Artist-in-Residence Fixed Term

  • Deadline:
    Dec. 15, 2020, 2:12 p.m.
  • Location:
    East Lansing, MI |

Michigan State University’s Department of Art, Art History, and Design (AAHD) seeks applicants for one nine-month residency position for an artist or designer who engages critically with issues of race through creative practice. This visiting faculty program invites artists and designers to present a solo exhibition and/or substantial participatory project that is developed and executed during their time in residence. Artists/designers representing a range of practices and disciplines are encouraged to apply, with an emphasis on innovative inter- or cross-disciplinary research.

The position is open rank (Assistant/Associate/Professor); early, mid-career, and established artists/designers, including international applicants and those seeking research or sabbatical leave are encouraged to apply. Rank of hired candidate will commensurate with experience.

The position is explicitly designed to catalyze connections across the department, college, and community in order to further critical discussions of identity on the MSU campus. Of particular interest are artists/designers with a record of work that engages with historical and systemic experiences of the racially marked body, that explores the structural inequalities of the present, or that engages at the intersection of race and gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity or religious identity. Disciplinary orientation is completely open within the broad categories of art practice and design. Artists/designers should be eager to work across disciplinary divides to collaborate with other faculty in AAHD, MSU’s College of Arts and Letters, or other colleges as well as a wide array of students.

Artists/designers will be in residence for the full academic year (August 16, 2021–May 15, 2022), with duties including an exhibition and/or participatory project; a 1-1 teaching assignment that includes a special topics course on critical approaches to race through creative practice; ad-hoc advising of M.F.A. students; and at least one public lecture. Office or studio space and research funds will be provided.

Minimum Requirements
Applicants should hold an MFA, PhD, or equivalent terminal degree and have experience teaching at the college level, as well as an established record of creative practice.

Required Application Materials
Applications should include:

1. A statement of interest describing qualifications, experience, and short description of proposed courses;
2. Curriculum vitae;
3. Portfolio of creative works in .pdf format, including links;
4. 1-2 page proposal for creative work to be completed during the residency;
5. Contact information for three letters of recommendation;
6. A summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence.

Special Instructions
All applications for this position must be submitted electronically at the Michigan State University Human Resources website Posting # 677857

Review of applications will begin December 15, 2020 and continue until position is filled.

For inquiries regarding the position contact Rebecca Tegtmeyer, Chair, Search Committee (