Writing an Artist Statement

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Writing an Artist Statement


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Instructor: Katarina Marchant
Dates: Tuesdays 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, April 17 and 24, 2018.
Location: PhotoMidwest, 700 Rayovac Dr., Suite 212, Madison WI. ADA accessible.
Free convenient parking in our adjacent parking lot.
Class size: Maximum of 12. Minimum enrollment of 4.


An artist statement is the manifesto of the work and with that comes fear, annoyance, frustration, and excitement from the artist when tasked with writing. The goal of this course is to become better at writing artist statements. Each week we will be completing exercises in writing and reviewing each other’s work to help create successful statements.


Sample of work (5-10 printed images you want to write about).
Bring an artist statement about one or more of your sample images to the first class.
Writing tool (paper, tablet, or stone and chisel)

Class Description:

Week 1
Student introductions
Portfolio review
Why write art state
What art state is and is not
Types of statements
Styles of art state
Considerations for statement

Week 2
Exercise in writing art state
Review and edit draft 2
Where to put art statement
Finalizing statement


 Katharina Marchant. All rights reserved by Katharina Marchant.

Katharina Marchant. All rights reserved by Katharina Marchant.

Katharina Marchant is a photographer who recently moved to Madison. Due to her experiences growing up in the military her work centers around cultural identity. Since becoming a mother in 2013 she has expanded her work to include motherhood and identity. She currently teaches photography and art history for the University of Maryland and looks forward to pursing new photographic opportunities around Madison. Katharina has a BA in painting from University of Nevada, Las Vegas and an MFA in photography from Utah State University. Her website is katjamarchant.wordpress.com.


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In the rare case an entire class must be cancelled by PhotoMidwest, all students will receive a full refund. Partial cancellation of a single class session will typically be addressed via a rescheduled session, not a partial refund of fees.


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