The Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation (FVNMA) at School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position beginning August 2017. Candidates should be practicing artists who are exhibiting their work nationally or internationally. Artists in the early stages of their career, but with recent high profile work are encouraged to apply as well. The department is particularly interested in media artists working in innovative modes of long-form production. This work may be manifested in a variety of ways: feature-length narrative or non-fiction films, web-serials, episodic series, immersive environments and/or multi-screen installation. The genesis of the imagery is also open—from cinematic live action to digital animation and re-appropriation. This position represents a commitment to a theory-practice model with emphasis on innovation and experimentation in the production of challenging content in all modes of media art practice, methods of presentation, and forms of dissemination.
Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions and are commensurate with the level of the practice, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing. The ideal candidate will contribute to the diversity of the School by bringing a perspective, way of thinking, and/or a unique set of experiences that expand the intellectual conversations and artistic practices in the field.
The Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation began nearly a half century ago and has moved far beyond traditional approaches to the media arts, investigating the inherent possibilities in non-fiction and narrative film and video, installation, animation, computer-generated media, interactive art, curatorial work, and web-based projects. Today FVNMA is home to an award-winning faculty of artists, thinkers, curators, historians and media activists as well as a gifted group of undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. As one of the largest studio programs at SAIC, the FVNMA department has nine full-time and more than twenty part-time faculty members with a very broad range of expertise.
Closely associated with FVNMA are several important organizations and programs. Conversations at the Edge (CATE), a series founded by FVNMA in 2001 and held at the Gene Siskel Film Center, is a major meeting place in Chicago for the international media arts community. The Video Data Bank (VDB), one of the leading resources in the United States for videotapes by and about contemporary artists, is located on campus, where it maintains both analog and digital archives, actively engages in the preservation of video art works, commissions critical texts that contextualize artists’ work, and oversees the publication of curated programs and artists’ monographs. The Siskel Film Center is one of the country’s premiere screening venues dedicated to festival series that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures, premieres of trailblazing work by independent filmmakers, restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and insightful, provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists. And finally the Art Institute of Chicago’s Stone Gallery, housed in the museum’s Modern Wing, showcases the world-class collection of film, video and new media by an international array of contemporary artists. Further information about the department can be found at http://www.saic.edu/academics/departments/fvnma/
Full-time faculty in FVNMA are committed to educating both undergraduate and graduate students through studio courses and seminars designed to develop conceptual, critical and technical knowledge and skills. The ideal candidate should have advanced proficiency in one or more areas of the media arts and be adept in creating a positive, yet critical and inventive learning environment in the classroom. In addition to teaching, all faculty participate in curricular initiatives, designing new courses, and reevaluating instructional pathways in the department. The successful candidate must be capable of performing administrative duties, and provide vision and direction as the department chair on a rotating basis.
MFA in filmmaking, video, new media and/or animation or other relevant field of study or equivalent terminal degree preferred. Applicants must have an active professional practice with a significant exhibition history, a commitment to teaching media production, and ample teaching experience.
By or before Friday, December 16, 2016 please submit application materials at http://SAICfaculty.slideroom.com. You will be asked to create an account after which time you may complete the application comprised of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. SAIC will underwrite the application fees; you will not be charged to apply for the position. You are encouraged to begin the application well before the deadline. No applications may be submitted beyond the deadline for any reason.
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Please convert all word documents into PDFs before uploading. Required files to upload include: cover letter stating interests and qualifications; curriculum vitae; artist statement; statement of teaching philosophy; and portfolio of creative work and support materials or other documents as appropriate.
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