The Brown University Department of Visual Art is searching for artists to primarily teach courses at the Foundation level, with the possibility of covering some upper-level courses in related areas. Artists will be hired for one-year appointments to teach up to four courses in Studio Foundation, Foundation Media, 2D Foundation, 3D Foundation, and/or Photography Foundation. Appointments may be renewed annually for up to three years with the successful completion of each year.
The Brown University Visual Art Department strives to continually redefine the scope of art through exploration, experimentation, and critical inquiry. We aim to provide new knowledge in the field of art. We equip dedicated practitioners and non-artists alike with literacy in the arts, technical skills, and tools for creative problem-solving.
Studio Foundation VISA0100
This foundation studio course introduces various drawing techniques, principles of 2D composition, and a critical framework for creating and interpreting images. This introduction to art materials, techniques and concepts are currently required for all Visual Art Concentrators. It serves as a prerequisite for upper-level studio courses and is an elective course for the University at large.
Foundation Media VISA0120
This foundation studio course serves as an introduction to the production and theory of time-based digital media and introduces the computer as a medium and a tool for art. Students will experiment with the production of video, sound, and interactive media. Students will examine and produce work that is multidisciplinary in nature, combining aspects of critical discourse, art, and technology. This course is one of five possible concentration requirement options for Visual Art Concentrators and is an elective course for the University at large.
Sculpture Foundation VISA0130
This foundation studio course is an introduction to 3D form and structure, and aims to develop spatial literacy and various 3D design and construction techniques. Students explore the structural, compositional and conceptual implications of commonly used materials, such as wood, metal, plaster and found objects, and are instructed on the safe use of select hand and power tools. This course is one of five possible concentration requirement options for Visual Art Concentrators and is an elective course for the University at large.
Photography Foundation VISA0140
This foundation studio course is a wide-ranging technical and conceptual introduction to 19th-21st century photographic processes. Technical topics include cameras, lenses, darkroom overview, alternative processes, pixel-based software, digital scanning, and natural and artificial lighting. Select examples from the history of photography help to provide conceptual, technical and aesthetic frameworks for creating and interpreting photographic images. This course is one of five possible concentration requirement options for Visual Art Concentrators and is an elective course for the University at large.
Digital 2D Foundation VISA0150
This foundation studio course introduces basic practices and concepts of two-dimensional digital media production, including image acquisition, editing and pixel-based manipulation, vector illustration, algorithmic processes, and preparation for online and offline viewing. This course is one of five possible concentration requirement options for Visual Art Concentrators and is an elective course for the University at large.
Foundation Painting VISA0160
This foundation studio course uses acrylics to cover basic instruction in media & painting procedure with emphasis on development of the image as visual statement as well as basic color principles, painting, techniques & concepts. This course is one of five possible concentration requirement options for Visual Art Concentrators and is an elective course for the University at large.
Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.
Interested applicants should submit the following:
Transcript (Official or Unofficial)
Names and contact information for 3 references
A portfolio of a maximum of 5 projects, represented by up to 20 images, and/or 5 minutes of sound and/or video, and/or links to online projects. All visual material and documents will be uploaded to Interfolio. The candidate should provide links to their website, if applicable.
About Brown University
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