Transformation Fellow Call for Applications

Oct. 25, 2018

 

2019 Transformation Fellow

Call for Applications

Deadline November 28, 2018                                                                                          

The Department of Art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) invites applications for a Transformation Fellow for a term from February 19 to April 6, 2019.

During the course of their term here, the Transformation Fellow will support diversity, equity, and inclusion as a critic and mentor within the Bachelor of Arts (BA) Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs and engage with communities at UNLV and in Las Vegas at large.

While there are no formal teaching requirements for the Transformation Fellow, this is a “working” residency program. In addition to the primary objective of furthering one’s creative or critical practice during their time in Las Vegas, Fellows will be asked to fulfill at least 6 hours/week in service work with, and on behalf of, the Department of Art. In addition to conducting studio visits with students, attending Spring semester Graphic Design and Media programming, BFA and MFA Thesis and Midway exhibitions, and participating in discussions and group critiques of student work, the Fellow’s plan should include a community engagement component. This may involve the following types of activities which relate to the Transformation Fellow’s own creative practice, skills, and interests:

  • hosting a short series of salons or pop-up exhibitions to address key topics of relevance to artists, designers, and the Las Vegas community;

  • presenting a public lecture;

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

The fellow will have 24-hour access to a studio space. An 8,000 USD honorarium, and a 2,000 USD housing/travel stipend will be provided. The Department of Art will serve as a resource and help facilitate introductions to students and the local community. There will be a separate budget for engagements.

The Transformation Fellow will be an artist, scholar, designer, educator, curator, or community arts leader who has 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 those who have followed traditional and nontraditional paths.

UNLV is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All applicants will receive consideration for employment 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. UNLV employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. 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 ranked #1 for diversity by US News & World Report, and designated by the federal government as a Hispanic Serving Institution. About 70% of the students are students of color. Many are the first in their families to attend College. UNLV offers one of the most affordable University educations in the US.

The Department of Art is reviewing and revising its curriculum and programming to create a model for professional development in all areas of the arts, design, and art history, to teach the diversity of culture and identity in the US and its democratic values, and to prepare graduates for success in competitive and evolving communities through access to cutting-edge fabrication equipment, new critical and creative contexts, and opportunities for exhibition, discussion, and critique linked with various progressive and interdisciplinary partners in Las Vegas and beyond.

To apply:

Please submit by November 28, 2018, as a single PDF to art.gradcoord@unlv.edu with “Transformation Fellow” in the subject line:

  1. a cover letter;

  2. a project proposal for your time at UNLV that defines transformation and addresses how you will involve students, faculty, staff, and diverse members of various communities in your undertaking;

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

  4. A portfolio, as applicable, with 5-10 pages of work. Please embed images within pdf and link to vimeo for video. We will review up to 10 minutes of video submissions. 

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

Successful applicants will be notified December 10, 2018.

Image: from Full Orchestra, Marcus Civin 2018 performance at the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, in collaboration with students, faculty and alumni from the UNLV School of Music and the UNLV Department of Art. Image credit Shahab Zargari.