Artist in Residence-Ceramics (Fall 2014 Semester)

Interlochen, MI

Company Description

Interlochen Center for the Arts is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the only organization in the world that brings together: a 2,500-student summer camp program; a 500-student fine arts boarding high school; opportunities for hundreds of adults to engage in fulfilling artistic and creative programs; two 24-hour listener-supported public radio stations (classical music and news); more than 600 arts presentations annually by students, faculty and world-renowned guest artists; a global alumni base spanning eight decades, including leaders in arts and all other endeavors. For information, visit Interlochen online at www.interlochen.org.


Interlochen Center for the Arts includes:


Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen Arts Academy, a fine arts boarding high school, offers the highest quality artistic training combined with comprehensive college-preparatory academics. The Academy also offers post-graduate opportunities.


Interlochen Arts Camp

Young artists from around the world gather at Interlochen each summer to learn, create and perform alongside leading artists and instructors. Programs are offered to students in grades three through twelve.


Interlochen College of Creative Arts

Adult artists thrive on opportunities to learn and express themselves creatively. The College of Creative Arts offers programs in a variety of arts disciplines.


Interlochen Public Radio

Classical Music: 88.7 FM, Interlochen; 88.5 FM, Mackinaw City; and 100.9 FM, East Jordan/Charlevoix

News Radio: 91.5 FM, Traverse City; 90.1 FM, Harbor Springs/Petoskey; 89.7 FM, Manistee/Ludington

Streaming online at ipr.interlochen.org.  Through two listener-supported broadcast services, Interlochen Public Radio (IPR) connects northwest Michigan with arts, news and culture on a global scale. IPR also gives significant focus to local and regional news, information and artists.


Interlochen Presents

Interlochen brings dozens of world-renowned artists to northwest Michigan, enhancing the region’s position on the global arts map. Interlochen presents more than 600 events each year by students, faculty and guest artists, making Interlochen one of the nation’s largest arts presenters.

Job Description

Interlochen Center for the Arts, one of America’s most prestigious institutions for arts education, performance and fine arts seeks to hire The Artist in Residence of Ceramics for the 2014 fall academic semester at the Interlochen Arts Academy.

Interlochen comprises a unique portfolio that includes: the first and foremost summer arts camp, the nation’s premier fine arts boarding high school, a year-round arts festival that presents more than 600 events, two public radio stations (news and classical music), and a series of arts education programs for adults. Students split their time between college preparatory academic courses and their art specialty:  Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Dance, Motion Picture Arts, or Visual Arts. 


The Visual Arts Department develops a student's capacity for expression through a correlation between the visual arts and an awareness of the student’s broader environment. Interlochen’s location, expansive two-hour studios, in-depth critiques, rigorous academics, visits from professional artists, integration between departments and cultural trips to major metropolitan areas support this unique environment.


Studios are structured to begin with the foundations needed to promote artistic growth within the specific studio. After the foundations are covered, studio instruction and assignments are designed for more individualized direction. The program promotes the development of fundamental skills, knowledge of art principles, visual interpretation, innovative thinking and the development of a personalized artistic voice. The building of more personalized direction is supported by cross-disciplinary interaction between studios and departments on campus. Participation in individual and group critiques and research noted in sketchbooks are assessment tools used in addition to the class assignment grades.


Studio areas offered in the Visual Arts Department include: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Black and White Darkroom Photography, Digital Arts, Sculpture (plaster, wood, welding, etc.), Metalsmithing, Ceramics, Fibers (Soft Sculpture and Surface Design), New Genres, Illustrations, 2D Mixed Media, Portfolio Development, Senior Thesis, Curatorial Practices and Art History. 


This position would be responsible for three hours a day of college-level studio instruction in ceramics to talented and highly motivated high school art students. Duties include supervision of the ceramics studio and kilns, one evening per week in open tutorial session and monitoring visual arts studios, departmental service and assistance with specialized Wednesday programming, and other work appropriate to the Academy's mission.


An MA or MFA in ceramics or other 3D areas with documented work in ceramics is desired. The department is looking for a Candidate that is committed to both the tradition and the exploration of current and new directions in the ceramics field. He/ She will be capable of teaching all levels and be proficient in the materials’ techniques, have experience in the full range of glaze and firing techniques and a broad understanding of new approaches to the medium. Technical knowledge should include glaze formulas, clay mixing and experience with firing both gas and electrical kilns. Additional teaching experience other studio areas is helpful but not required.  The candidate should have a broad understanding of studio art practice and be knowledgeable of contemporary art issues and theory. Experience using technology in the classroom is expected as is a strong interest and willingness to collaborate with colleagues both inside and outside the Visual Arts departmentThe ability to work successfully with highly creative students with diverse learning styles is important.  

Additional Information

Compensation and Benefits: 

Artist in Residence are provided with a classroom office, computer, e-mail/network account, room and board, stipend of $7,500.00 with optional insurance. They also enjoy the camaraderie of other artists and the pleasure/challenge of teaching young artists.


Application Process:

Required documents for application are: a letter of introduction expressing why the position interests you, current resume (including teaching experience and courses taught), teaching philosophy, artist statement, sample course syllabi for ceramics, a link within your teaching philosophy or artist statement of your work portfolio (personal and student samples), and a current listing of three professional references.  These documents should be uploaded into your application, under the additional documents section.  You can complete the online application by clicking the "I'm interested" green button.  

If you are unable to upload the additional documents at time of application you can email them to employment@interlochen.org, subject title: "Artist in Residence-Ceramics".  Materials will only be accepted electronically. 


Review of materials will commence immediately and continue until the position has been filled. Materials submitted will be held in strictest confidence, and references will not be contacted without the permission of the applicant.