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Ohio Wesleyan University seeks candidates for the 2023-2024 Ebb and Teena Haycock Artist in Residence. Supported by the Ebb and Teena Haycock Public Art Fund, the residency supports BIPOC artists and artists from historically marginalized backgrounds in the creation of a public artwork for campus, while providing experience working and teaching in an academic setting. The Artist in Residence will be expected to develop, fabricate, and install a public sculpture for the Ohio Wesleyan campus. This year we encourage applicants whose work addresses environmental justice, sustainability, or climate change.
The 10-month residency begins in August 2023 and goes through May 2024. All projects must be fully installed and complete before commencement (the second Saturday in May). Artists are expected to relocate to the area for the course of the residency and maintain an on-campus presence. In addition to the creation of the public artwork, the Artist in Residence (AIR) will also be expected to teach up to three courses, including a course that involves students in the development of the public artwork.
Artists will be provided with studio space on the OWU campus and access to all of the workshops in the Fine Arts Department. Artists will receive a base salary and benefits, in addition to a budget to cover the cost of the sculpture. Artists will also have the option of a one-gallery exhibit at the Ross Art Museum in January-March of 2024. The Public Art Committee will be on hand to guide the artist on processes, timelines, and benchmarks necessary to complete their artwork.
Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong artistic vision for the final sculpture, ability to form partnerships with stakeholders across disciplines, the potential to be a strong teacher/mentor to undergraduate artists, and the skills required to lead their proposed project from concept to installation. We are particularly interested in candidates with creative ideas for how to involve students in the creation and/or fabrication of their work.
The Department of Fine Arts at Ohio Wesleyan University distinguishes itself from many small liberal arts colleges by offering BFA degrees in Studio Art and Art Education. The department offers excellent studio facilities in photography, printmaking, painting, ceramics, and sculpture (especially in metal). The Ross Art Museum is a vital resource center that provides exhibitions, a Permanent Teaching collection, and educational programming to the OWU community and audiences in central Ohio (owu.edu/ross).
Responsibilities and duties:
- Artist will teach two classes (in the fall semester) and one class in the spring semester
- Artist will develop, fabricate, and install a sculpture on campus during their residency. Artists are expected to work in close conversation with the Public Art Committee and the appropriate university departments.
- Public artwork must be completed/installed before commencement (the second Saturday in May).
- Artist will maintain a regular campus schedule and in line with university expectations for staff and adjunct faculty
- Artist is expected to actively engage with campus community through regular open studio hours, artist lectures, and collaborations with classes as appropriate.
- Applicant must be active and practicing artist, evident in resume or CV.
- We invite applicants whose practice can be characterized as sculpture, installation, land art, or social practice. Regardless of how the work is characterized the product must include e a physical artwork installed in a public space on OWU’s campus.
Preference will be given to artists who also meet the following criteria:
- Artist is living and/or working in Ohio, with consideration also given to artists working or living in the Midwest, Mid Atlantic, or Southeast.
Review of Applications will begin March 1, 2023. The first round of applicants will be invited to a Zoom interview. Two finalists will be invited to complete an on-campus interview and develop a full-proposal with accompanying budget.
Completed application packets will include:
- Letter of Interest: A description of your interest in/qualifications for the Ebb and Teena Haycock Public Art Residency. Two pages max.
- Current Artist Resume or CV
- Artist Statement: A written description of your artistic practice, philosophy, and/or themes found within your work. One-page max.
- 8-10 Work Samples: images of recent work created. Include a numbered list that corresponds to each of the submitted images/links. For each image, include the title, date, materials and a 1-2 sentence description of the work.
- References: List of 3 references, noting their relationship to you. Include email and phone number for each. (Letters of reference are not necessary)
WHAT WE OFFER: Ohio Wesleyan University offers a rewarding place to work! To discover why this should be your next work home, visit our website. Learn more about our benefits at Discover our Benefits. As an equal opportunity institution, OWU has a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. We do not discriminate on any basis including: race, religion, color, culture, national origin, sex and/or sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, economic barriers, or any other legally protected factor. NOTE: OWU requires COVID-19 vaccination of all employees. Candidates who accept offers of employment must be able to provide proof of their vaccination status.