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Chair, Department of Sculpture and Extended Media

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmind, VA, United States

Deadline: 13 Jan 2020
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The VCUarts Department of Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia is seeking a dynamic chairperson to join and lead the department. Curators, arts administrators, artist/teachers and others working in arts nonprofits, academia, or related critical/theoretical disciplines are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will build strong and effective relationships throughout VCU’s academic communities while enhancing a culture of intellectual discourse, inquiry, and professional excellence. Applicants should be deft and equitable administrators with fiscal experience while balancing a deep interest and commitment to critical theory, contemporary studio practice and arts pedagogy. The Chair will be an enthusiastic advocate for the department, possessing interpersonal skills to engage and work with a large and diverse faculty, staff, and student body. The Chair will work toward broadening participation among members of underrepresented groups, leading the integration of inclusive perspectives into the culture and curriculum of the department.

The Department of Sculpture and Extended Media is led by a diverse and accomplished group of working artists. The program promotes a fluid exploration of the transformative possibilities of art within the context of the critical, socio-political, philosophical and technological conditions shaping the world today. The program offers MFA and BFA degrees with 12 graduate students and over 100 undergraduate majors in the department. The department is currently staffed with seven full-time faculty, an assistant chair, a fiscal administrator, and two full-time technical faculty. The Department occupies over 50,000 square feet of studio and shop space, and offers students an immersive learning experience, drawing from legacy techniques to the most progressive approaches to contemporary art making.
The Department is located in the Fine Arts Building housing the departments of Painting & Printmaking, Craft/Material Studies and Kinetic Imaging’s graduate studios, giving students constant opportunities for conversation and collaboration. VCUarts and the Department of Sculpture and Extended Media are also building vital and exciting interdisciplinary connections across VCU’s campus including the School of Engineering, the School of Medicine, the College of Humanities and Sciences, the School of Business and more. These relationships offer our students opportunities to explore interdisciplinary, inter-media, anti-disciplinary approaches to their artistic studies.

The Chair will build strong and effective relationships throughout VCU’s academic communities while enhancing a culture of intellectual discourse, inquiry, and professional excellence. The Chair will be deft and equitable administrators with fiscal experience while balancing a deep interest and commitment to critical theory, contemporary studio practice and arts pedagogy. The Chair will be an enthusiastic advocate for the department, possessing interpersonal skills to engage and work with a large and diverse faculty, staff, and student body. The Chair will work toward broadening participation among members of underrepresented groups, leading the integration of inclusive perspectives into the culture and curriculum of the department.

Review of applications begins January 13, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.

Application materials should be to the attention of Corin Hewitt, Associate Professor of Sculpture and Extended Media, co-chair of the search committee

Find all more details about the position, required qualifications and the application process HERE

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