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Indigenous Artist, Assistant Professor, Two Positions

University of Manitoba


The School of Art at the University of Manitoba invites applications from Indigenous (e.g., First Nations, Métis, Inuit) artists for two full-time tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing July 1, 2018, or as soon thereafter as possible.

We welcome candidates working in, or across all fields of visual and media arts. We seek candidates with a strong commitment to multi-disciplinary practice, an active research program, a significant exhibition record, and an ability to integrate historical, critical, and theoretical understandings of contemporary visual practice into their teaching and research. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated commitment and leadership in the areas of Indigenous visual culture, student achievement, and community engagement. The successful applicant must hold an MFA or an equivalent degree in a closely related discipline, or equivalent professional experience. Applicants should demonstrate their ability to establish an active studio practice and research program, and promote collaboration within the School, across campus, and in the wider community. The position includes responsibilities in teaching, research and service.
Teaching experience would be a strong asset, as the position entails graduate and undergraduate instruction in studio art.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and innovative educational community located on the Fort Garry campus of the University of Manitoba. The School of Art has 16 full-time faculty, and over 300 students. The School of Art is located in ARTlab, an award-winning, state of the art structure, which houses classrooms and studios for drawing, painting, video, print media, photography, graphic design, and digital media, as well as the School of Art Gallery. Faculty are also provided office and studio space in the adjoining Taché Hall building. The School of Art offers excellent opportunities for research, collaboration, and teaching in both graduate and undergraduate programs. The School of Art offers an MFA in studio practice, a BFA and BFA honours programs in studio practice and art history. For further information, please visit the School of Art website:

The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. Creating Pathways to Indigenous Achievement is a key priority for the University, as identified in its 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, Taking Our Place. Home to a vibrant Indigenous community, with more than 2,400 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students, the U of M has one of the largest Indigenous student populations in the country. Honoured to be chosen as the host of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, the U of M is dedicated to advancing Indigenous research and scholarship, and to becoming a centre of excellence for this work.

Manitoba’s Indigenous population is young and rapidly growing. Statistics Canada census data suggest that Indigenous peoples will comprise nearly 19 per cent of Manitoba’s population by 2026. The University of Manitoba’s role in reconciliation; its connections with Indigenous students, partners and communities; and its commitment to Indigenous achievement are central to the kind of future the University seeks to create.

The University is located in Winnipeg, the largest city in the province of Manitoba. The city has a rich cultural environment. The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Plug In ICA, Urban Shaman, aceartinc., and Platform Gallery are among its many exciting gallery venues. Border Crossings, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Manitoba Opera, and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre are some of its cultural institutions. A varied and innovative calendar of cultural festivals with a strong emphasis on the performing arts compliments Winnipeg’s rich “brick and mortar” cultural institutions. Winnipeg is a centre for winter festivals and activities.

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Indigenous Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Applicants must, at application, declare that he/she/they self-identifies an Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit).

Applications must include the following materials via email (noted below):

1) A cover letter describing what you would bring to the position and how you would contribute to the educational community at the School of Art (one page, pdf file);

2) Curriculum vitae detailing education, professional background, exhibition history, and teaching record (pdf file);

3) Statement of teaching philosophy and practice (one page, pdf file);

4) Statement of research interests (one page, pdf file);

5) 20 images of your work and/or up to 60 minutes of time-based work, up to 10 images of your students’ work, and an image checklist. Images should be presented as high-quality, Mac and PC readable .jpeg files; time- based works should be in a Mac and PC readable file format;

6) Names and contact information for three referees (references will be requested for short-listed candidates);

7) Sample outlines for courses taught (pdf files);

8) Copies of degrees;

9) Indigenous self-declaration verification. Send application materials to:

David Foster, Chair, Search Committee School of Art, 313 ARTlab
University of Manitoba 180 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3T 2N2

The committee will begin reviewing applications on April 3rd, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.