Position Title: Adult Faculty Figure and Portrait Sculpture 

Reports to: Manager of Adult Education 

Position Classification: Part-Time Faculty 

Wage Classification: Hourly, Non-Exempt 

Start Date: Tuesday, April 4th, 2024 

End Date: End of Term


 

Job Description: Fleisher is seeking faculty to lead weekday evening courses for adults on Figure and Portrait Sculpture starting in the upcoming Spring 2024 term.


 

Qualifications: 

  • Experienced teaching artist with a solid artistic skill set, and a minimum of two years teaching experience (equivalent education or transferable skills) instructing technique to adults with a range of backgrounds and experiences. 
  • Experience developing a thoughtful, fun, creative, and culturally appropriate lesson plan and a class curriculum spanning from 5 to 10 weeks. 
  • Can provide clear and thoughtful feedback to students, both in group and one-on-one settings. 
  • Flexible, can work in a variety of studio environments with large and diverse groups of people. 
  • Punctual, organized, communicates in a timely fashion with Fleisher staff 
  • Language skills in Spanish, Indonesian, Khmer, Mandarin or Cantonese a plus 

Key Responsibilities and Duties: 

  • Design and implement a well-planned lesson 
  • Communicates with Adult Programs Manager about basic supply needs, curriculum development, model requests, and lesson plans 
  • Arrives 30 minutes before class to set up 
  • Manages classroom time to appropriately clean the studio space with students before end of class 
  • During the class, is respectful of students, models, and Fleisher staff 
  • Inform Fleisher of any changes to your schedule which preclude you from instructing your committed class in a timely manner 

Benefits for Part-time Faculty Include: 

  • $35 paid per hour (including half an hour per session for set up and clean up) 
  • Annual Fleisher Faculty Exhibition 
  • Tuition waived for one class or workshop per term 
  • Free admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art 
  • Annual Membership to Fleisher Art Memorial 

To apply: If this position seems like a good match for your personality, skills, and career goals, please submit your cover letter, resume, and three references (all in one document) via Submittable. No phone calls, please. 

Hiring Timeline: Applications for this position will be accepted through March 1, 2024. Additional applications submitted past that date will be considered only if needed and on a rolling basis.

Interview Process: Interviews will be held starting the first week of March on a rolling basis.

Fleisher’s core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain a diverse and inclusive environment. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position. Fleisher strongly encourages individuals from marginalized and underrepresented groups to apply. Fleisher is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.


 

ABOUT FLEISHER ART MEMORIAL Founded by industrialist Samuel S. Fleisher in 1898 as one of the nation’s first community-based art centers, Fleisher Art Memorial is renowned for its long-standing mission of making art accessible regardless of economic means, background, or artistic experience. In 2023, Fleisher will celebrate its 125th anniversary as the center continues to provide free and low-cost studio art classes along with opportunities for emerging and seasoned artists to exhibit their work. Extensive arts education and community-based programming also reflects the organization’s commitment to serving and strengthening communities in Philadelphia by developing, sharing, and promoting creative resources. To learn more, visit fleisher.org. 

 
Faculty and Teaching Artist  
Rolling submissions 

Overview of Fleisher Art Memorial: As the oldest tuition-free arts education program in the nation, Fleisher is both a community-based arts center and a regional presenter of contemporary art, fostering access to professional arts education, artistic excellence, and cultural exchange. Programs at the Fleisher Art Memorial are inspired by its founder, Samuel Fleisher, who over 100 years ago invited “the world to come learn art.” 

Fleisher’s Mission Statement: To make art accessible to everyone, regardless of economic means, background, or artistic experience.  

Fleisher Art Memorial offers classes including, but not limited to, the following areas of study: 

- Still life sketching & painting 

- Live model sketching & painting 

- Portrait sculpture 

- Mosaics 

- Darkroom photography 

- Digital photography 

- Ceramics 

- Jewelry 

- Lithography 

- Screen Printing 

- Collage and Papercutting 

- Digital Animation 

- Pastels, Watercolors, Charcoal 

 

At this time, we are not actively recruiting faculty or teaching artists. However, we welcome hearing from individuals who want to share their interest in teaching at Fleisher. If you are a practicing artist and/or arts educator interested in running classes or workshops that share your creative process and techniques with adults or children, please share the following details and as we recruit for positions, we will reach out to candidates that meet our criteria. 

 

Please respond to this posting with your Resume/CV, including three references, and be sure to answer the following questions:  

 

Name:   

Email: 

Phone Number: 

Teaching Medium:  

Teaching availability: (Daytime/Nighttime/Weekends) 

Are you willing to substitute teach a class, if needed: Y/N?  

Age range preferences (children, teens, adults) 

If chosen to work in our Children and Youth program, are you able to furnish your required clearances to work with children before your first day of work? 

Link to a personal website/ online portfolio (if available) 


 

Fleisher’s core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain a diverse and inclusive environment. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position. 

Fleisher strongly encourages individuals from marginalized and underrepresented groups to apply. Fleisher is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. 

No phone calls, please.
 

Thank you for your interest in teaching at Fleisher!

Please note: As we are not actively hiring new faculty or teaching artists, we are unable to reply to every inquiry.

 

Fleisher Art Memorial (FAM) is excited to announce the call for entries for the 47th exhibition season of the Wind Challenge. Established in 1978 as The Challenge and now known as the Wind Challenge, Fleisher's annual juried competition is committed to enriching people’s lives through art by featuring the work of exceptional artists living in the region. Artists living within a 450-mile radius of Philadelphia are welcome to apply. 

For this series, nine selected artists will be featured in a trio of Wind Challenge Exhibitions—each featuring three artists—to be hosted at Fleisher in 2025. The jurors for this year’s competition are Colette Fu and Heidi Ratanavanich. The selected cohort of artists will work closely with the Director of Exhibitions in curating their work and exhibition-related programming.

The Wind Challenge Exhibition Series is made possible thanks to generous support from the Wind Foundation.

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants are reviewed in a two-stage selection process:

Round 1: Jurors review submitted artwork online. From this initial review, finalists selected to advance to the second round will be notified via e-mail or phone call by May 11, 2024. 

Round 2: Finalists deliver one original artwork to Fleisher by May 16, 2024, reviewed along with their original image submissions by the jurors. (Installation artists being considered as finalists will be encouraged to come to Fleisher for a site visit if interested in submitting a specific proposal for the Fleisher galleries. The resulting round 2 submission could include a plan for the space and/or physical work related to the proposed installation.)

FINAL NOTIFICATIONS to selected artists sent by Friday, May 24, 2024.

2025 JURORS

Colette Fu is a Philadelphia-based artist Colette Fu received her MFA in Fine Art Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003 and soon after began devising complex compositions that incorporate photography and pop-up paper engineering. Her pop-up books are included in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Getty Research Institute, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and many private and rare archive collections. Fu's numerous awards include a 2023 Artworks Grant, Joan Mitchell Artist and Sculptors Grant, the Meggendorfer Prize, and a Fulbright Research Fellowship to China. In 2017, Fu created a room-size pop-up book utilizing her own photographs entitled Tao Hua Yuan Ji, Source of the Peach Blossoms—a 21 x 14-foot pop-up book that people could enter—at the TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image. She teaches pop-up courses and community workshops internationally.  

Colette was a Wind Challenge artist in the 2006-07 series. 

Heidi Ratanavanich is a Thai/Chinese artist based in Lenapehoking (Philadelphia). They use print-making, food, and space-making to create works that provoke community learning, gathering, and remembering to imagine new collective possibilities. Their practice focuses on finding gaps to plug into in communities, to make art that feels necessary, scrappy, and joyful. They specialize in making physical and ephemeral objects that acknowledge and celebrate the labor and care of community-building.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Applicants must live within a 450-mile radius of Philadelphia.
  • Selected artists must not be showing the same major body of work in a local gallery or alternative space in the same year as the Wind Challenge exhibition.
  • Selected artists must be available to install their work, participate in the Wind Challenge Artist Exchange public program (a panel conversation led by the selected artists in which they ask each other questions and share insights into their creative process), and be present at the opening reception.

Please note that students enrolled in a full-time degree/certificate granting program during the year of the exhibition and previous Wind Challenge artists are ineligible.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The Wind Challenge Exhibition Series will be held in the Dene M. Louchheim Galleries at Fleisher Art Memorial. The exhibitions are tentatively scheduled for the first half of the 2025 year and each exhibition will run approximately four-weeks. Exhibition dates will disclosed in May 2024. 

SELECTED ARTISTS RECEIVE:

  • The opportunity to display recent work in a three-person exhibition.
  • The opportunity to work with Fleisher’s Director of Exhibitions in one of the country’s first community art centers, helping to curate their work in the selected gallery space.
  • $750 honorarium.
  • Opportunity to gain exposure and promote your practice through participation in the Wind Challenge Artist Exchange and public reception.
  • Promotion in Fleisher publications, online materials, and related marketing.
  • Optional: Opportunity to engage with Fleisher's audience by creating a one-hour workshop. Please keep in mind that clearances are needed to engage with youth.

DEADLINE: 11:59 pm on Monday, April 29, 2024

For more information about the Wind Challenge Exhibition Series, visit fleisher.org.

Please direct inquiries to:
  Gerard Silva, Director of Exhibitions and Community Outreach
  gsilva@fleisher.org / 215-630-0501

ABOUT FLEISHER ART MEMORIAL

Founded by industrialist Samuel S. Fleisher in 1898 as one of the nation’s first community-based art centers, Fleisher Art Memorial is renowned for its long-standing mission of making art accessible regardless of economic means, background, or artistic experience. In 2024, Fleisher is celebrating its 126th anniversary as the center continues to provide free and low-cost studio art classes along with opportunities for emerging and seasoned artists to exhibit their work. Extensive arts education and community-based programming also reflects the organization’s commitment to serving and strengthening communities in Philadelphia by developing, sharing, and promoting creative resources.

Fleisher Art Memorial