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–
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 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.