The Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a two-year visiting faculty position, beginning August 2022.
The Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the largest and most renowned contemporary fiber art programs in the world. Our curriculum emphasizes fiber and textiles within a contemporary art context, supported by current discourses within and beyond the field. Students study a vast range of 2D and 3D woven, surface, constructed, and stitch techniques, and our students often work in conjunction with sculptural, installation, photography, video, and performance media, as well as with critical and creative writing.
The department typically has over 750 undergraduate enrollments in 60+ courses each academic year, with a graduate cohort of 20 MFA students from across the US and internationally.
Our students are encouraged to push boundaries and embrace interdisciplinarity as appropriate to their practices and interests; some students maintain a dedicated focus in fiber while others experiment across other disciplines and areas of the School. Many of our students are especially interested in creative practices and discourses that center critical race, decolonial, queer, trans, nonbinary, and disability justice frameworks.
The department’s expansive and well-equipped studios feature analog and digital equipment, and students engage in thinking and working with hand processes while incorporating digital technologies and computer-assisted approaches to making.
Offering over 10 classes per year, our dedicated weaving area occupies 2500 square feet and features three TC-2 digital jacquard looms, a dobby loom, approximately 35 (4-16 harness) floor looms, tapestry looms, back strap looms, and tabletop looms.
Further information about the department can be found at: https://www.saic.edu/academics/departments/fiber-and-material-studies
The Full-Time visiting artist in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies will teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students within the interdisciplinary art and design school environment of SAIC.
The successful candidate will teach primarily in the weaving area, with the possibility of teaching Intro to Fiber and Material Studies (Intro FMS), Graduate Projects, or other classes within their sphere of expertise. There may also be opportunities to develop elective offerings, at either the undergraduate or graduate level.
The full-time visiting artist will be expected to:
The full-time visiting artist will be located full time in Chicago from late August 2022 through May 2024 and will maintain an active presence on campus.
An MFA in fiber or textiles or a terminal degree in another relevant studio discipline is required. Teaching experience beyond the level of teaching assistantships is preferred. The ideal candidate will be well-versed in a broad range of weaving techniques and be able to teach both technical and conceptual skills; be well-versed in contemporary discourses on weaving; and be able to locate contemporary weaving within more expansive and diverse global and decolonial histories. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach floor loom and jacquard weaving at the intermediate and advanced levels.
We seek candidates with the experience, knowledge and aptitude to teach and mentor students from diverse backgrounds who can contribute to the diversity of the School by bringing a perspective, way of thinking, and/or a unique set of experiences that expand conversations and practices in the field.
On or before Wednesday, July 6, 2022, please submit application materials via http://SAICfaculty.slideroom.com. You will be asked to create an account after which time you may complete the application composed of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. 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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