It’s that time again and we have opened up applications for new artists! If you’re a photographer, filmmaker, mixed media artist, or working with a lens in any medium, we’re looking to see your work!
Recently we have been asked for tips and tricks on how to fill out your artist application, as well as things to consider while doing so.
We’ve put together this guide to help you out during the process!
This is your time to introduce yourself. It will be the first part of the application that the curatorial team reads, so consider this your “elevator pitch”. If you already have a website for showcasing your work, chances are you’ve already written an artist biography. If not, you may want to consider the following points to start:
- Who you are
- Where you are based
- Central themes in your work
- How long you’ve been producing work for
- Exhibition opportunities or private collections, if applicable
- Art education, if applicable
- Primary influences as an artist
Try to keep it short and sweet. You don’t have to list every exhibition opportunity in the artist bio, leave that for the artist CV section. This is simply an overview of who you are. For example:
Kristina is a photographer living and working in NYC. Creating work since 2011, she captures candid portraits exploring themes of human curiosity and mischief, resulting in emotionally charged images. Kristina completed her arts education at the New York School of the Arts and now teaches students full-time.
Tara is an artist just breaking through the photography scene. Completely self-taught, Tara has been creating work since 2017, and has since been awarded by the International Photography Awards as well as the Sony World Photography Awards. Tara creates self-portraiture from her bedroom with available light, and strives to show how accessible photography can be as a medium.
This is the opportunity to share your work with the team. Have a website, a Behance, or any other platform that shows the breath of your work? Share it here. Select work that shows an overview of your style. The purpose of the portfolio is so the team can grasp an understanding of your aesthetic, and can determine if the work fits the platform.
One way to present your portfolio is creating online “galleries” to showcase different bodies of work. For example, creating separate pages for projects on your website. Check out how photographer James Fox does this below.
An artist CV is your calling card. It is a history of education, exhibitions, collections, awards, and more. If you don’t currently have an artist CV, but have completed any of the following, you may want to start building one for future opportunities and not just the Ephimera application:
- Solo and group exhibition opportunities
- Collections (Including crypto-art)
We acknowledge that due to the nature of the cryptoart space, many artists are self-taught and may not have enough information to fill out an artist CV – and that is okay! This part of the application is mainly for those who do have one readily available, or would like to make one. Having an artist CV on-hand is always a fantastic thing, as the majority of art organizations and institutions will request one when submitting work for an exhibition, or applying for an arts opportunity.
Upcoming Artwork and Descriptions
Finally, we would like to see what you’re thinking of minting on the platform! Show us your platform genesis piece! We realize that nothing is set in stone, but if it’s a work that really catches our eye, that might just be the selling point of your application.
We recommend composing images into a Google Drive or Dropbox link, but please remember to edit your sharing permissions to “anyone with the link” if you choose to go this route! Your application may be delayed or denied if the team cannot access your provided information.
You can even create a Word or Google Docs document with the descriptions of each artwork, so that everything is contained in the same file sharing link.
Some Final Things to Remember
How do we rate applications? Applications are rated through a scoring system based on aesthetic value, conceptual strength, and activity. Each application is scored by individual members of the curatorial team and then tallied to make a decision. So if you’re concerned about the strength of your artist CV, maybe the concept behind your work is strong enough to give your application a higher score. This may be worth taking into consideration when filling out your application.
We cannot comment on the status of your application or respond to status requests. If accepted, you can expect to receive an invitation within one month of your submission date. We have been receiving extremely high volumes of applications, and as a result are unable to respond to all applicants. We thank you for your patience as we sort through each and every one! If you do not hear back within one month we will keep your application on file in case we have greater capacity to welcome more artists in the future.
Try not to leave any fields empty. We have turned away artists in the past for failing to provide information about their application. If information cannot be provided for any reason, try to explain why. We cannot score an application if multiple fields are left empty and the application will be denied.
Remember to make all your links accessible! To prevent any delay in the status of your application, please make sure all Google, Dropbox, and file sharing links are open and do not require permission to access.
We hope this helps in clarifying some aspects of the artist application! If you have any further questions after reading this, please join our Discord server. Good luck!