Artist CV example (template to edit) | Microsoft Word

Our two page artist CV template is a great example of how to write an artist CV. Following an entirely different format to that of a standard CV, it provides the perfect starting point for artists applying for exhibitions, residencies or other types of professional opportunity.

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  • CV ref: #213
  • File size: 314kb
  • File format: .docx (Microsoft Word CV template)
  • File name: Artist-CV.docx
  • Fonts required: Open Sans, Open Sans Extra Bold
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With a lovely crisp font, simple styling and an optional 'painted' background, this CV is easy to customise and easy-to-read.

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0115 9123456 | |
123, High Street, Nottingham NG1 234


Having displayed my work at a multitude of successful exhibitions and received international recognition, I am a seasoned artist who can present the world of nature in a fresh and unexpected way through oils using my own unique combination of colour and texture. My work allows me to explore new places and techniques, inviting you the viewer to see nature in a diverse, exciting and inspiring light.


2012 – BA Honours in Fine Art (2:1) | Lancaster University
2008 – 3 A Levels including Fine Art (A) | Lancaster College
2006 – 8 GCSES grade C and above including Art (A) | Lancaster Comprehensive


2010 – LUMAS, “Carol White: Oil on Canvas”, London UK
2009 – Gladwell & Patterson, “Depictions of Nature”, London UK
2008 – Gagliardi Gallery, “Nature Discovered”, Chelsea, London UK
2007 – Clarendon, “Carol White: Back to Nature”, London UK


2010 – Dulwich Picture Gallery, “The Natural World”, London UK
2009 – Camden Arts Centre, “Rediscovering nature”, London UK
2008 – Marlborough Art Gallery, “A Secret Window”, London UK
2007 – Eden Fine Art Gallery, “Unlocking Nature”, London UK


“The Squirrel and her mother”, Guildhall Art Gallery, London UK (donated 2018)
“Badger me not”, Brun Fine Art Gallery, London UK (donated 2019)


“Meet Carol White”, Art Magazine, Volume 25, August 2019, pp 3-4
“An artist, her paints and the world”, Art and Culture, June 2015, pp 9-11


Oil Painter of the Year (nature), Brussels Art Association, August 2018
Nature Painter of the Year, Berlin Arts Society, September 2017
Up and Coming Artist of the Year, Art Magazine, August 2013


Arnold Art Society, Nottingham – joined 2008
Contemporary Art Society, London – joined 2017

Template details:

This two page artist CV template is very easy to use and edit to meet your needs. Here’s page two:

Artist CV template - page 2

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NB: If you find yourself unable to edit the text in this template, go to the DESIGN tab in Microsoft Word and click ‘Close header and footer’.

How to remove the background image

If you decide you’d rather not use a background image on your CV, simply:

  • Double click in the header area
  • Click once more to select the background image
  • Hit backspace / delete etc to get rid of the image

You could add a page border instead – here’s our video which explains how.

How to write an artist CV

An artist CV is very different from a regular CV. It should contain the following sections in reverse chronological order (i.e. most recent first):

  1. Name, contact information and website
  2. Bio (use this guide by Saatchi Gallery to inspire you)
  3. Education
  4. Details of exhibitions in which your work has been featured (state ‘solo’ or ‘group’, or split the two types up)
  5. Details of any collections in which your work has appeared (i.e. where it has been purchased for or donated to a collection)
  6. Details of any publications which you’ve been featured in or contributed to
  7. Details of any awards you’ve been nominated for or won
  8. Commissions (include year, organisation that commissioned the work and the subject)
  9. Residencies

Some of the above sections may not apply to you – if so, leave them off. We have not included every section in our sample CV but it is very easy to add more or edit those that are there.

Tip: If you have too many examples for a particular section, title it ‘Selected’ – e.g. ‘Selected Group Exhibitions’ and choose your most impressive, interesting work.

Tailor your artist CV

Although an artist CV is quite different from other types of CVs, the golden rule still applies : you MUST tailor each CV you send to the specific opportunity. This means focusing on information that is relevant to the opportunity and pruning out anything that is not.

Leave off irrelevant work experience

Work experience is very rarely relevant on an artist CV where the opportunity is typically to participate in an exhibition or take up a residency. Only include work experience if you are 100% sure it is completely relevant to what is on offer. For example:

  • If a residency included holding occasional workshops, teaching experience would be relevant.
  • If an exhibition required you to deliver lectures from time to time, lecturing or presenting experience would be relevant.

Even if you do include work experience, keep the details short and clearly set out its relevance to the opportunity.

Include photos as attachments

Rather than littering your CV with photos of your work or yourself, include these as attachments. This helps ensure your CV is kept for its intended purpose – to provide a concise overview of you and your work which can be read in just a few seconds.

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