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Artist-in-Residence - Sculpture
Cranbrook Academy of Art

  • Sep. 19, 2017
  • Artist-in-Residence - Sculpture
  • Artist-in-Residence
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art
    Bloomfield Hills, MI
    United States
  • Oct. 16, 2017
  • September 2018
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
    Core Faculty
  • Art - Sculpture
    Fine Arts - General
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Cranbrook Academy of Art, ranked nationally as one of the top ten programs in graduate art education, seeks a new leader for the Sculpture department. The successful Sculpture candidate should demonstrate a strong record as a professional artist at the highest level in the field, have teaching experience at the graduate level, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and a record of success advising and mentoring individuals from groups underrepresented in higher education.

Cranbrook Academy of Art has been leading innovation and experimentation in the fields of art, design, and architecture for over 75 years. At Cranbrook, nothing is off the table – materials, process, disciplines and research all become a site for exploration. This cross-media approach creates opportunities for critical inquiry, rethinking and reengaging with the world around us.

Cranbrook is not simply a graduate program; it is a community of artists and designers, living and working together on a campus that was designed specifically for that purpose. The community is a unique scenario unlike typical academic environments. This unique characteristic is one of the core values that broadcast our commitment to living, working, teaching and co-existing as a part of the educational experience.

The Sculpture Artist-in-Residence/Department Head should be experimental in nature and practice. The new Artist-in-Residence should be a leading voice that contributes and defines the future of Sculpture and how this is telegraphed into studio practice. Conceptual models for Sculpture should be characterized by a cross-media, expansive approach that can be used as an open framework for building new visions that will evolve the future of the discipline. The Sculpture Department can be defined as an attempt to instigate changing perceptual experiences through three dimensions. The intent is to learn about one’s own work through criticism, dialogue, and interaction with individuals pursuing related goals with equal intensity. Artists work within a context delineated by the cultural, ideological, and political systems of their time. The Artist-in-Residence should explore in depth the social and intellectual conditions of the 21st century and should be prepared to support students in developing a body of work that offers critical discourse and cultural critique.

Cranbrook Artists-in-Residence are the singular leaders of their departments. They are given the autonomy to determine the department’s pedagogy and the responsibility for its success. At Cranbrook, Artists-in-Residence/Department Heads are not typical faculty members. They are full-time artists, designers or architects who live on campus, and whose personal studios are located within their departments. During the academic year, September-May, the Artist-in-Residence mentors 15 graduate students in a collegial environment that includes nine additional departments: 2D Design, 3D Design, Architecture, Ceramics, Fiber, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, and Print Media. Within the Department, the Artist-in-Residence selects their students, guides the development of each individual and nurtures a productive and interactive environment. The degree program culminates in an exhibition and written master’s statement approved by the Artist-in-Residence/Department head. Faculty members report to the Dean of the Art Academy and to the Director of the Academy and Museum.

Candidates for this position must be unusually well qualified to provide open, independent learning, resulting in rigorous production, critique and discussion, and inspire research, innovation and experimental paradigms. It is anticipated that the Artist-in-Residence/Department Head will also advocate for the program via the web, publications and national/international lectures as an active component of recruiting future students. Cranbrook Artists-in-Residence are provided with a private studio, housing on campus and benefits in addition to salary.

The Sculpture Department is housed in a 6,500 square foot complex, composed of individual studio spaces and shared work facilities. Equipment for metal fabrication includes M.I.G., T.I.G., Arc and oxy-acetylene welders, hydraulic shear, brake, slip roller, and pneumatic tools.
Facilities also exist within the Sculpture courtyard to provide a safe environment for the experimentation of epoxies and polyester resins, fiberglass, and plastics. Two 12’ × 15’ cross draft booths, equipped with outside air breathing systems, are part of this facility. Wood construction is also easily accomplished due to the department’s direct proximity to the Academy Woodshop.

Candidates for this position must be engaged in a robust creative practice that supports the discipline of Sculpture. Candidates should have a sustained record of peer recognition; a demonstrated commitment to college-level teaching, preferably at the Master’s level; a Master’s Degree or higher; excellent communication skills and leadership skills; the ability to provide a productive and interactive learning environment; and the capacity to make a significant contribution to the field and to the Academy.

Cranbrook Academy of Art is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment, and strongly encourages applications from women, transgender individuals and those who may be gender non-conforming, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We are responsive to the needs of dual career couples and are committed to supporting the work-life balance of our Artists-in-Residence.

Position commences September 2018.

Applications consist of two pieces: a single PDF document and a completed Cranbrook Faculty Application form.

Cranbrook Faculty Application Form:

The PDF should contain a cover letter, departmental philosophy, curriculum vitae and contact information for three references. It should also include a portfolio of the candidate’s work (20 images). Applicants are encouraged to describe in their letter of intent how their research contributes to building and supporting diverse communities and to describe previous activities mentoring members of underrepresented groups. The PDF should be labeled as FirstInitial.LastName.pdf

Applications received by October 16, 2017 will be given priority consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Materials should be sent to

For more information about the Academy and our programs, please visit our website:

Cranbrook Academy of Art Statement of Non-Discrimination:
Cranbrook is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse work environment. Cranbrook Academy of Art does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, height, weight, marital status, disability, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state or federal law in its programs and activities.

  • Cranbrook is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and nondiscrimination in all aspects of employment. As an EEO employer, Cranbrook’s policy is that employment- related decisions shall be made without regard to an applicant’s or employee’s race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, height, weight, marital status, disability, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state or federal law.

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Contact Information

  • Amy Deines

    Cranbrook Academy of Art
    39221 Woodward Avenue - PO Box 801
    Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
  • 248-645-3301


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