August 24, 2021

Assistant Professor of Painting in Department of Visual Arts

University of Chicago

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago. Photo: Tom Rossiter.

The Department of Visual Arts seeks to hire an artist well-versed in contemporary issues of painting to join the faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor. Candidates must demonstrate a strong exhibition record and the ability to teach both basic and advanced painting. Courses taught may include an introductory class with a focus on technique, to more advanced conceptually- and philosophically-inclined topics. The successful candidate will work with a range of undergraduate and graduate students, from the completely inexperienced in our core courses, to advising advanced students working across media.

We are seeking an artist whose research and artistic practice engages with one or more of the following areas: queer aesthetics, body politics, questions of identity and social belonging, digital culture, popular culture, or related issues. Candidates should have intentions to build collaborative conversations within the context of the intense and rigorous intellectual culture of the University.

Our faculty are engaged in active careers of national and international scope. Candidates must demonstrate a deep commitment to their own art with an ability to communicate both within their specific disciplinary area and across a range of media. The ability to engage with work that extends beyond one’s own, and to participate in discussion with faculty within and beyond the visual arts is essential in our program. The successful candidate will be appointed as an Assistant Professor on the tenure track, and will participate with other DOVA faculty in curriculum development, academic advising of students in a variety of media, and other committee work. The expected start date of the position is July 1, 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.

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Required: an MFA degree or the equivalent experience. A national and/or international exhibition and publication history and documentation.

Preferred: two years of teaching experience that includes specialization in painting and ability to teach across art and other disciplines. Finalists will be required to submit syllabi for courses including painting, and other examples of their teaching.

Application instructions
To apply, the following materials must be submitted to the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruitment website by 11pm central time on October 15, 2021.

–A cover letter that includes a clear and compelling articulation of how the applicant’s work engages its form. What are your ambitions for your work? How does the work engage areas of emphasis for this position? The strong candidate’s work will be compelling, accomplished, and full of potential for ongoing growth and development.
–A current curriculum vitae containing name, phone, email, mailing address, website (if applicable), as well as education, residencies, exhibition, and publications
–A statement addressing the applicant’s approach to teaching.
–An artist statement
–15 to 20 samples of work, gathered together in a single PDF. Please include titles and a materials list along with the images.
–Names and contact information for three references who may be asked to submit letters of recommendation.
Only complete applications can be considered. Applicants may be asked to submit additional materials following the initial review of applications.

For additional information about the Department of Visual Arts, please visit For questions about the position, please contact dova [​at​]

University positions are contingent upon budgetary approval.

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