Artist in Residence-College of Visual and Performing Arts

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
North Dartmouth, MA
Closing date
Sep 15, 2021

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Job no: 508899
Work type: Staff Full Time
Categories: Other Staff Positions

Artist-in-Residence Program

The College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth seeks a visiting artist whose work centers on storytelling and digital media. Collaborating with the faculty and students of the Animation and Game Arts program, the visiting artist will introduce new modes of practice to our community through co-curricular initiatives during the 2021-2022 academic year.

As the UMass system's flagship comprehensive art college, CVPA offers programs in ceramics, graphic design, jewelry/metals, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, animation and game arts, illustration, music, art history and art education. As the goal of this initiative is to introduce media and modes of working that remain underrepresented in our curriculum, the visiting artist will develop programming around areas of digital practice that are not currently available to CVPA students. Artists whose work is community-engaged, connects with multiple disciplines across the university and helps engage diverse communities are especially welcomed to apply.

While the program welcomes transdisciplinary projects that may not be easily classified, skill sets that might be addressed include:

  • 2D or 3D Animation
  • Digital Sculpting
  • Concept Artist
  • Game Design and Worldbuilding
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Community and Gaming, including novel approaches to e-sports

Compensation: The visiting artist will receive $45,000 salary, on-campus housing, access to facilities, studio space and the possibility to teach.

Eligibility: Applicants should have a terminal degree in hand as of the start date of the appointment and a track record of collaboration, exhibition and/or performance. Significant industry experience in the field of animation or game development may be considered in lieu of a terminal degree.

Application: Interested parties should submit a one-page artist’s statement, portfolio of 20 works with descriptions, three references and a proposed project that addresses our unique community and fulfils the above mandate for the New Directions program. As this position is student-centered, the committee is particularly interested in hearing ways that you might engage our student body. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applicants must be authorized for employment in the U.S. on a full time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship not available.

The review of applications will begin immediately.

Advertised: 13 Jul 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:


Located on the Massachusetts south coast, only a short drive from Cape Cod, Providence and Boston, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has been ranked among the top northern public universities by U.S. News and World Report. The quality of life on the south coast of Massachusetts is rich with cultural attractions, beautifully preserved and restored historic districts, museums, live theatre and an excellent educational system. Recreational opportunities include boating, beaches, rivers, golf courses, camping grounds, beautiful state parks, waterfront parks and a new zoo.

UMass Dartmouth offers a broad range of baccalaureate and graduate degrees vital to the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of the region. It has an enrollment of over 9,200 students in over 40 undergraduate and 36 graduate programs (including 11 at the Ph.D. level) offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Charlton College of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School for Marine Science and Technology. The main campus was designed by the eminent architect Paul Rudolf and is located on 710 acres in North Dartmouth. Other university sites include theCenter for Marine Science and Technology on the waterfront in New Bedford, the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center in Fall River and the Star Store Center for the Arts in New Bedford. 

While retaining its commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, UMass Dartmouth has increased dramatically its research and outreach activities during the past ten years. R&D spending has increased in the last five years from $20.1 million to $25.6 million and the university has established centers in Policy Studies, Portuguese Studies & Culture, Business Research, Marine Science &Technology and Indic Studies to significantly expand its research and public service activities in ways that meet regional needs but have global impact.

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