MSU Residency opportunity!

Opportunity at Midwestern State University.


Artist In Residence

Midwestern State University

Ceramics Department


Dates of Residency: August 15, 2016 through August 15, 2017 (one year minimum, with the possibility of one year renewal)


Application Deadline: Priority is given to applications received by July 15, 2016.  The position will be open until filled.


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 a professor, 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: or the MSU Ceramics Department


Midwestern will provide:

• A small-furnished apartment located at a private residence three miles from MSU with all utilities paid including Wi-Fi (details to be discussed during the interview process)

• 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 minimum stipend of $6,000 per year

• The possibility of teaching one Ceramics for Non-Majors course per semester as an adjunct professor, at $2,500 per course (it has met enrollment every semester it has been offered)

• A solo exhibition (details to be discussed)


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

• Will facilitate the making of 1,000 bowls for the Wichita Falls Empty Bowls event . . . The studio made over 1,000 bowls and raised $85,000 in 2015)

• Will teach one continuing education wheel-throwing course per semester

• Will teach one Ceramics for Non-Majors class per semester (if it meets enrollment)

• 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 of artwork for MSU’s permanent collection  


Requirements: An MFA in ceramics (or related discipline) is required as there is the probability of teaching a university level core course. All applicant reviews will be based on portfolio review and individual merit. 


Equipment available to Resident:

• Three computer controlled 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



For initial consideration, please make the following available in a single PDF via Dropbox by July 15, 2016. You do not need a Dropbox account to upload files to this Dropbox link. 


Please put your documentation in the following order and please do not email application materials:

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

• CV

• Artist’s statement

• Teaching philosophy/statement (include a paragraph on how you would teach a continuing education (adult education) course

• Minimum of 20 jpegs of recent work (please note your website URL (web address) if possible) If you list your website address, you do not need to send images in your PDF

• If available, a minimum of 10 jpegs of student work. These can be on your website as well.

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


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: July 15 or until position is filled) 

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