I've always been open to learning new things but now and then I think I know it all and then get reminded that "it ain't so"! I ended up going to a workshop for writing artist's statements last night and was very pleasantly surprised. First of all, I've been writing artist statements for years (along with my bio and cv or exhibit list, whatever the galleries want) and pretty much thought I had it nailed. Even though I'm not that fond of artist statements and the like...I'm pretty much if the work doesn't sell itself then I don't want my words to sell it...and I think most artists feel that way but the "establishment" all want artist statements so there isn't much choice if you want to play their game.
But, as I said it was a most pleasant and interesting experience...I'm working on an artist statement I might actually like and I got to know some of the other folks in the class better(most of us knew each other by sight anyway just from being in the artistic community of a small town) and we ended up going a half hour over on a 4 hour workshop, which for some of us more mature folks, means a lot!