Slide Sheets and Labeling

The Slide Sheet

The slide sheet is simply a detailed (and often more legible) way of identifying your work. It need not be fancy, just clean and simple is best for this document. The sheet should have a heading similar to the one you will put on a resume, with the slides listed in the same order they appear in your plastic sleeve or carousel. Each piece should have dimensions, media, and date of execution listed in that order- the same order you will use in labeling your individual slides. Consistency is king.

Your Name

Your address line 1

Your address line 2

Your area code and phone #, alternate #


Slide Information Sheet

1. "It's Decided" 44" x 55" Mixed 2005

2. "Undecided" 44" x 55" Mixed 2004

3. "Marvelous" 66" x 44" Mixed 2004

4. "I Can't Stand It" 128" x 140" Mixed 2003


Mixed Media includes glue, rope, and human remains


Whenever you provide dimensions for a work of art, you must use the following conventions:


1. Location. If the work is part of an important collection, a site-specific piece, a building, etc., you should indicate the location.

2. Destroyed. If the work has been removed or destroyed, that should indicated.

From the CAA Guidelines for slide labeling:

Slide Labeling

Slides are hard to write on, hard to stick labels on, and are just such an all around pain I can't wait for them to disappear. But they are still the choice of many graduate programs, residencies, grants, and so on, so you should know how to deal with them.

If you have a cardboard mount (which you probably don't): Thank the heavens because you can actually write legibly on cardboard and labels stick to it. A cardboard mount can also be stamped or embossed, which will cost a little more but look so pretty.

If you have plastic mounts: Join the rest of us. You' ll have to try your hardest to write well on that little bumpy surface- a good practice for the already frustrated artist. You must provide your name, (your address is optional) title, dimensions, medium, date of completion, and notations indicating the slides' correct orientation for the viewer. Good luck!

The cheapest and best looking way to do this is with a label, which everyone uses except some programs, such as the Art Institute of Chicago, will not allow. Try Avery's # 8167 labels- and get them done on a laser printer.

After you put your information on the slides, you will need to prepare them to the specifications of the opportunity you are applying for. Sometimes an arrow in the upper right, others a red dot appears in the lower left, a slide number on the upper left. Only put this information on as you are preparing your packet, as the next opportunity you apply for may have very different parameters. See the diagram below...

slide diagram