Do you hate writing about your work?

Do you struggle with your artist statement?

Do you have an exhibition proposal you have been wanting to write?

Can't find the words for what you really want to say?

This is a series of individualized consultations and exchanges aimed at helping you create anew or revise

  • artist statements,
  • conceptual talking points, exhibition proposals,
  • interview responses,
  • or other descriptive or critical writings you might like to get started on or further along.

Paul will assist you with developing or refining the formal vocabulary you use to talk about your work with your audiences, and will help you to craft clear, meaningful writings that will be of variable use to you personally and professionally.

What to expect:
  • We will work together virtually, one-on-one, and our exchanges will involve an initial round of feedback and editing, over email, regarding the text you’d like to develop or workshop, along with a review of a portfolio of selected images you provide.
  • This will be followed by a phone or Zoom call to discuss things further, then another round of email exchanges, and then another phone or Zoom call to wrap things up.
  • We will work together somewhat casually and at your own pace, perhaps over the course of several weeks, or I will provide a structured timeline for you.

“Incorporating a writing practice into your work in the studio will leave you well prepared for exhibits and applications. It will also help you to see your work more critically, and even to learn more about yourself as an artist. I’m looking forward to helping you get this practice underway.”

Our exchanges will leave you with a fresh or refined piece of writing about your work, and an expanded set of terms and concepts for you to use to talk about your studio practice with confidence in various contexts. If you don’t have a specific text in mind you’d like to work on, our exchanges can be simply geared toward portfolio review, discussions of work, and the development of a strong set of conversation notes regarding key concepts, sources of inspiration, and other points of interest in your art, all of which will leave you better prepared for studio visits, artist talks, group critiques, and art writings later on.

"I worked with Paul on a special writing project and found him to be insightful, creative, generous, and accessible through several edits. I encourage artists to work with him on any writing that needs to be done."

-Lisa Pressman


Q: Who is this for?

A: This is for all artists who need, or want assistance in writing about their work, or what they want to communicate in regard to their work.

Q: I have more questions. How do I reach you?

A: Email me at [email protected]

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About Paul

Paul D’Agostino, Ph.D. is an artist, writer, translator and curator. He works with the MFA program at The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture as writing and thesis advisor, and he is a regular visiting critic and instructor for several other MFA programs and art residencies. He also teaches writing workshops, is a translator among various languages, and writes about art, literature, and film on a freelance basis. More information about him is available here, and you can find him as @pauldagostinostudio on Instagram.