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Assistant Professor of Art and Director of Galleries

The University of Maine
Orono, Maine
salary commensurate with experience, plus benefits
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Assistant Professor of Art and Director of Galleries (id:73089)




Art - OAT

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Orono ME

Statement of the Job:

The Department of Art in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Maine seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Art who will serve as the Director and Curator of its Lord Hall Gallery. Responsibilities include teaching studio courses in area(s) of specialty (ordinarily a 2/1 teaching assignment) as well as overseeing all aspects of the department’s Lord Hall Gallery, including an annual exhibit of student work in Stevens Hall. This is an academic-year position with an anticipated start date of August 29, 2022.

Lord Hall Gallery links the Department of Art to the UMaine community and contemporary art practice. Each year the gallery presents exhibitions by faculty, students, and contemporary artists from around the world. The Director and Curator of Lord Hall Gallery will be responsible for the planning, operation, and promotion of its exhibitions, programs, and website, and for the coordination of curricular engagement with UMaine faculty. Areas of oversight include exhibition development, installation, and promotion; educational programming and campus and community outreach, including coordination with the University’s Zillman Art Museum; budgeting; staffing; facility maintenance; and caring for the department’s Vincent A. Hartgen Teaching Collection of paintings and works on paper.

The Department of Art is a NASAD-accredited program offering BA and BFA degrees in Studio Art and BA degrees in Art Education and Art History. The department seeks candidates who will serve as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Art with responsibilities for teaching undergraduate courses in Studio Art, research and/or creative activity, and university and professional service. Due to responsibilities associated with the gallery, the ordinary teaching load is three courses per academic year. The area of specialty is open, but we are especially interested in candidates with teaching and exhibition records in drawing, illustration, 2D design, and graphic design. Among the courses the hire will teach is an annual semester-long capstone course for senior Studio Art majors. The capstone course focuses on the development of professional practices in the visual arts and culminates in a capstone exhibition in Lord Hall Gallery.

Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Director of Galleries responsibilities:

  • Curate, install, and promote exhibitions and develop associated programs and publications
  • Maintain gallery budget and facilities
  • Mentor and supervise student interns and work-study students
  • Develop and coordinate learning opportunities with campus faculty and community partners
  • Develop and maintain a Web presence for the gallery
  • Care for the Vincent A. Hartgen Teaching Collection

Teaching, research, and service responsibilities:

  • Develop and teach Studio Art courses appropriate to experience and expertise
  • Teach senior capstone course in Studio Art
  • Participate in curriculum development and program assessment
  • Maintain an active record of research, publication, and/or creative practice
  • Engage in academic, community, and professional service activities

About the University:

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,700 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is the state land and sea grant university and maintains a leadership role as the System’s flagship university.  As a result, it is dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and national levels. Further information about UMaine can be found at

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here.

The University of Maine System is considered a federal contractor and therefore required to comply with the directives of civil authorities regarding COVID vaccinations. As of January 4, 2022, new hires are required to be fully vaccinated or have submitted a request for a religious or medical exemption on or prior to their start date. Further information can be found here.



  • MFA in Studio Art or terminal degree in a related field by the start date for the position
  • Two years of college teaching experience in a related field
  • Record exhibiting own work in museums, galleries, or other professional arts venues
  • Experience developing, curating, and organizing exhibitions in galleries, museums, higher education, or other professional arts environments
  • Experience in installation and transportation of works of art
  • Facility with Web design and digital media
  • Effective written and verbal skills


  • Demonstrated success in grant writing, donor cultivation, audience development, and institutional planning
  • Experience working with students and/or staff in a supervisory role
  • Evidence of productive, collegial collaboration in academic and/or professional settings
  • History of development of equitable and inclusive public engagement, community outreach, and educational programming

Other Information:

Materials must be submitted via the job posting on UMaine's employment website: You will need to create a profile and application; upload:

1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position with specific reference to the qualifications listed
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references
4.) a statement of teaching philosophy
5.) a document that contains links to drive(s) or website(s) with 15 examples of candidate’s work and 15 examples of student’s work (please select other as the document type when uploading)

You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: January 24, 2022
Screening interviews to begin no earlier than: February 7, 2022
On-site interviews to begin no earlier than: February 28, 2022
Tentative start date: August 29, 2022

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