Artist and writer Philip Hartigan delves into his practice and the world of arts writing, sharing effective ways of soliciting writers, gaining coverage for your exhibitions, and anticipating interview questions.
“Writing as an artist is really important. We think of ourselves as purely visual people but really we still have to write. We still have to use words, whether that’s just writing a decent CV or resume, an application, a proposal, a letter, or an artist’s statement. You know, artists still are required to use words to talk about themselves. I think I just happen to have taken that several phases further.”
Philip Hartigan is Chicago-based artist, an arts writer for Time-Out Chicago and Hyperallergic, and a part time faculty member at Columbia College Chicago. Hartigan was born in northern England and grew up at an army base in Germany. He graduated from Cambridge University’s Clare College with a degree in English literature. He worked as a writer during his early 20s, before enrolling at Winchester School of Art for a master’s degree in visual art. After graduating, Hartigan lived in a number of countries in Western Europe before relocating to Chicago in 2002. Hartigan started writing a blog in 2009, Praeterita, which features a number of artist interviews and led to regular arts writing positions at both Time-Out Chicago and the popular arts blog Hyperallergic. At Columbia College Chicago Hartigan teaches classes in drawing and writing, and he also works as a freelance editorial and commercial writer. Hartigan’s work has been shown in a number of exhibitions, including at Mark Jason Fine Art, London; the Stockholm Independent Art Fair, Stockholm; the 7th Print Bienniel, Douro, Portugal; the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago; BRIDGE Art Fair, Miami; and Finestra Art Space, Chicago.