Visiting Professor/Artist in Residence in Sculpture

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Work type: Faculty Part-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty
Division: Arts & Humanities/Social Sciences

The School of Art and Art History at the University of Denver invites applications for a six-month Visiting Professor/Artist in Residence in Sculpture, beginning January through June 2025. The School of Art and Art History (SAAH) offers a BA and BFA in Studio Art, a BA in Art History, MA in Art History with a Museum Studies concentration option, and a BA, BFA, MA and MFA in Emergent Digital Practices. The Studio Program has 60 majors. The Art History program has about 20 art history majors and 30 MA degree students in art history, most with an added concentration in Museum Studies. SAAH also serves undergraduate students across campus in the common curriculum.

We are strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on its commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially diverse populations.

The University of Denver is a mid-sized University of about 12,000 graduates and undergraduates with average class sizes under 21 students and an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio. As the cultural center of the Rocky Mountain region, Denver has a wealth of institutional resources including the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art - Denver, the Clyfford Still Museum, the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts, and the Museo de las Americas. The School of Art has its own exhibition spaces including the Vicki Myhren Gallery, the Madden Museum, and the Davis Gallery. The University Art Collections seeks to build its holdings of work by artists who are historically underrepresented in institutional collections. Our current emphasis includes acquisitions of artwork by contemporary BIPOC artists with input from representative students, staff, and faculty.

The Sculpture facilities are fully equipped to support processes in wood, metal, mold making and casting, and more. The woodshop is equipped with a Saw Stop table saw, miter saw, sliding miter saw, three bandsaws, panel saw, scroll saw, planer, jointer, router table, drill press, edge sander, disc sander, spindle sander, downdraft table, and hand held power tools. The metal shop is equipped with oxygen/acetylene welding stations, MIG welders, plasma cutters, sheet metal shears, beverly shears, bench brake, three-cylinder metal roller, horizontal/vertical band saw, drill press, bench grinder, mobile oxy/ace forging rig, and hand held power tools. The mold making & casting studio is equipped to support rigid and flexible mold making processes in silicone, plaster, jellymold, and alginate as well as casting in resin, plaster, polymer-modified gypsum, wax, bioplastics, and more. Additional access to equipment for sewing, video, and projection is available.

Position Summary

We are seeking a dynamic exhibiting artist with an understanding of technical and conceptual issues, with knowledge of historical and contemporary practices, and a commitment to artistic imagination and education. The ideal candidate demonstrates experience and versatility in inclusive pedagogy. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion through their teaching and research.

Essential Functions

The Visiting Professor/Artist in Residence will teach one Sculpture Workshop course and one Advanced Sculpture course, as well as interact with SAAH students in the form of critiques and guest visits to classes. The remainder of the time will be spent working in the studio as a resident artist, producing a defined creative project that you will articulate in your application materials. At the end of the residency, the Visiting Professor/Artist in Residence will present their work in one public lecture and donate one work from the creative project to our University Art Collection. There is the opportunity to exhibit this body of work in a solo exhibition in one of our galleries.

Expenses such as art materials, supplies as well as housing in Denver are the Visiting Professor/Artist in Residence’s responsibility. During the timeframe of the residency, the expectation is that travel be kept to a minimum and the bulk of the time is spent in residence at DU working and being a creative and accessible presence in the SAAH.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Scholarly expertise in Sculpture.
  • Excellent undergraduate teaching skills with the ability to teach advanced undergraduate courses in Sculpture.
  • Ability to interact constructively with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students.
  • Excellent skills in oral and written communication.

Required Qualifications

  • MFA in Sculpture or related field by the time of appointment.
  • Demonstrated potential for teaching excellence in Sculpture.
  • Demonstrated potential as a dynamic exhibiting artist.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergraduate teaching experience as the sole instructor for the course.
  • Ability to work independently and fulfill teaching duties without assistance. · Evidence of commitment to, and experience in, promoting DEI and in using inclusive pedagogies.
  • Evidence of an active exhibition record.

Working Environment

1. Standard office, classroom, and studio environments.
2. Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule
This position is for two quarters, January 6-June 12.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 5:00 p.m. (MST) March 1, 2024.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $50,000

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

For full consideration, please include the following documents with your application:

1. A letter of application including your interest in and qualifications for this position and a proposal for the creative project that will be created and potentially exhibited during the residency.

2. Curriculum Vitae that indicates exhibition history and teaching experience. 3. A one-page statement of how the applicant can contribute to DU’s values, practices, and actions regarding diversity, equity and inclusivity.

4. Two brief course descriptions for the Advanced Sculpture Course.

5. Portfolio of artwork: A single PDF including 20 images, may include up to 3 video links (max length of 2 mins for each video.)

6. Contact information for three professional/academic references who will be emailed to upload letters of recommendation if required.

Please consolidate all application materials (including your portfolio) into one PDF document.

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non‑Discrimination‑Statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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