2021 Department of Art Virtual Artist-in-Residence Call for Applications

Jan. 8, 2021

The Department of Art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) invites applications for a one-time Virtual Artist-In-Residence for a 20-day engagement in 2021.

The Virtual Artist-In-Residence (VAIR) will empower a new generation of artists, designers, and art historians and connect UNLV with the local community. In Spring 2019, Amanda Browder, created a public art project that involved students, faculty, staff, and the local community. The 2021 Department of Art VAIR. will distribute a compassionate educational framework respectful of the Las Vegas community as a whole. The VAIR will provide an opportunity for our students and the community to co-author new work. The resulting project will promote an innovative model for being together in the world. During a term of twenty days this spring, the VAIR. will support diversity, equity, and inclusion as an online critic in the Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), and Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) programs and engage with communities at UNLV and in Las Vegas at large.

While there are no formal teaching requirements for the VAIR, they will actively engage with students and the community. The VAIR will engage in the following types of activities:

  • hosting a virtual exhibition to address topics of relevance to artists, designers, art historians, and the Las Vegas community;

  • presenting a virtual lecture, shared resources, or professional development activities;

  • conducting other online engagements open to students and the public;

  • activating a virtual collaboration between Department of Art students and the local community and/or a local non-profit organization;

  • online studio visits and critiques with graduate and undergraduate students.

Department of Art students are particularly interested in engaging with someone who has found an interesting career path, who is inventive, innovative, impactful, and might help them network. The Department of Art is proud of its work with all of its students, including veterans, non-traditional age students, LGBTQ+ students, students of color, Indigenous students, undocumented students, students who are also parents, and working students. Facts and statistics about UNLV overall can be found here: www.unlv.edu/about/facts-stats.

Given the uncertainty of current conditions with COVID-19, the residency terms will follow all health mandates. In light of this situation, the VAIR will be able to work with students and communities to help find new creative pathways in remote learning or synergies between art, design, and health in an online environment. This work will reflect the mission of the College of Fine Arts at UNLV to boldly launch visionaries who transform the global community through collaboration, scholarship, and innovation.

UNLV will provide an honorarium of $10,000.00 for the 20-day engagement, paid upon completion of the project. The Department of Art will serve as a resource during the residency and will help facilitate introductions between the VAIR, students and the local community.

The VAIR will be an artist, scholar, designer, educator, curator, or community arts leader with at least one solo exhibition, publication, or significant public or collaborative project of note. This position is open to those who have a terminal degree or comparable experience and, or  have followed traditional and non-traditional career paths.

UNLV is committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Founded in 1957, UNLV is a public degree-granting institution of approximately 30,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff. UNLV is located on a 332-acre campus near the Las Vegas Strip. It is often ranked highly for diversity by U.S. News & World Report, and is designated by the federal government as a Hispanic Serving Institution. 

The Department of Art is a department like no other: www.unlv.edu/art. One of the larger departments on campus at UNLV, we aim to prepare graduates for success in competitive communities through access to fabrication equipment, critical and creative contexts, and opportunities for exhibition, discussion, and critique linked with various partners in Las Vegas and beyond.

To apply: Please submit the following as a single PDF to art.gradcoord@unlv.edu with “Virutal AIR 2021” in the subject line by NOON PST February 7, 2021:

  1. A cover letter describing your engagement with community and how you have encouraged participation in projects in the past;

  2. A project proposal for your virtual residency that defines transformation and addresses how you will work remotely and involve students, faculty, staff, and diverse members of various communities in your undertaking. Please describe in particular how you will work with students, creating a high degree of accessibility, online engagement, and possibly addressing students’ career goals;

  3. A project calendar, assuming 20 days of remote work and including remote visits with students;

  4. A project budget not to exceed $3,000.00;

  5. A bio and CV with contact information for 2 references;

  6. A portfolio with 5-10 pages of work. Please embed images within the PDF and links to Vimeo or Youtube for video. We will review up to 10 minutes of video submissions. 

Email questions to Wendy Kveck at art.gradcoord@unlv.edu.