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Appalachian Center for Craft

Artist in Residence Program

The Appalachian Center for Craft's Artist in Residence Program (AIR) allows emerging professional artists to live and work in its immersive studio environment. The AIR program is a one-year appointment, renewable for up to an additional year. Each studio (clay, fibers, glass, metals, wood, and exhibitions) has an Artist in Residence with a BFA, MFA or professional equivalent. AIRs are integral to the educational programs of the Craft Center, providing additional artistic perspectives, expertise and experiences to our students.

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    The Center for Craft employs a competitive application process to fill these positions. Positions open up at different times throughout the year and are posted to the Tennessee Tech University jobs page as they become available. Applications can only be accepted through the Tennessee Tech jobs web page. Please refer to Jobs@Tntech.edu for the latest open positions. For more information, please email craftcenter@tntech.edu, call 931-372-3051, or request to be added to our email newsletter list, so that we can send you our latest monthly news.

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    The Center for Craft employs a competitive application process to fill these positions. Positions open up at different times throughout the year and are posted to the Tennessee Tech University jobs page as they become available. Applications can only be accepted through the Tennessee Tech jobs web page. Please refer to Jobs@Tntech.edu for the latest open positions. For more information, please email craftcenter@tntech.edu, call 931-372-3051, or request to be added to our email newsletter list, so that we can send you our latest monthly news.

    TERM OF THE RESIDENCY: One year appointment, with option to renew for one more year at the discretion of ACC faculty.
    QUALIFICATIONS: An MFA degree from an accredited institution is usually preferred, but BFA degree holders and those with equivalent experience may apply.
    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Oversight of and general maintenance of studio supplies and equipment. The resident will work 20 hours per week. Tasks include managing studio needs, ordering materials, and ensuring smooth operation of programs. Specifics of managing the studio will be discussed with the artist in residence in advance of agreeing to a contract.
    INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT: Occasional teaching opportunities may be available during faculty absence, if the candidate possess an MFA degree.  Resident may have the opportunity to teach workshops and academic classes, but this is not guaranteed and varies by studio concentration. The resident must produce a significant body of studio work while showing a high level of technical expertise and aesthetic merit. In consultation with the department head, expectations of the AIR’s studio work will be reviewed after arrival. 
    COMPENSATION:  20 hours per week. One year appointment. Residence in Craft Center housing is a required condition of studio residencies. Single occupancy bedroom with private bath (whether married or single, cooking and lounge facilities are shared with other residents), individual studio space and 24 hour studio access are provided. A small stipend annually is provided, Also, opportunities for additional employment through workshop and outreach programs may be available. Benefits include the accumulation of annual and sick leave on a prorated basis equal to the percentage of employment, and thirteen (13) pro-rated University holidays. Other benefits include pro-rated retirement, optional 401k, and educational benefits. 
    APPLICATION PROCEDURE: All applicants must apply online at Jobs@Tntech.edu and are required to electronically upload a resume and provide contact information for three references. Official transcripts required upon hire. Tennessee Tech University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, sex, disability, age (40 and over), status as a protected veteran, genetic information or any other category protected by federal or state law. Inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies should be directed to equity@tntech.edu.


Current Residents

CLAY  RachelClark

Rachel Clark, rhclark@tntech.edu

Rachel Clark obtained her BFA in ceramics at Tennessee Technological University’s Appalachian Center for Craft. Post-graduation, she worked as a studio potter under Susan DeMay, professional artist and ceramics instructor at Vanderbilt University. After moving to Eastern North Carolina, she worked as the gallery preparator for The Imperial Center for the Arts and Sciences and was on the First Friday planning board for the city of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Rachel’s work has been featured in venues including Strictly Functional Pottery National, the North Carolina Pottery Center, Dog’s Eye Gallery, and Emerge Gallery and is published in Ceramics Monthly. www.rachelclarkceramics.com 


FIBERS  JessicaHagar

Jessica Hagar, jessicarosehagar@gmail.com 

Jessica Rose Hagar grew up in the town of McMinnville, and developed a love for art through community art programs, and began her college career at Tennessee Technological University desiring to teach art on a professional level. She has been nationally nominated for a NICHE Award, was awarded a Juror’s Choice Award at Tennessee Tech’s Annual Juried Student Show Exhibition and was awarded 3rd place during the Spotlight on Student Fiber Trends Exhibition at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Jessica has received the Bacchanal Art Scholarship as well as a grant for an Internship in New York City with Kordal Knitwear. Her work can be found in galleries throughout middle Tennessee. www.jrosetextilearts.com


GLASS  EricDePan

Eric DePan, edepan@tntech.edu

Eric DePan was born and raised in Houston, TX. He received honors from University of Houston but transitioned to a studio glass practice shortly after through work/exchange programs of Penland School of Craft, Haystack Mountain School, and Corning Museum of Glass. His pursuit of glass has led him to contracts in Fairbanks Alaska, Murano Italy, Kobo Glass in Toyama Japan and Augusta Glass Studio with Sam Stang and Kaeko Maehata. In addition to his glass-making skills he brings amazing technical knowledge from electrical and welding contracts both domestic and abroad also having coordinated build out of studios for Houston Makerspace in Houston, TX.

 


METALS  AnneBujold

Anne Bujold, abujold@tntech.edu

Anne Bujold has been working with metal since 2004, beginning study at Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) where she earned a BFA in Craft, and continuing at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Craft and Material Studies Program, where she earned her MFA in 2018. Utilizing a combination of blacksmithing, fabrication, and traditional metalsmithing techniques, she draws inspiration from the natural world and translates it into lasting objects. www.annebujold.com


WOOD 

MichaelOsheroff

Michael Osheroff, mosheroff@tntech.edu

Michael Osheroff recently completely his MFA in Furniture Design at the Herron School of Art and Design and previously earned a BFA in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis. Michael has taught workshops, assisted multiple custom furniture studios, and served as both assistant teacher and assistant shop tech for furniture classes at the Herron School.

 

 

 


EXHIBITIONS  GlennaDameBaker

Glenna Dame-Baker,
gdbaker@tntech.edu

Glenna Dame-Baker is our  Artist in Residence for Exhibitions. She is a graduate of the Ringling College of Art and Design sculpture program in Sarasota, Florida. She comes to us with extensive experience as a gallery preparator and arts educator. She is currently focused on developing her painting practice.