Friday, July 24, 2015

Fantastic Paid RESIDENCY Opportunity for MFA Ceramics in Wichita Falls TX

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I don't usually post these thing in full but the DEADLINE is only a week a way and this is a REALLY FANTASTIC opportunity for someone with an MFA and dreams to teach ceramics!!!

PASS it on !!!


If you know anyone who might be interested in our residency program here at Midwestern State University, please forward the message below or attached document. Our residency continues to be enhanced by the inclusion of a $6,000 stipend, free housing (including utilities), and the probability/possibility of two adjunct ceramics courses at $2,500 per course.

It is pretty "late in the day” since our semester starts in a month. So . . . If you have time, please pass this around as quickly as possible. But please know, the reason why it is so late is our current resident has just told me he has a been offered a job . . . we are now 4 for 4 with our residents. All four have earned themselves a full time ceramics teaching position!!

Thank you for your time!




Artist In Residence

Midwestern State University

Ceramics Department

Dates of Residency: August 15, 2015 through August 15, 2016 (one year minimum, with the possibility of one year renewal)

Application Deadline: Position is open until filled. Priority is given to applications received by Saturday, August 1, 2015.

This self-directed residency is designed to provide a ceramic artist with university based studio access, as they make the transition from or between academic settings. Furthermore, the program is intended to allow a resident the time and space to pursue a body of work in a creative and energetic environment, while enhancing the art program at Midwestern State University. The accepted artist will participate within the ceramics area as an informal collaborator and mentor for students, while working in the common studio space. To see images of the ceramics studio at Midwestern, please go to:

Midwestern will provide:
• All materials and firing
• A small office with internet access and storage space

• Studio space in the common 4000 square foot studio area

• 24-hour/7 days per week access
• Most university privileges as given to full time faculty (access to the workout facility, reserved parking ($50), library access, etc.)
• A small-furnished apartment located at a private residence three miles from MSU with utilities paid including Wi-Fi (details to be discussed during the interview process).
• A minimum stipend of $6000 per year
• The possibility of teaching one Ceramics for Non-Majors course per semester as an adjunct professor, at $2,500 per course (if the course enrolls 10 students)
• The possibility of a solo exhibition (details to be discussed during the interview process)

The Resident Artist:

• Will be responsible for 10 hours per week of studio management and maintenance (including but not limited to the following: loading and unloading kilns, clay inventory, mixing clay, mixing glaze and firing kilns, and facilitating the making of bowls for the Wichita Falls Empty Bowls event . . . The studio made over 1,000 bowls and raised $86,000 in 2015)
• Will teach one continuing education wheel-throwing course per semester
• Will teach one ceramics for non-majors class per semester if the course makes enrollment of 10 students (It has made enrollment for the fall semester of 2015)
• Will attend opening receptions and special events

• Will be responsible for all non-ceramic related expenses aside from accommodation
• Will help set up and work the Mother’s Day Ceramic Sale
• Will help fire the wood kiln once per semester
• Will give one public lecture on her/his work
• Will donate one piece for the permanent collection of MSU

Equipment available to Resident: 

• Three large electric kilns

• Large Brent slab roller

• Two extruders

• Three pugmills
• Soldner mixer
• Separate well equipped glaze room
• Spray booth

• Materials and clay mixing/storage room
• 18 electric wheels
• One wheelchair accessible wheel
• Ball mill

5,000 square foot covered kiln yard with the following:
• Two 40 cubic foot computer-controlled Geil car kilns
• A 30 cubic foot “fast fire” wood kiln
• Two older updraft kilns
• A 30 cubic foot downdraft soda kiln
• A 3 cubic foot updraft test kiln
Access by permission to the following studios:
• Painting
• Sculpture
• Metals
• Printmaking
• 24 station Adobe Suite equipped Mac lab with large format printers

Requirements: An MFA in ceramics is required as there is a probability/possibility for teaching a university level core course. All applicant reviews will be based on portfolio review and individual merit.


For initial consideration, please e-mail, Dropbox, or make the following available by website/blog by August 1, 2015. We will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. (Please do not email images):

• Letter of interest with a paragraph on what you would like to accomplish while at MSU (email)

• CV (email)

• Artist's statement (email)

• 20 jpegs of recent work (Dropbox or website/blog – website preferred)

• If available, 10 jpegs of student work (Dropbox or website/blog- website preferred)

• Contact information (email and phone) for 3 references . . . Please make one reference a former professor (email)

Steve Hilton, Associate Professor

Midwestern State University

Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts

3410 Taft Blvd.

Wichita Falls, TX 76308

(940) 613.7041

(Application deadline: August 1 or until position is filled)

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