[artinfo] Call for applications: Professorship in Painting

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Call for applications: Professorship in Painting

1 August 2015-31 July 2020

Application deadline: 5 December 2014, 15h local Helsinki time (UTC+2)

University of the Arts Helsinki
Academy of Fine Arts
Elimäenkatu 25 A 
00510 Helsinki 

The Academy of Fine Arts is part of the 
University of the Arts Helsinki and offers 
first-class instruction in Painting, Printmaking, 
Sculpture and Time and Space Arts. With a strong 
international outlook, it is also a pioneer in 
artistic research. The Academy has trained 
artists since 1848.

The Academy of Fine Arts invites applications for 
a professorship in painting to be filled for a 
fixed term from 1 August 2015 to 31 July 2020. 
The reasons for offering the position on a 
fixed-term basis include the nature of the 
artistic teaching duties in question and the 
changing needs of artistic activity and teaching. 

The purpose of instruction in painting is to 
examine the significance of today's painting as 
part of the discourses of contemporary art. 
Students explore the development of the medium in 
relation to its tradition, to different forms of 
expression and theories of contemporary art, as 
well as to cultural contexts in general.

Duties of the professor of painting:
- Provide and further develop teaching in painting
- Bear special responsibility for the instruction 
and personal guidance of Master's students 
- Supervise and examine theses
- Participate in curriculum planning for the Study Programme
- Participate in the collaboration between all 
Academy study programmes and joint studies
- Carry out independent artistic activities
- Participate in the Academy's administrative activities 
- Collaborate with the other academies at the 
University of the Arts Helsinki as well as with 
other universities and institutions 
- Follow developments in the arts and to promote 
community interaction and international 

Eligibility and qualification requirements 
The qualification requirements include an 
applicable educational background and/or artistic 
merits and qualifications, good teaching skills, 
and a wide knowledge of contemporary art and 
painting. The successful candidate will be 
familiar with the history and theory of painting. 
He or she will also be capable of assessing the 
role of painting in society. 

The successful candidate will have artistic 
qualifications and experience as well as a 
specific interest and enthusiasm for the 
development of this field and educational 
practice. The position also requires experience 
of international networking and the ability to 
engage in broad-based cooperation activities. 

The professor must be able to teach in Finnish, 
Swedish, or English. Finnish candidates will have 
excellent command of Finnish and English and at 
least satisfactory Swedish language proficiency. 
International candidates will have an excellent 
command of English.

When assessing the merits of applicants, 
attention will focus on extensive competence in 
the field, teaching experience, pedagogical 
training, or good teaching skills as confirmed in 
a teaching demonstration. University-level 
teaching experience in the arts will be 
considered an asset. 

How to apply
Applications should be submitted in English and 
they must include the following enclosures in 
four copies: 
- An informal report on the applicant's vision for the position
- A written report on the applicant's artistic 
and teaching merits relevant to the position
- A portfolio of the applicant's artistic 
activities or, alternatively, a selection of key 
pieces from the applicant's artistic work 
presented in some other manner (possible 
electronic material should be submitted in USB)
- A curriculum vitae
- A list of publications
- A certificate of language skills

Applications must be submitted by post to the 
following address: Academy of Fine Arts at the 
University of the Arts Helsinki 
PO Box 10 
00097 University of the Arts Helsinki

If applicants send their application via a 
courier service, they should use the visiting 
Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki 
Elimäenkatu 25 A
FI-00510 Helsinki

The closing date for applications is 5 December 
at 15h local Helsinki time (UTC+2). Late 
applications will not be considered. The envelope 
should be marked: "Professorship in Painting." 

For more information, see the complete call for 

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