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Exhibitions Residency | Appalachian Center for Craft (Cookeville, Tennessee)

The purpose of the AIR program is to provide a creative, residential environment for emerging professional artists and to broaden student and faculty awareness of new approaches and techniques. Artists in residence play an important role in managing the exhibitions program.

Essential Functions

Responsible for exhibition spaces including installing and closing of exhibits. Corresponds with artists and coordinates on all aspects of the exhibition process including: shipment, reports, physical arrangement, lighting, gallery repairs, scheduling of photo shoots, press releases and grant proposals. The resident will be expected to work 20 hours per week in exhibitions. The exhibitions resident will assist the gallery manager in ordering and maintaining supplies. The exhibitions resident is also expected to assist the sales gallery with sales throughout the year especially during Celebration and the Holiday Festival, which are the Craft Center’s annual events.

In exchange for compensation, the resident may also have the opportunity to teach workshops and academic classes in their specific medium or foundations and conduct outreach demonstrations. The AIR must produce a significant body of studio work while showing a high level of technical expertise and aesthetic merit. In consultation with the Director, expectations of the AIR’s studio work will be reviewed after arrival.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must hold a minimum of a BFA degree. Selection will consider the candidate’s potential artistic and professional growth within the residency, exhibition or curatorial experience, and potential for instructional support.
Preferred Qualifications: MFA or equivalent professional experience.

Work Hours

20 hours per week. One year appointment, December 1, 2017-November 30, 2018. The resident may be invited back for one additional year at the request of the Craft Center for a possible total of two years as an AIR.
All applicants are required to electronically upload a resume and provide contact information for three references, to be contacted by search committee members at a later time. Official transcripts required upon hire. Applicants are also required to submit a CD of digital images of work in JPEG format to: Appalachian Center for Craft, 1560 Craft Center Drive, Smithville, TN 37166, Attention: Artist in Residence Application – Exhibitions. Review of applications begins November 6, 2017; open until filled. Submission of materials is the applicant’s responsibility. Applications without all required materials are incomplete and will not be considered. For questions please email Director Debra Ruzinsky, or call 931-372-6875. Tennessee Tech University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, sex, disability, age (40 and over), status as a protected veteran, genetic information or any other category protected by federal or state law. Inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies should be directed to

Benefits Information

Residence in Craft Center housing is a required condition of employment. Single occupancy bedroom with private bath (whether married or single, cooking and lounge facilities are shared with other residents), individual studio space and 24 hour studio access are provided. A stipend of $1620.00 annually is provided, which is paid in monthly increments of $135 via direct deposit. Benefits include the accumulation of annual and sick leave on a prorated basis equal to the percentage of employment, and thirteen (13) pro-rated University holidays. Other benefits include pro-rated retirement, optional 401k, and educational benefits. Also, opportunities for additional employment through workshop and outreach programs may be available.

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