Artist in Residence (AIR) - Clay

Position Information

Position Information

Position Number 684010
Working Title Artist in Residence (AIR) - Clay
Job Title Artist
Department Craft Center Restricted
Job Type Part-Time
Job Purpose

The Artist in Residence (AIR) program provides a creative, residential environment for emerging professional artists and broadens student and faculty awareness of new approaches and techniques. The Craft Center’s mission is to offer the finest studio professional craft education through the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Certificate of Accomplishment and workshop programs, and to provide a regional cultural resource through the workshop, exhibition, and gallery programs.

Essential Functions

The AIR will work 20 hours per week overseeing studio upkeep and providing instructional support. Studio duties include maintenance, mixing glazes, firing kilns, and other studio tasks including managing the needs of the workshop program; maintenance and cleanup of clay studio, glaze pantry, glaze lab, and condition/use of kilns & equipment. The resident must produce a significant body of studio work while showing a high level of technical expertise and aesthetic merit. In consultation with the supervising faculty member, expectations of the residence’s studio work will be reviewed after arrival. Instructional assistance includes occasional teaching duties during faculty absence, periodic class demonstrations, participation in class discussions, and/or mid-term and final group reviews. During the Craft Center’s summer workshop season the AIR manages studio operations, facilities and inventory and ordering of supplies under supervision of the program manager.

Minimum Qualifications

MFA degree. Selection will consider the candidate’s potential artistic and professional growth within the residency, technical skills in studio and equipment maintenance, and potential for instructional support. General familiarity with clay materials, operation of clay mixers and pugmills, glaze mixing, electric and gas kiln firing and basic equipment maintenance.

Preferred Qualifications

Basic knowledge of hand power tools and construction/framing.

Work Hours

20 hours per week. One year appointment, August 20, 2018-August 19, 2019. The resident may be invited back for one additional year at the request of the Craft Center for a possible total of two years as a resident.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary A stipend of $1620.00 annually is provided, which is paid in monthly increments of $135 by direct deposit. This is a part-time grant funded position; its continuation is contingent upon future funding. Anticipated Vacancy.
Benefits Information

Residence in Craft Center housing is a required condition of employment. Single occupancy bedroom with private bath (whether married or single, cooking and lounge facilities are shared with other residents), individual studio space and 24 hour studio access are provided. Benefits include the accumulation of annual and sick leave on a prorated basis equal to the percentage of employment, and thirteen (13) pro-rated University holidays. Other benefits include pro-rated retirement, optional 401k, and educational benefits. Also, opportunities for additional employment through workshop and outreach programs may be available.

Posting Details

Posting Date 02/19/2018
Deadline Date
Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants are required to electronically upload a resume and provide contact information for three references. References will be contacted by committee members. Official transcripts required upon hire. Applicants are also required to submit digital images (10-12) in JPEG format either by mailed CD to Appalachian Center for Craft, 1560 Craft Center Drive, Smithville, TN 37166, Attention: Artist in Residence Application -Clay, or by, to, Attention: Artist in Residence Application – Clay or they can be attached to the application as a multiple page PDF file not to exceed 9 MB, under Multi Media. Submission of materials is the applicant’s responsibility. Applications without all required materials are incomplete and will not be considered. Review of applicants will begin March 14, 2018; open until filled. Questions can be directed to: Professor Vince Pitelka at or (931)372-6884.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts
  2. Multi Media
  3. Other Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have, or will you have by start date, a MFA degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear about this job opportunity?

    (Open Ended Question)