Employment

AHVA Gallery Attendant Position: Apply by January 11

The AHVA Gallery is looking for a Gallery Monitor & Exhibition Assistant for now through the end of April to help support a dynamic public exhibition schedule for the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory. The Gallery Monitor is a key member of the AHVA Gallery Team. As a Monitor you will welcome and engage visitors at the gallery during regular open hours and at special events, you will be responsible for maintaining the gallery, and monitoring the art exhibits. You will also assist the Gallery Team with exhibition preparations, installation and public event support.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Basic front desk duties (welcoming visitors, answering phone calls, directing inquiries, basic paper work)
  • Maintaining general security for exhibitions in a public space.
  • Supporting exhibition installation using basic hand tools, wall fasteners and paint.
  • Assisting artists, curators and organizers with art exhibit preparations and related details.
  • Handling, assembling and installing art work, various displays, some lighting and supports.
  • Coordinating A/V and supporting equipment pick up, set up and return.
  • Assisting with public event details and hosting.
  • Other duties as required.
  • Some evening and weekend shifts are required.

The Assistant will work under the direct supervision of and receive training from the Studio, Safety, & Facilities Advisor and Gallery Coordinator. In addition to working with the Gallery Coordinator during set up periods, assistants will be scheduled for daily gallery monitoring shifts during which they will operate under minimal supervision, however, with regular scheduled supervisor check-ins during their shift. 

Qualifications

An appropriate and successful candidate will:

  • be an undergraduate or graduate level student, eligible for the UBC Work Learn Program with specific interests in the visual arts, art history and/or exhibit installation as to be a great fit for the position.
  • have great communication skills, excellent customer service skills and be comfortable working with the public. This is a very people oriented opportunity.
  • be enthusiastic about working in a dynamic team environment but will also be very self-motivated.
  • have some previous basic experience with hand tools (woodwork, finishing) along with basic computer, word processing and social media skills.
  • have some previous experience with supporting public events (Serving it Right certification is desirable).
  • The gallery has 5 regularly scheduled shifts per week with open hours Monday – Friday, 12 – 4 PM. Each shift is 4 hours. Students will be available to accommodate the shift times and will be expected to work 1 or 2 shifts per week, or a combination thereof.

Skills

Students will develop specific workplace skills for a Gallery Environment with:

  • Direct exposure to exhibition planning and curatorial considerations and strategies.
  • Experience in all aspects of exhibition preparation, installation, maintenance and documentation.
  • Tool, equipment and material handling skills.
  • Art object handling and display techniques for a wide range of media.
  • Exhibition lighting set up.
  • Special public event support.

Please apply with cover letter, resume and course schedule to Jeremy Jaud (Jeremy.Jaud@ubc.ca).


Seeking Assistant Professor in Art History — Late Antique to Medieval World before 1400 (tenure-track)

The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, specializing in the art history of the late antique to medieval period (before 1400) in any region(s) of Western Eurasia and/or North Africa. The anticipated start date of employment is as early as July 1, 2019.

 

Applicants should practice a comparative critical approach, demonstrate engagement with recent debates in their field and show proficiency in the languages their specialization requires. The successful candidate will be well versed in the most advanced theoretical and methodological concerns of the discipline. The ability to teach across geographical areas and chronological periods would be an asset.

 

The University of British Columbia, one of the largest and most distinguished universities in Canada, has excellent resources for scholarly research. The art history program offers BA, MA, and PhD degrees as well as a diploma, and partners with departmental programs in visual art and in critical and curatorial studies. For more information, visit: www.ahva.ubc.ca. The department maintains close ties with the world-renowned Museum of Anthropology and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, and is a participant in the Bachelor of Media Studies program. This position presents the opportunity to engage with an interdisciplinary group of scholars within UBC’s larger academic community, including the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies; the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies; Department of Asian Studies; Department of History; Department of English Language and Literatures; and the Medieval Studies program.

 

Applicants must have a PhD (or have successfully defended their dissertation by the position start date) in art history or a related discipline. They are expected to provide strong evidence of active and excellent research and to demonstrate a record of, or high potential for, teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will be required to teach courses across the late antique and medieval period of art history and will be expected to maintain an active program of research, publication, teaching, graduate supervision and service.

 

Applicants must submit their application at https://ahva.air.arts.ubc.ca/2018-19-application-for-assistant-professor-of-art-history/ and upload the following in the order listed within a single PDF (max size 15MB):

  • a letter of application
  • a detailed curriculum vitae
  • a statement of research philosophy
  • a statement of teaching philosophy
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (from various sources, e.g., teaching evaluations and/or course syllabi)
  • a sample dissertation chapter or scholarly paper
  • a one-page statement identifying the applicant’s contributions, or potential contributions, to diversity, along with their ability to work with a culturally diverse student body

 

Applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference submitted by email by October 10 to: ahva.head@ubc.ca, or by mail to: Professor Joseph Monteyne, Chair, Art History Search Committee, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory; University of British Columbia, 400 – 6333 Memorial Road, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z2, Canada.

 

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

 

Review of applications will begin on October 10, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

 

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Seeking Assistant Professor of Visual Art (tenure-track)

The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment in visual art at the rank of Assistant Professor. The anticipated start date of employment is as early as July 1, 2019.

 

The department seeks an individual who pursues studio practice against a strong background of contemporary, art-historical and theoretical concerns. We are particularly interested in individuals with an intensive expanded practice in material, skills-based, experimental and/or emerging fields. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of research, exhibition, graduate supervision, undergraduate- and graduate-level teaching and service. A demonstrated record of or potential for innovative pedagogical approaches is considered an asset.

 

Applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • an MFA degree is preferred; however, in exceptional cases, the equivalent combination of education and professional practice may be considered
  • an active national and international exhibition record or alternatively, a significant contribution to an emerging field of practice
  • a serious engagement with contemporary art practice, theory and critical discourse
  • post-secondary teaching experience or evidence of potential for teaching excellence, and the capacity to teach at all levels from foundation courses to graduate-level seminar and studio courses
  • ability to teach and to lead discussions on contemporary art and critical theory with students across all levels

 

As one of Canada’s largest and most distinguished universities, UBC has excellent resources for scholarly research and artistic practice. Our visual art faculty members have wide-ranging theoretical concerns in both conceptual and traditional practice. The visual art program partners with strong art history and curatorial studies programs to provide unique studio programs for its students, who may pursue a BFA, a BA major or minor in visual art, or an MFA in visual art. We are a participant in the Bachelor of Media Studies program. The department is associated with a leading contemporary art gallery, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, and the internationally recognized Museum of Anthropology. We also have a relationship with the Centre for Digital Media.

 

Applicants should apply through the UBC Faculty careers website: https://ahva.air.arts.ubc.ca/2018-19-assistant-professor-in-visual-art-application/ and be prepared to upload the following in the order listed:

  • a letter of application
  • a detailed curriculum vitae including statements of artistic, research, and teaching philosophies
  • a one-page statement identifying the applicant’s contributions, or potential contributions, to diversity and an ability to work with a culturally diverse student body
  • a URL to (and/or a PDF of) visual documentation of current work
  • a listing of relevant publications and exhibitions, including authored works and reviews
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (from various sources, e.g., teaching evaluations and/or course syllabi)

 

Applicants should arrange to have three signed confidential letters of reference submitted via email to: ahva.head@ubc.ca, or by mail to: Professor Dana Claxton, Chair, Visual Art Search Committee, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory; University of British Columbia, 400 – 6333 Memorial Road, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z2, Canada. For more information visit www.ahva.ubc.ca.

 

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

 

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

 

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.