie,

I appreciate your email updates and your wealth of knowledge as an art consultant, and for that reason, I wanted your opinion as to listing ‘artwork donations’ on a résumé, especially if it’s extensive?

Look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks kindly,
John Vasiliou

Thanks for your question, John. In my opinion, an artist’s résumé or CV should be basic and compact. Don’t include too much information. You may want to have a category for your eduction, exhibitions, and the collections your work is in. There is no need to list how your artwork came to be in any particular collection, public or private. That’s too much information and often considered confidential. Often artists will only list private collectors by state or country and not list the name of the collector who purchased their work. Artists should get permission to publicly list the name of a collector. Since an artist’s résumé or CV is usually available for viewing at an art gallery exhibition, museum exhibition, or online gallery, the artist must be aware of their collector’s wishes regarding using their name.

Artist comments are welcome on this topic.

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4 thoughts on “Questions from Artists: On Listing Donations On An Artist’s CV

  1. Thought the term resume and CV are sometimes used interchangeably, they are NOT the same. A resume can be any length but very often is an abridged summary of your professional experience or career. A CV is a comprehensive document of your professional experience. Document everything on your CV. A CV would be needed for rare situations like applying for tenure at an academic institution.
    Here are links to more information:

    Ingredients for success – your resume.
    http://askharriete.typepad.com/ask_harriete/2009/12/title-2001materialsartist-photo-credit-philip-cohenmore-info—-dear-harriete—–have-you-covered-how-to-compose-a-c.html
    Resume – Ready, Set, Go!
    http://askharriete.typepad.com/ask_harriete/2010/10/resume-ready-set-go-.html

    Ask Harriete: Resumes – How much is too much info?
    http://askharriete.typepad.com/ask_harriete/2008/03/resumes.html

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    • When I lived in the Asian countries of India, Japan, and China, those who spoke English as a second language had difficulty with the word resume (to begin again) and resume (document). It seems to me that there was a time when resume(document) was more commonly used than CV. Now, I find that CV is more commonly used. As the English language fast becomes the international language of choice for more and more people to learn, I think CV will be more internationally used.

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  2. John Vasiliou says:

    Hi Marie, Thanks for the update… good info for me, and for other artists as well.  Enjoyed the video of Rosemarie Fiore… some wonderful imagery through pyrotechnics. Who would’ve thought you could achieve such beauty/complexity with that medium! Best, John Take care Artist Marketing Resources <comment-reply@wordpress.com> wrote:

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    mariekazalia posted: “I recently received this question from artist John Vasilou. You can view his Saatchi portfolio here: saatchiart.com/jvasiliou. John gave me permission to share his question with my blog readers–
    Hello Marie,
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