Class Notes: Project #4 Cover Letter

Upcoming schedule:

  • M 12/10:
    • draft formal cover letter for Project #4
    • add 14th (and 15th) glossary entries
  • W 12/12:
    • Post complete draft of Project #4
    • Q&A about Project #4
    • Review for final exam
    • receive copy of final exam reading
    • draft FYLC writing response about adjusting to college
  •  Th 12/13
    • Project #4 due online
  • M 12/17:
    • Write final exam
    • Glossary Write-Up due
  • W 12/19:
    • Complete survey about ENG 1101/Ways of Seeing
    • Final presentations/critique/showcase of work (bring your Glossument book, please!)

Project #4 formal cover letter (questions? ask them here!)

Whether you’re submitting an application for a job or materials to be reviewed for submission to a gallery, or writing for publication, or any number of other things, you’re going to want to include a cover letter. For the purposes of this assignment, the cover letter is a business letter designed as a way to let the recipient know about your project and about you as a designer/artist/writer. As we’ve discussed, we’re writing some of the same information in each part of the project (gallery catalogue entry, didactic panels, and cover letter), but they’re each with a different purpose and a different audience in mind.

For the cover letter, we’re going to follow a template:


Your Address


Recipient’s Full Name
Recipient’s Title
Recipient’s Address

Salutation with Recipient’s Name: (note the colon not comma here)

I am writing to you to inquire about your gallery/museum/etc space and to propose an installation based on the work my classmates and I have compiled. I am a Communication Design student at New York City College of Technology studying…interested in… Together with my classmates, we have developed an installation entitled A Glossument. Inspired by Tom Phillips’s A Humument, this project…

[fill in blank areas]:

  • classes you’re taking
  • interests you have (could serve as transition)
  • what A Glossument is: altered book, using glossary entries, image and text
  • gives the books new meaning…rewrites, recasts, reimagines

Our installation includes….My work, in particular, [work in the name of your project]….Each piece to be displayed has already been prepared with appropriate didactic panels (see “Title 1,” “Title 2,” “Title 3,” and “Title 4,” as well as catalogue entries for my and each artist’s contributions.

  • explained more about what A Glossument is
  • technique
  • goals for the project
  • goals for the installation: what visitors would take away from seeing this work

My classmates and I hope that this installation is of interest to your (gallery/museum/etc). If I can answer any additional questions, please reach out to me at the address above. I look forward to your reply.

Sincerely yours,

Signature [don’t include your real signature!]

Your Name [ or your display name]


Glossary Write-Up

Your Glossary Write-Up will be due on Monday, 12/17. Follow instructions posted in the Glossary assignment information.

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