Cranbrook Academy of Art, ranked nationally as one of the top ten programs in graduate art education, seeks a new leader for the Print Media department. The successful Print Media candidate should demonstrate a strong record as a professional artist at the highest level in the field, have teaching experience at the graduate level and strong interpersonal and communication skills to lead the department of 15 students.
Cranbrook Artists-in-Residence are the singular leaders of their departments. They are given the autonomy to determine the department’s pedagogy and the responsibility for its success. At Cranbrook, Artists-in-Residence are not typical faculty members. They are full-time artists and designers who live on campus, and whose personal studios are located within their departments. During the academic year, September-May, the Artist-in-Residence mentors 15 graduate students in a collegial environment including nine additional departments: 2D Design, Architecture, 3D Design, Ceramics, Fiber, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography and Sculpture. Within the Department, each Artist-in-Residence selects their students, guides the development of each individual and nurtures a productive and interactive environment. The degree program culminates in an exhibition and written masters-statement approved by the department head.
Candidates for this position must be unusually well qualified to provide open, independent learning, resulting in rigorous production, critique and discussion, and inspire research, innovation and experimental paradigms. It is anticipated that the Artist-in-Residence will also advocate the program via the web, publication and national/international lectures as an active component of recruiting future students.
Cranbrook is not simply a graduate program; it is a community of artists and designers, living and working together on a campus that was designed specifically for that purpose. Cranbrook Artists-in-Residence are provided with a private studio, housing on campus and benefits in addition to salary.
The Print Media Artist-in-Residence should respect the history of printmaking while embracing the visual and conceptual elements of the field through a wide-range of formats and methods, including new technologies. Conceptual models for Print Media should be characterized by an interdisciplinary, expansive approach that can be used as an open framework for building new visions that will evolve the future of the discipline. While success in the discipline may include a traditional image-based practice, the candidate should also demonstrate substantial understanding of electronic and/or digital media and new formats.
Candidates for this position must be working artists with a sustained record of peer recognition; a demonstrated commitment to college-level teaching; a Master’s Degree or higher; excellent communication skills and leadership skills; the ability to provide a productive and interactive learning environment; the capacity to make a significant contribution to their field and to the Academy.
Position commences September 2017.
Applications consist of two pieces: a single PDF document and a completed Cranbrook Faculty Application form.
The PDF should contain a cover letter, departmental philosophy, curriculum vitae and contact information for three references. It should also include a portfolio of the candidate’s work (20 images). The PDF should be labeled with FirstInitial.LastName.pdf
Applications received by October 15, 2016 will be given priority consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.