Art Foundation, Fine Arts | Assistant Professor

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts
Position F21040
Full-time, 9-month tenure-eligible position beginning August 16, 2017
Application Review Begins: January 16, 2017, and continues until position is filled.

The Art Foundation Program is one of 16 departments within the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. Admission into the Program is highly competitive, attracting a diverse and talented, national and international student body. The department’s innovative curriculum prepares first year art and design students to enter one of the School’s ten art and design majors upon completion of the Program: Art Education, Communication Arts, Craft/Material Studies, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Kinetic Imaging, Painting + Printmaking, Photography and Film, or Sculpture + Extended Media.

For more information about the Art Foundation Program and the School’s art and design departments: http://arts.vcu.edu/programs/

Located in Richmond, Virginia, VCU is an ethnically and culturally diverse urban institution with an enrollment of over 32,000, including 3000 students in the School of the Arts. VCUarts is the #1 rated public university school of art and design in the country by U.S News & World Report, with the top ranked Sculpture MFA program overall. We are located on the university’s 75-acre Monroe Park campus situated in Richmond’s historic Fan District. The school’s newest facility, the recently renovated Depot Building, houses a state of the art sound studio with motion capture capabilities, a 6,000 sq. ft. interdisciplinary research space and a new student art gallery. The VCU Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), designed by award-winning architect Steven Holl, is poised to open to the public in 2017 and will be dedicated to flexible and responsive exhibitions and performances that examine art, design, and performance from multiple interdisciplinary perspectives (ica.vcu.edu). VCUarts is within walking distance to the Richmond Arts District and the nationally recognized Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is one mile from campus. VCUQatar (qatar.vcu.edu), the university’s first international branch campus, is located in Doha, Qatar and serves students from more than 25 nationalities in design, visual arts, and art history.

The Opportunity:

VCUarts is seeking a dynamic three-dimensional contemporary artist, engaged colleague, broad thinker, and enthusiastic teacher with the acumen to effectively teach first year art and design students and upper level and graduate fine art students.  The successful candidate will be an accomplished, versatile artist with expertise in contemporary three-dimensional approaches, concepts, techniques, and critical issues as they pertain to art and design.  Based in the Art Foundation Program, and directly affiliated with a fine art major department, this Arts Faculty member will teach courses in Art Foundation, including, Space Research, an introductory art and design, three-dimensional studio course, and upper level undergraduates and graduate courses in a major fine art department to be determined by the successful candidate’s area of specialization. Additionally, the successful candidate will oversee the Space Research studio area, mentoring faculty and aiding with the course’s ongoing curricular development, working alongside the Director and faculty who oversee the other three core studios: Surface Research, Time Studio and Drawing Studio.  Experimentation, conceptual development, critical thinking and making skills, and an interdisciplinary attitude, are some of main curricular emphases of the Program. The successful candidate will engage in the ongoing conversation, and future curricular planning, for the future evolution of first year art and design education and within their area of three-dimensional fine art expertise.

This Arts faculty position will serve on Department, School, and /or University committees; maintain and build an active practice; manage and facilitate the Space Research studio area, and work collaboratively with members of the department and School of Arts to foster a progressive atmosphere for exploring the arts. The ability to communicate with students on multiple levels, and from multiple media areas, and eagerness to teach and develop both first year and upper level study is essential. The faculty member will be required to have an established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding, as appropriate, and potential for scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the department. The faculty member must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Qualifications:

  • MFA and/or equivalent professional training and experience.
  • Teaching experience required; college/university teaching beyond graduate school level
  • Familiarity with contemporary art history and theory.
  • Proficiency in teaching a wide range of aesthetic, conceptual, and technical aspects of three-dimensional art.
  • Ability to teach contemporary introductory art and design concepts, techniques and skills to first year arts students.
  • Evidence of national/international career profile and active exhibition record.
  • The faculty member must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Application Process:

Submit the following application materials via VCU eJobs at vcujobs.com:

-Cover Letter

-Artist Statement

-Statement of Teaching Philosophy

-CV/Resume

  • Include at least four professional references familiar with the applicant’s record as an instructor, and/or creative professional, including names, addresses, and phone numbers—no letters—(references will not be checked prior to candidates’ approval)
  • Link to website if available

-Portfolio of work

  • 20 images of your professional/creative work
  • 20 images of student work
  • Slide list, including description of student work assignments, if applicable
  • For video: upload to http://vimeo.com/ and include link on your slide script – 3 minute maximum.
  • Link to your own website if available with the work samples listed above.

Only electronic applications submitted via VCU eJobs will be accepted.

The Cover Letter, Artist Statement and Statement of Teaching Philosophy should be submitted as one PDF in the “Cover Letter/Letter of Application” section in eJobs; the CV/Resume should be submitted as a PDF in the “Curriculum Vitae (CV)” section of eJobs (including references and a link to a professional website if being included); and the Portfolio of work samples should be submitted as one PDF in the “Other Document” section in eJobs, or, due to file size limitations, applicants can include a link to a website, in a PDF, that documents the requirements of the portfolio of work.

Review of applications begins January 16, 2017 and continues until the position is filled.

To read more about VCUarts, visit:

https://www.arts.vcu.edu/

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.

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