[Air-l] Position announcement

Steve Jones sjones at uic.edu
Mon Mar 4 07:37:34 PST 2002


New Media and Computer Art Instructor or Assistant Professor
Photography and New Media Department
Tenure Track

Kansas City Art Institute, a national leader in visual arts 
education, is accepting nominations and applications for a New Media 
Instructor or Assistant Professor in the college's Photography and 
New Media Department.  This is a tenure track position.  The start 
date will be August 15, 2002.

The successful candidate will teach in a strongly innovative program 
emphasizing interdisciplinary and experimental approaches to art 
making and teaching.  The appointee must have thorough knowledge of 
basic computer animation and modeling software such as 3DS Max and 
Cinema 4D, multimedia authoring such as Director and Shockwave, HTML, 
and a strong general interest in interactive multimedia using 
multiple platforms such as PC, Mac, and Unix-based workstations. 
Knowledge of Maya's character animation and visual effects system, 
and authoring for The Web, CD- and DVD-ROMs is also desirable.  With 
a grounding in history, contemporary art theory and media culture, 
the successful candidate will also teach New Media Toolbox 1 and 2, 
the media component of the sophomore year program, Advanced Workshops 
and other Studio Seminars.

The successful candidate must have demonstrated professional 
achievement, hold the MFA degree (or equivalent) and have 
college-level teaching experience.  Women artists and artists of 
diverse ethnicity are especially encouraged to consider this 

Kansas City Art Institute is a four-year, independent and accredited 
college of art and design founded in 1885, and located in the 
cultural heart of metropolitan Kansas City.  The college enrolls 
nearly 550 undergraduate students drawn from throughout the United 
States and several other countries.

This position is open until filled.  However, applications received 
by December 1 will be assured of being considered for an invitation 
to meet with KCAI representatives at the College Art Association 
Annual Conference in Philadelphia in February 2002.  Applicants 
should send:  letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of 
teaching philosophy, and a list of 3 references we may contact.  Also 
include no more than 20 minutes of own video or other relevant media 
and self-addressed stamped envelope for return of materials. 
Finalists will be asked to submit transcripts to complete their 
application.  Mail applications to:

Kansas City Art Institute
New Media and Computer Art Inst./Asst. Prof. Search
c/o Human Resources
4415 Warwick Boulevard
Kansas City, MO  64111-1874

Kansas City Art Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Arts in Kansas City

Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI), as the oldest cultural institution 
in Kansas City, anchors the cultural district of Kansas City. In the 
fall of 1999, KCAI opened the award winning and critically acclaimed 
H&R Block Artspace, a gallery dedicated to contemporary art and 
visual arts education.  KCAI is located between the Nelson-Atkins 
Museum of Art, renowned for its Asian art collection and its 17-acre 
sculpture garden of twentieth-century masterworks, and The Kemper 
Museum of Contemporary Art, which showcases work by emerging and 
established national and international artists.

The Kansas City Art Institute hosts an annual visiting artist series, 
with recent presentations and workshops by Alfredo Jaar, Jose Bedia, 
Stanley Whitney, Vito Acconci, and Roger Shimomura, among others. 
KCAI hosts numerous national art conferences, including the Surface 
Design Conference 2000 and the National Council for the Education of 
Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in 1989 and again in 2002. KCAI and its faculty 
are involved in initiating and developing innovative arts programming 
in a variety of venues within the region. Select programs in which 
our faculty are involved include the Electromediascope series at the 
Nelson-Atkins Museum which showcases the work of  experimental, new 
media productions and Professor Hugh Merrill's community arts project 
with inner city youth, "Portrait of Self", in conjunction with the 
Christian Boltanski exhibition at the Kemper Museum.

There is both private and public community support for Kansas City 
artists and arts organizations, including the $200 million expansion 
of the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the Kansas City Symphony, the State 
Ballet of Missouri, the Lyric Opera, the Friends of Chamber Music, 
and the Jazz Hall of Fame, to name a few.  In 1998, the Kansas City 
philanthropic community gave more to their community foundation than 
any other city in the United States, including New York City.  The 
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation recently secured matching 
grants, totaling $2 million, from the Lila Wallace Readers Digest 
Fund and the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation for the creation of 
the new Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City.  With the creation 
of the One-Percent-for-Art Program in 1991, nearly $2.5 million worth 
of public art projects have been commissioned to local, national, and 
international artists such as Deborah Butterfield, R.M. Fischer, 
Robert Morris, Warren Rosser, Ken Ferguson, Stephen B. Whitacre, and 
Joel Shapiro. 

The Crossroads District, located just north of the new $100 million 
Union Station/Science City redevelopment project, has now emerged as 
a vital community of commercial galleries showing national and 
international artists.  The Crossroads District is also home to Grand 
Arts and the Margaret Hall Silva Foundation, which awards grants and 
exhibitions to contemporary artists, for new projects both regionally 
and nationally.  In addition, the West Bottoms in the old Kansas City 
stockyards is a thriving area of inexpensive studio/living and 
alternative gallery spaces.  In the case of both art districts, KCAI 
alumni figure very prominently in their development and ongoing 

In recent years, Kansas City has emerged as a vibrant, nurturing 
environment for artists who can bring enthusiasm and a history of 
commitment to the arts and arts education in our community.  The 
Kansas City Art Institute welcomes dedicated artists and scholars to 
our work.

HRO 08/28/2001

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