Full-Time Visiting Artist in Sculpture

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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The sculpture department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a full-time, one-year visiting artist faculty position, beginning in August of 2020.

The Sculpture Department at SAIC encourages students to engage with a diverse range of time-tested as well as experimental processes and supports sustainable material engagement ranging from foundry work to living systems work in our laboratory garden. The department is committed to approaches both international and deeply local, supporting an economically and culturally diverse context for the study of sculpture. Faculty and students in the department practice sculpture at its broadest level of meaning and seek to expand and diversify the field. Further information about the department can be found at: http://www.saic.edu/academics/departments/sculpture


The Full-time Visiting Artist position is designed to allow a dynamic practitioner to bring a new perspective to the Sculpture department at SAIC based on the candidate’s thematic expertise and professional experience. The Visiting Artist shall teach 2 courses each semester within the core undergraduate and graduate curriculum of the sculpture department. In addition to their teaching load, the Visiting Artist shall also work with the Sculpture Faculty to administer and conduct ongoing and emerging curricular programming and initiatives. This shall include leading the Sculpture Dialogues colloquium, a bi-monthly critical forum for graduate students to engage with one another, faculty, visiting artists, critics, historians and other innovators. The Visiting Artist may also develop other pedagogical innovations specific to their interests and expertise. The Visiting Artist’s involvement with ongoing programs and with other new initiatives is a significant aspect of the position and shall be equivalent in hours and substance to a third course.


A master’s degree (MA or MFA) in sculpture, or a terminal degree in a relevant field of study is preferred. Teaching experience is preferred. The sculpture department seeks candidates with an unusual or innovative approach to the field of sculpture. 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 material approaches in the field. We seek candidates who are eager to model their own practice as they teach and mentor students from diverse backgrounds.

How to Apply

On or before February 21, 2020, please submit application materials via http://SAICfaculty.slideroom.com.

Applicants will be asked to create an account after which they may complete the application. The application is comprised of fillable fields and documents to be uploaded. 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.

Complete the fields for: educational background; current position; and contact information for three professional references.

Please convert all word documents into PDFs before uploading. Required files to upload include: a cover letter stating your interests and qualifications; resume or curriculum vitae; statement of research and practice; documentation of a selection of professional work; statement of teaching or social engagement philosophy, including details on how your teaching or practice has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, gender, and/or socio-economic backgrounds that are underrepresented in your academic field; 3 examples of course syllabi; and separate documentation of a selection of students’ work, if available.


Questions regarding the School and its open positions, application procedures, or the search process may be emailed to saicteach@saic.edu. Please consult www.saic.edu for information on the School and its programs.


The Art Institute of Chicago, including both the school and the museum, is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. The Art Institute of Chicago does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Title IX Coordinator

Lumaturije “Luma” Asanoski, 116 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603, 312.499.4165, lasonoski@saic.edu.

Section 504 Coordinator

Felice Dublon, PhD, Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, The Office of Student Affairs, 36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 1204, Chicago, IL 60603, 312.629.6800, fdublon@saic.edu.

For further information on notice of nondiscrimination, see the Office for Civil Rights Discrimination Complaint Form for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 800.421.3481.


SAIC provides reasonable accommodations during the interview process for candidates with disabilities in adherence with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Should you need an accommodation to participate in an interview, please contact Associate Director of Academic Affairs, Molly Scranton, at mscranton@saic.edu.

Posted on October 29