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JOB: Curator, Folk and Self-Taught Art @ Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

At a transformational moment for our Art of the Americas program, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, seeks a creative, energetic and dynamic curator and scholar to become the inaugural Linde Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art. Reporting to the Chair of the Art of the Americas, the Linde Curator will partner with the Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, and with colleagues in the Department of Learning and Community Engagement to lead the MFA’s newly launched folk art initiative, an ambitious new program designed to reimagine and reanimate the folk art collections for 21st-century audiences. The Linde Curator will have the opportunity to build a dynamic and experimental suite of exhibitions, installations, programs and displays that will reshape the institution’s commitment to folk and self-taught material, and align the display and interpretation of this material with the MFA’s larger strategic vision. A true thought leader, the ideal candidate will galvanize colleagues across the department and around the museum in thinking anew about the categories of folk and self-taught art, and in envisioning new ways to make this material accessible, relevant and important to the lives of our visitors today.

The Museum of Fine Arts has an impressive collection of American folk art, broadly defined, with notable strength in works made in the northeastern United States in the 18th and 19th centuries. Highlights include important paintings by Erastus Salisbury Field, William Matthew Prior, and Rufus Porter, nearly 350 works on paper from the Karolik collection, a significant collection of American quilts, and select examples of painted furniture and sculptural forms. Opportunities for growth include historical American art that enhances and complements the Karolik collection with a focus on artists of diverse ethnic, racial, socio-economic, and geographical background, as well as 20th and 21st century art by self-taught, Outsider and Visionary artists.

Candidate Profile:

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  • A Master’s or PhD in Art History, history or related field with a proven focus on Folk, Self-taught and Visionary material.
  • Three to five years of experience in a museum or comparable institution.
  • Demonstrated curatorial ability through culturally-meaningful exhibitions, gallery displays, programs or other activities.
  • Demonstrated experience and a strong interest in working in a museum setting.

Ideal Candidate Profile: 

  • Committed to researching, caring for and interpreting Folk and Self Taught art for diverse audiences, and to thinking about this material in new ways.
  • Demonstrated experience contributing to/leading exhibitions, programs and projects developed in collaboration with artists, visitors, community leaders, and other scholars and experts.
  • A breadth of knowledge and experience, as well as a willingness to gain expertise in new areas. An interest in and commitment to exploring the changing nature of art museums and their relationship to the public.
  • A national perspective but experienced in becoming personally and professionally committed to the city of Boston, its people and artistic community.
  • Experience working closely and building relationships with colleagues in a museum setting.
  • Experience working in partnership and engaging with donors, collectors, scholars, external communities and other partners.
  • Strong planning and project management skills with the ability to manage various projects simultaneously and to collaborate with colleagues across the institution to achieve the best outcome.
  • Strong sense of accountability for achieving stated objectives.
  • Team-oriented and collaborative.
  • Superb presentation and interpretation skills with ability to attract and engage audiences of all demographics.
  • Superior ability to present and defend ideas and projects that earn the respect of colleagues and Museum’s leadership and builds credibility for the department and institution. 

Personal Qualities and Attributes

  • Intellectually rigorous 
  • Inspirational, passionate, curious 
  • Generous of spirit, a team player 
  • Superior judgment, tact and diplomacy, with good organizational skills 

Salary Range:

Full-Time Salary, 35 hours per week

Starting salary: $73,000 – $78,000 

The MFA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from diverse candidates.

Link to apply: https://bit.ly/3zYMORb?

Competition for the 2022 ALAA/LASA-VCS Afro Latin American/Afro-Latinx Scholarship Prize

The Association for Latin American Art, an affiliate of the College Art Association, and the Visual Culture Section of the Latin American Studies Association, are pleased to sponsor the ALAA Annual Afro Latin American/Afro-Latinx Essay Prize. We will consider scholarly essays published in a peer reviewed journal, edited volume, or exhibition catalogue during the previous year, on any aspect of Afro Latin American art, architecture, or visual culture in Latin America and the United States, covering any period from the colonial era to the present. The award consists of a $500 honorarium and will be presented at the ALAA business meeting at the annual meeting of the College Art Association in February as well as the LASA business meeting at the annual conference in April. The name of the recipient will appear in the newsletters of both ALAA and LASA.

For the February 2022 Award, we will evaluate articles that meet the following criteria:
• Publication date between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021.
• Essays may be written in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

Essays will be evaluated by a three-person committee of accomplished scholars in the field, each with expertise in a wide geographical and temporal range. For consideration, authors should send their submission as a pdf to the Chair of the award committee no later than November 15, 2021. Peer nominations will also be accepted.

Afro Latin American/Afro-Latinx Scholarship Prize Committee
Paul Niell, pniell@fsu.edu
Mey-Yen Moriuchi, moriuchi@lasalle.edu
Tamara Walker, tamara.walker@utoronto.ca

Assistant Professor/Associate Professor, Tenure-track in Department of Architecture, University of Buffalo (State University of New York). Applications due by Sept. 30, 2021

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Director of Visitor Experience, MASSMoCA–Apply now.

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Assistant Professor, Tenure-track, Modern and Contemporary Arts of the Americas, Department of the History of Art, University of Michigan. Applications due by Nov. 1, 2021

Job Description:


The Department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in the arts of the Americas, modern and contemporary, beginning in September 2022. Scholars working in American art and/or visual and material cultures, with an area of specialization in African American, African Diaspora, Latinx, Asian American, and/or Indigenous cultures are especially welcome. We seek to complement current departmental strengths with a candidate committed to race and gender theory, museum studies, decolonization, and/or settler colonial studies.

The successful applicant will be asked to develop a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, to supervise doctoral dissertations, and to participate actively in the life of the department. The appointee will be welcomed into a large university community that encourages interdisciplinary dialogue and is committed to the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applicants should provide a cover letter, CV, statement of current and future research plans, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, personal statement demonstrating engagement with issues of equity (described in greater detail below), evidence of teaching excellence, and a writing sample.

The personal statement and diversity commitment should include your demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through scholarship/research, and/or teaching/mentoring, and/or service/engagement. There may be some overlap with your research proposal and teaching statements (1-3 pages).

Application materials, personal statement and diversity commitment, and three letters of reference should be uploaded via Interfolio (http://apply.interfolio.com/89267). The deadline for submission is November 1, 2021. A PhD is required prior to beginning this university year appointment. If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Audra Wilson (Executive Secretary, U-M Department of the History of Art) at histart-execsec@umich.edu.

The University of Michigan, is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is supportive of the needs of dual career couples. Women and minority candidates and scholars demonstrably committed to working with diverse student populations are encouraged to apply.

We acknowledge that the University of Michigan, named for Michigami, the world’s largest freshwater system, sits on land stewarded by Niswi Ishkodewan Anishinaabeg–the Three Fires People, who are the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi–along with their neighbors the Seneca, Delaware, Shawnee, and Wyandot nations. 

Post-doc in the humanities, and the social and natural sciences at University of Michigan, deadline Oct. 4, 2021

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JOB: Chair/African/African American/African Diasporic Art @ UPittsburgh

Andrew W. Mellon Chair (History of Art and Architecture Department)

The Department of History of Art and Architecture (HAA) in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh seeks to appoint an accomplished historian of modern or contemporary African, African American, or African Diasporic art to the Andrew W. Mellon Chair, with a start date of September 1, 2022. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with tenure. This endowed position provides an opportunity for its holder to undertake significant scholarly initiatives at the departmental, university, and extra-institutional level. It carries substantial research funds and a teaching load of three courses per year. Applicants are expected to have an accomplished record of research and teaching. The successful applicant will be asked to develop and teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervise doctoral students, undertake service, and participate actively in the life of the department and university. We seek a colleague whose teaching, research, mentorship, and leadership will contribute diverse perspectives and experiences to departmental and university initiatives.

The History of Art and Architecture Department is based in the Frick Fine Arts Building on the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus. We recognize that the University of Pittsburgh occupies the ancestral land of the Adena culture, Hopewell culture, and Monongahela peoples, who were later joined by refugees of other tribes (including the Delaware, Shawnee, and Haudenosaunee), driven here from their homelands by colonizers. 17 full-time faculty members work together to serve the needs of our approximately 30 PhD students; post-baccalaureate Hot Metal Bridge diversity fellows; the 200 majors and minors in our programs in Architectural Studies, the History of Art and Architecture, and Museum Studies; and the hundreds of undergraduate students who enroll in our courses to fulfill General Education requirements. Our faculty includes specialists in the art and architecture of the Americas, East and South Asia, the Islamic Near East, and Europe, across centuries. Our interpretative approaches and lines of inquiry find intersections within our Constellations working groups on Agency, Environment, Identity, Mobility & Exchange, Temporalities, and Visual Knowledge. Our interest in the history of exhibitions and museums finds expression in our research, activities related to the Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh consortium, and our Museum Studies major and minor. The University Art Gallery, Visual Media Workshop, and Fine Arts Library, all of which are housed within the Frick Fine Arts Building, function as situated learning environments for department members. The appointment of a senior scholar of modern or contemporary African, African American, or African Diasporic art will both strengthen and help connect our research and teaching missions at a crucial inflection point within the history of the department, the University, and the discipline.

To apply, visit join.pitt.edu. The requisition number for this position is 21006726. 

Applications should include:• Cover letter addressed to Prof. Mrinalini Rajagopalan, Chair, HAA Department, that discusses the applicant’s approaches to research, teaching, and mentoring (of peers, graduatestudents, and undergraduates).• Current CV. Please include a list of students mentored and courses taught.• Diversity statement of 1–2 pages, in which you share how your past, planned, or potential contributions or experiences relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion will advance the University of Pittsburgh’s commitment to inclusive excellence.

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Mrinalini Rajagopalan, Chair, HAA Department (mrr55@pitt.edu) or Karoline Swiontek, Administrative Officer, HAA Department (karoline@pitt.edu).

Duties• Teach 3 (3-credit) courses (undergraduate and graduate) in the History of Art and Architecture per academic year• Meet with undergraduate and graduate students beyond the classroom as may be appropriate to their educational needs• Direct and serve on PhD committees in the History of Art and Architecture Department• Carry out departmental and university service by way of, for instance, mentoring, participating on committees, and leading select initiatives

Minimum Requirements• PhD in the history of art, architecture, or a closely related field• Record of publications demonstrating original insight and sustained engagement with innovative methodological approaches• An active, forward-looking research agenda in the fields of modern or contemporary African, African American, or African Diasporic art• Demonstrated excellence in university-level teaching in the history of art, architecture, or a closely related field • An openness to innovative pedagogical practices• Commitment to the values of equity, inclusion, accessibility, and diversity• Commitment to departmental and university citizenship

Preferred Requirements• Experience teaching graduate-level courses and directing or serving on PhD committees• Experience mentoring faculty colleagues• Interest in Museum Studies and Curatorial Practice• Record of university and/or disciplinary service• Potential to engage collaboratively on strategic initiatives

The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and fostering a culturally diverse environment. Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in support of a diverse community are required.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets.

JOB: Latin and/or Caribbean art and visual culture @ FIT

The History of Art Department seeks an historian of Latin and/or Caribbean art and visual culture who will develop and teach innovative historical surveys covering ancient to contemporary art from the region. Strong preference for candidates with museum or curatorial experience who can contribute to the department’s major, Art History and Museum Professions.

The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute new course offerings to the Liberal Arts minors in the History of Art, Latin American Studies, Caribbean Studies, and/or African American and Africana Studies, and to contribute to the department, School, and College beyond the classroom by participating in committees and college-wide events, engaging in scholarly activity through conference presentations and/or publications.

The new faculty member will benefit from mentoring by working with the department chair and with other department faculty, as well as with the Center for Excellence in Teaching, which anchors a faculty development program for training with online learning systems and for other pedagogical guidance.

See full description at https://fitnyc.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp;jsessionid=D2C059946E50A5D1165CAE4A2EE2B842?JOBID=136772

Deadline October 15, 2021.

JOB: Art Histories of Black and Latinx Diasporas @ UToronto

The Department of Art History in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of Art Histories of Black and Latinx Diasporas. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2022. 

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in Art History or a related area by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. The successful candidate will specialize in the historical analysis and interpretation of the art of Black and Latinx Diasporas, with a focus on the Americas. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and enhance our existing departmental strengths, particularly with regard to decolonizing perspectives in diverse regional and global contexts. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an externally funded research program. An ability to connect with other relevant programs within the university, such as Caribbean Studies, African Studies, and the Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies, as well as with local art institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario and Ryerson Image Centre, would be considered an asset.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field-relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing. 

Evidence of excellence in teaching should be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier (with required materials outlined below) submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This position will be held at the University of Toronto, St. George campus in downtown Toronto. The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world. The Department of Art History is an internationally renowned department dedicated to the study of history, theory, and methodology of art in a global context. For more information about the University of Toronto, and the Department of Art History, please visit www.utoronto.ca and https://arthistory.utoronto.ca

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests (maximum four pages); a recent writing sample; and a teaching dossier to include a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations. Furthermore, candidates are expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching, and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1-2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporate a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups. 

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each after an application is submitted (this happens overnight). Applicants, however, remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date. 

Submission guidelines can be found at http://uoft.me/how-to-apply . Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact the Chair of Art History at art.chair@utoronto.ca

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by the closing date, November 1st, 2021. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.


If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact uoft.careers@utoronto.ca.

JOB: Asst Prof, Asian Art @ DePaul University

The Department of History of Art and Architecture at DePaul University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Asian Art History to begin Autumn Quarter 2022.  All periods, media, and geographies within Asia will be considered, including less well-studied areas of inquiry.

DePaul University operates on a quarterly schedule with a 2-2-2 teaching load.  The candidate will be expected to teach an introductory Asian art course as well as a course on Buddhist art.  The candidate will also be expected to develop other courses that will expand the department’s offerings in the religious dimension of DePaul’s general education curriculum, in consultation with the departments of Religious Studies, Global Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, and/or Japanese Studies, with whom such courses will be appropriately cross listed.  The candidate will be housed in History of Art and Architecture, including with respect to teaching, service, and tenure and promotion.  The candidate will be expected to maintain an active research agenda and contribute to the service needs of the department and university.

The Department of History of Art and Architecture is an undergraduate global art history program currently comprised of 7 full-time faculty members with specialists in African, Islamic, Byzantine, Medieval European, Latin American, American, and Feminist art.  In addition to the major and minor in History of Art and Architecture, the department participates in an Architecture & Urbanism minor jointly with the Geography Department, and in a Museum Studies minor with the departments of History and Anthropology. 

Review of application materials will begin on 1 October 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.  We actively seek to enhance the diversity of our department and are committed to promoting an inclusive environment.  Persons of all genders, abilities, and racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

https://academics.depaul.edu/faculty-jobs/Pages/full-time.aspx?dpusearchbystr=76973

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