Assistant Professor—Painting and Drawing

Assistant Professor—Painting and Drawing

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

Group critique with work by GM Keaton (MFA 2020). Photo: Noah Simblist. Courtesy VCUarts Painting and Printmaking.

December 11, 2020
Assistant Professor—Painting and Drawing

Application deadline: January 22, 2021
Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts
325 North Harrison Street
Box 842519
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2519
United States

T +1 804 828 2787

The VCUarts Department of Painting + Printmaking seeks a colleague for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The ideal candidate will be an artist, dynamic teacher, and broad thinker who is deeply connected to the practices and discourses of contemporary painting and drawing. We are seeking someone who wants to thoughtfully contribute to the progressive spirit of an established fine arts program. The successful candidate will be well versed in contemporary issues in painting and drawing and will offer students a framework through which these discourses and practices can be addressed. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to pedagogical projects and coursework that supports an inclusive, diverse, and accessible experience for all students. Additional interdisciplinary opportunities are available for an engaged colleague.

VCU and VCUarts
As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion - an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence. As a top-ranked public university arts and design graduate school in the country by US News and World Report, VCUarts is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural and open environment. Those who have experiential learning through lived experiences and/or professional services that inform worldviews and/or perspectives about minority group status, to include race, age, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and disability are encouraged to apply.

VCUarts in Richmond, Virginia offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate degrees in design, fine and performing arts, art history, and art education, with a unique emphasis on creative immersion. Far more than receiving simply an education or preparation for a career; students leave VCUarts with the practical, professional and personal skills needed to make a life in the arts, no matter how they define it. That is why VCUarts’ programs emphasize both doing and knowing: why the majority of its faculty are working artists, designers, scholars, and performers and why they encourage students to take advantage of the many academic and intellectual opportunities that come with being part of a research university. Today, VCUarts graduates can be found throughout the academic and professional fields and have been recognized with everything from Emmys to MacArthur Fellowships. Read more about VCUarts.

Major responsibilities
Candidates should be able to teach painting and drawing at multiple levels, and will be expected to develop curriculum within a Painting + Printmaking department and engage in interdisciplinary avenues of collaboration.

Candidates should demonstrate a practice, and a teaching methodology, that addresses painting in the expanded field, overlapping with other media such as sculpture, installation, lens-based practices, digital technologies, design, or craft and material studies. Candidates should be equally fluent in contemporary painting discourse and multiple forms of studio practice. Candidates should be able to balance the conceptual, aesthetic and technical potential of the discipline, including the politics of representation.

Required qualifications:
–MFA or equivalent professional experience and/or training that equates to an MFA.
–Active artistic practice.
–Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
–Significant reputation in the field.
–Demonstrated effectiveness in studio critique.
–Minimum of one year of teaching experience beyond graduate school.

To apply, please submit application materials via VCU eJobs at Only electronic applications submitted via eJobs will be accepted.

Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to providing accessible and equitable living, learning and working environments free from discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or disability.

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