The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) seeks a chair and full-time faculty member in digital and time-based media. A museum/school with a fine art focus, PAFA has a rich history of narrative figuration and innovative approaches to art-making. PAFA Alumni include Thomas Eakins, Njideka Akuniyli Crosby, and David Lynch, who made his first moving image piece at PAFA as a student. PAFA currently offers several digital media courses, including digital painting, 3D printing, digital print and web design, photography, and video, and seeks to expand its curriculum, particularly in the realm of time-based media and experimental approaches to animation. These expanded offerings will complement PAFA’s undergraduate concentrations in painting, drawing, illustration, printmaking and sculpture, and its interdisciplinary graduate programs.
The chair will provide oversight over PAFA’s digital media offerings, and will bring vision and leadership to developing a new concentration in experimental animation and time-based media. The chair will write curriculum, plan for equipment and facility needs, hire faculty, and work with the Admissions department to recruit new students for the program. Applicants should excel at teaching a broad range of subjects, from foundations courses in digital media to intermediate and advanced courses in experimental animation and time-based media. Candidates should demonstrate strong narrative skills, proficiency in the principles of animation, and the ability to teach both hand-made and computer generated approaches. The ideal candidate will have a thorough understanding of contemporary art, and will make vital contributions to PAFA’s graduate studio programs, mentoring students who are pursuing their studio research.
The position rank is open. Applicants should have an MFA or equivalent experience, and at least two year of teaching experience. Applicants should submit a letter of interest that articulates their theoretical approach to animation and time-based media, and vision for this new area of study at PAFA. Additionally, they should submit an artist statement, teaching philosophy that includes the applicants approach to supporting a diverse and inclusive classroom, a link to artistic work, and the work of students if available.
Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is America’s first school and museum of fine arts. Located in center city Philadelphia, PAFA is intimate in scale with a strong sense of community. PAFA’s undergraduate degree offerings include a BFA in Studio Art and a coordinated BFA with the University of Pennsylvania. Graduate programs include an MFA and Low-Residency MFA degree, and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate. PAFA’s museum has an outstanding collection of American art, and the museum actively collects and exhibits contemporary art, including work in new media. Additionally, PAFA is home to the Brodsky Center, a print and papermaking center focused on the creation of innovative editions by contemporary artists.
Applicants should submit a letter of interest that articulates their theoretical approach to animation and time-based media, and vision for this new area of study at PAFA. Additionally, they should submit an artist statement, teaching philosophy that includes the applicants approach to supporting a diverse and inclusive classroom, a link to artistic work, and the work of students if available. Applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include "Chair and Faculty Member" in the subject line. Review of applications will begin December 14 and will continue until the position is filled.