Many artists feel intimidated at the thought of writing a good cover letter to go with samples of their artwork.
A cover letter is essentially a brief summary of your resume and generally contains three to four paragraphs. There should be no spelling errors and written as it should be written; from you, not your agent or an imaginary third person (unless you have an agent or an imaginary friend) Here are a few points to consider and a sample to give you a guide:
- Find out the name of the person it should be written to , don’t be too familiar,(unless they are a friend) use full names not first names.
- Begin with an introduction of who you are and why you are sending samples of your work.
- Briefly describe what you do and your current notable achievements.
- Highlight information such as your degree, recent awards and any recent achievements.
- Briefly describe your artwork. Keep to the point!
- Offer to send additional materials if they are required or arrange a face to face review of your work. If materials are to be returned to you, mention that you have included a self-addressed stamped envelope for their return.
- If the gallery is allowed to keep your materials, CV included; mention that as well.. Be sure to include a “thank you”.
- Make sure you hand sign your printed letter, stick to one style of font for all your materials, CV, notes ect.