job posting: Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Ceramics

Concordia University’s Department of Studio Arts in the Faculty of Fine Arts invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Ceramics to begin August 1, 2019.

Position Description

As the only dedicated university-level program in Quebec and one of only seven in Canada, Ceramics at Concordia University is a fast-growing and dynamic program that promotes the development of new approaches and interdisciplinary exploration. Courses offer a strong material grounding while addressing a broad range of contemporary art practices including object-oriented, space and time-based approaches. This year the program received a major capital investment in state-of-the-art equipment and renovated facilities to increase firing capacity and facilitate innovation.

We are seeking applicants with an established practice in ceramic sculpture or installation. Candidates should demonstrate a strong understanding of both discipline-based and expanded approaches to ceramics, as well as a sound knowledge of art history and theory in ceramics and sculpture. The ideal candidate will have an advanced working knowledge of ceramic materials and processes, including expertise in hand-building and slip-casting techniques. Interest and experience in 3D digital fabrication would be considered advantageous. Since this position will play a strategic role in the ongoing development of new curriculum and research initiatives both inside and outside the Studio Arts Department, preference will be given to candidates with the strongest research-creation and exhibition record who demonstrate the potential to meet the steering and leadership goals of the program and the department.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in ceramics and graduate-level studio seminars in ceramics and sculpture, recruit and supervise graduate students, provide direction and leadership in the program and engage in administrative duties. Other responsibilities include the expectation to maintain an active professional practice and to participate in service within the larger university community.

Qualifications

Applicants should hold a MFA degree (or equivalent), have a strong exhibition/research record, a minimum of two years college and/or university teaching experience and administrative experience. Prior activities demonstrating leadership, service and commitment to diversity is strongly sought. Although courses are taught in English, fluency in French would be considered an asset.

About the Faculty and Department

With over 4,000 students, faculty, and staff, the Faculty of Fine Arts is among the five largest visual and performing arts schools in North America. Montréal, our home, is exceptional: with 170,000 university students, a vibrant cultural scene, and the most affordable tuition in Canada, the city ranks among the top ten best destinations in the world for tertiary education. While supporting a significant Anglophone population, Montréal is the second largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris. North America’s number one choice for international events and festivals, Montréal was the first metropolis to be designated a UNESCO City of Design by the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity. Nestled in the heart of this pulsing city, embraced by a dynamic research university, the Faculty of Fine Arts benefits from extraordinary access to brilliant practitioners, thriving venues, cross-cultural perspectives, and an extensive network of outstanding facilities for research and production.

Taking advantage of our place within the rich fabric of a research university and our long history as one of the premier sites in Canada for the study and creation of the arts and arts-based scholarship, the Faculty of Fine Arts is currently engaged in a transformative movement in which pedagogical, conceptual, theoretical, and material practices find resonance with a significant diversity of approaches. In our university community, we value equally those practices that embrace aesthetic activism, live performance, historical scholarship, technical experimentation, skills-based production, community fieldwork, as well as traditional and digital fabrication. At the heart of this dense array is the Department of Studio Arts, which, with more than 90 full-time and part-time professors who are among Canada’s most celebrated artists, occupies a significant place within the Faculty’s long-term plan to support both medium-specific training and multi-disciplinary experimentation. The internationally renowned MFA program has been active for over three decades and is one of the few to incorporate a third year for graduate students to prepare thesis work and transition into the next phase of their career. Attracting one of the most talented cohorts in the nation, undergraduate programs are offered in Ceramics, Fibres and Material Practices, Intermedia (Video, Performance and Electronic Arts), Painting and Drawing, Photography, Print Media, Sculpture and Studio Art.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted electronically as a single, multi-page PDF document to cera.hire@concordia.ca on or before November 15, 2018. Please name your document file using your last and first names only (e.g. “LastName, FirstName”). For video and/or other media files, please provide a link to a website in the PDF document. Submissions should include the following items in the order specified below:

  1. Cover Letter;
  2. Curriculum Vitae;
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy and interests;
  4. Research statement;
  5. Documentation of artwork (20 images);
  6. Evidence of teaching effectiveness (including course syllabi with assignments, student evaluations and 20 images of student work); and
  7. Names and contact information of three referees.

Short-listed candidates will be required to provide an attestation of terminal degree. All inquiries regarding this position should be directed to chair.studioarts@concordia.ca.

 


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Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position at the rank of Assistant Professor with a start date of August 1, 2019. Appointments at a more senior level may also be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Call for Artists | °Ceramic Artist Exchange – Tandem 2019 – Neumünster/Germany

Since 1987 there’s the artist house “Stadttöpferei”, based in the historical city centre of Neumünster, northern Germany. It is run by the Dr. Hans Hoch Foundation as a special place for art and artists for contemporary advanced ceramic art. The institution is evolving constantly and is characterized by numerous ceramic artists who have lived and worked here. Activities include regular exhibitions and workshops in the gallery or the International Ceramic Symposium, which took place in 2017 for the second time.

Due to the new internationally announced program “Ceramic Artist in Residence” that started in 2013, we offered the opportunity for young artists to live, work and exhibit at the residency house free of rent. This residency program were focused on dialog on contemporary positions of advanced ceramic art, intercultural exchange, as well as experiments with materials and audience.

Since 2016 there is the first time no age restriction and the exchange of different generations of artists is now central to the program “Ceramic Artist Exchange – Tandem”. For 2019, a jury will award 10 residencies to live and work here.

Conditions

This residency is designed to accomodate two artists from different generations (emerging / experienced) artists for 4 weeks free of charge and includes a well equipped ceramic studio, as well as a comfortable living space. The resident will be provided with basic materials and free electric kiln firings during the course of the residency. The studio space is open to the public during the day, artists are requested to be present and available for visitors giving them an insight into their creative process.

At the end of the residency a final public presentation in the form of a exhibition or performance, focussing on the work produced at Stadttöpferei, is expected. The artist also donate one representative work of art. It will be part of the final exhibition at the end of the residency year and the Stadttöpferei collection.

Application

Applications for the four-week stay in 2019 will be accepted latest until 29th September 2018. The residence program mainly supports artists who focussing on contemporary advanced ceramic art and who use clay as their primary material. The will for mutual exchanges and cooperation with the other older or younger fellow guest artist is a condition to apply. An age limit does not exist. This residency is only avaliable once for each artist.

Please submit the following (in english or german only):

– completed application form
– a maximum of 10 images of own works from the last three years, with details of title, material, size, in the form of high-resolution jpg files
– Vita, with details on education, exhibitions, awards and artist residencies
– written project proposal & informations about skills, experiences to share

Applications are accepted exclusively online via the application form you will find HERE on their website. For questions please contact info@stadttoepferei.de

Be aware, that incomplete or late applications may not be considered. The selection of artists is made by a jury. Within eight weeks after the application deadline, the artists will be informed of the outcome of the jury’s decision.

If you have questions, please read first the pratical informations and don’t hesitate to contact us.

The Artist in Residence program is funded by the Dr. Hans Hoch Foundation, the town Neumünster, the Foundation of Sparkasse Südholstein and the Wohnungsbau GmbH Neumünster.

Jury

– Dr. Susanne Schwertfeger, Institut of Art History, University of Kiel
– Johanna Göb, Head of the Cultural Office, City of Neumünster
– Carsten Hillgruber, Head of the Dr. Hans Hoch Foundation, 1st City Council, City of Neumünster
– Danijela Pivašević-Tenner, Artist and Artistic Director of the programme “Ceramic Artist in Residence” and „Ceramic Artist Exchange – Tandem“

 

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