Artist Interview Form and Instructions

VA Artist Interview Form and Instructions


  Your interview must be with an artist whose work you have seen and hopefully admire.  The artist you select must be showing, selling, or using their work to make at least 50% of their living from their art–not a hobbyist.  

You may interview someone you know as long as you have seen work by this artist.  Do not interview a family member or close friend.    If you see an artist’s work that interests you at a gallery, speak to gallery personnel and identify yourself as a VA student from DSA.  Explain your assignment and ask them if they can put you in contact with the artist by phone, e-mail or web-site.  Call or e-mail the artist as soon as possible, sometimes it takes a while for them to respond.     It may take a few tries to locate an artist who is willing to participate.  Most artists are very willing to help you as they all were students at one time themselves!   If they agree, arrange to ask your interview questions verbally on the phone, in person, or via e-mail.    You can easily contact artists all over the world via their web pages.  Late work follows department policy.

  Write your interview in essay form; do not include the questions.  Have a strong opening and closing sentence.  
Cover all of the following questions in your essay and include some of your own .
  Type your essay with your name and date at the top.   Title the essay “An Interview with ________”  
Include the artist’s contact information (phone and/or e-mail.  Explain how you found, met or contacted this artist and where you first saw their work.
 Describe the artist’s general subject matter, style and media at the beingining of your essay.
  Minimum length: 1.5 pages in 12 pt. font, 1.5 spacing

Required Questions:

  1. How long have you been a working artist?
  2.  What media do you prefer and how did you come to use it as your primary one?
  3. Did you go to art school, if so where?
  4. Do you have graduate degrees?
  5. When did you first become interested in art?
  6. Were you making art in high school?
  7. How did you get involved with a gallery?
  8. How do you show your work if not in galleries?
  9. Where do you get ideas for your art?
  10. Do you sketch from life.  What kid of research do you do?
  11. What percentage of your income do you make from art?
  12. How else do you make your living if not solely fro your art?
  13. How do you determine prices for your art?
  14. Do you have any advice for someone in high school who is studying art?
  15. Where were you born?
  16. Where do you live now?
  17. Does the place you live influence your art?