One-Year Visiting Artist Position in Performance Art
The Art Department at Williams College seeks to hire a visiting artist whose work and teaching are based in performance to teach for a one-year term beginning in the fall of 2017. We define the performance genre broadly and welcome artists who engage bodily experience and live action, which may incorporate digital technology, social practice, conceptual practice, movement, sound, sculpture and dance. The ideal candidate will have breadth and knowledge of contemporary art as well as the history of performance art.
Minimum qualifications include an MFA in studio art or its equivalent, an active professional creative practice including a record of exhibitions and projects at the national level. Candidates should have a demonstrated ability and commitment to engage productively with students at all skill levels, and an eagerness to foster a vital role for performance-based practice within the context of a liberal arts college. Previous college-level teaching experience is preferred. The contract begins July 1, 2017 and expires June 30, 2018. Duties will include teaching two classes each semester and active engagement in departmental service.
We welcome applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the field, and applicants are encouraged to state in their cover letter how they will enhance the diversity of offerings and educational experiences if hired. Applicants should submit a cover letter that includes artistic and research interests, curriculum vitae, brief descriptions of two proposed courses (no more than one page), the names and contact information for three referees, and a portfolio by February 1, 2017. The portfolio should be limited to no more than 12 still images under 10MB each, and/or no more than 15 minutes of time-based documentation (the committee will review the first 5-minutes of time-based media during the initial portfolio review). Applicants should provide a correlated list providing didactics and brief descriptions of the artworks which includes direct links to time-based media. Please send requested information only. Extra materials will not be considered.
All materials should be addressed to Professor Michael Glier, Chair of the Performance Art Search, Art Department, and must be submitted through Interfolio, following this link: https://apply.interfolio.com/39326 All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. Further information is available here:http://dean-faculty.williams.edu/prospective-faculty/background-check-policy/.
Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. The college has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Please visit the Williams College website (http://www.williams.edu). Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.