Fleisher is always looking for emerging artists to assist with our classes, tuition-free classes, and workshops for children and adults. To be considered, applicants must include the following items:

An artist statement
Current résumé
Images of current work (maximum of 12)
Images of work created by students (maximum of 12), OPTIONAL
Two professional references
Any supporting documentation that demonstrate any experience assisting in a classroom, OPTIONAL

Please note, an up-to-date PA State Police Criminal Record Check and PA Child Abuse History is required to teach for the Children and Youth program. You do not need these documents at the time of applying, only if extended a formal invitation to work at Fleisher.

Who we are and why this is important:

The Fleisher Art Memorial is a source for inspiration, creativity, and community. Every year, more than 17,000 people experience the transformative power of art by participating in our studio classes, exhibitions, and community‐based programming. We are a non‐profit organization committed to advancing the vision of our founder, Samuel S. Fleisher, who believed that art is one of society’s greatest assets and equalizers, and from the doorway of his Graphic Sketch Club, “invited the world to come and learn art.”

Through all of our work, we strive to make art accessible to everyone regardless of age, economic means, or artistic experience. We operate one of the nation’s first community‐based arts centers, providing free and low‐cost studio art classes along with opportunities for beginning and seasoned artists to exhibit their work in a professional gallery setting. To further enhance our mission, Fleisher’s arts education programming reaches deeply into schools and community centers and has brought us national recognition and powerful opportunities to advocate for and shape arts education initiatives throughout the region and the country.

Teaching Artist Key qualifications:

· Bachelor of Arts degree, Master of Fine Arts degree a plus

· Experienced teaching artist with a solid artistic skill set, and a minimum of two years teaching experience instructing technique to a broad adult population

· Experience doing community engagement work with diverse populations

· 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 and 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 Khmer, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese a plus

Key Responsibilities and Duties:

· Design and implement a well-planned lesson

· Communicate with Adult Programs Manager about basic supply needs, curriculum development, model requests, and lesson plans

· Arrive 30 minutes before class to set up

· Manage classroom time to appropriately clean the studio space with students before end of class

· Respectful of student members, models, and Fleisher staff

· Inform Fleisher of any changes to your schedule which preclude you from instructing your committed class no later than 2 weeks prior to your scheduled class

· Inform Programs Coordinator of any unexpected change of plans such as illness or other absences as soon as possible

Fleisher is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

To apply please submit:

An artist statement
Current résumé
Images of current work (maximum of 12)
Images of work created by students (maximum of 12)
Three professional references
Course descriptions and curriculum outlines for courses taught
Other supporting documentation, including evaluation and assessments of previous teaching experiences

Please note, an up-to-date PA State Police Criminal Record Check and PA Child Abuse History is required to teach for the Children and Youth program. You do not need these documents at the time of applying, only if extended a formal invitation to work at Fleisher.

Driven by Fleisher’s mission of access to high quality art experiences and our institutional values, “Creative Labs” at Fleisher will aim to provide young people from grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade a safe, inclusive art program during after school hours emphasizing art as a thought process that allows young people to retain their high level of creativity and critical thinking.  

“Creative Labs” will focus on and provide a path to discovery and development of young people’s individual artistic voice while building skills in several artistic practices. Lead teaching artists will work together as a team to develop a thematically driven curriculum for the term, with the ultimate goal of guiding students to learn and refine how to express their thoughts and perspectives through art.  

We are looking for teaching artists who specialize in one or more of the following areas of focus: 

  • Painting and Drawing 
  • Mixed Media 
  • Sculpture 
  • Puppetry 
  • Movement 
  • Creative Writing 

Responsibilities: 

  • Designs and implements a well-planned curriculum and lesson plans for children across a range of ages for a 15 week term in collaboration with the team of After School teaching artists and assistants, with input from the Youth Programs Coordinator and Programs Manager. 
  • Attend bi-monthly planning and check in meetings with teaching artists and programs staff to communicate and coordinate curriculum and other classroom issues.  
  • Be on time for class time, including arriving at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time to set up. 
  • Leaves the room clean and organized with materials put away and children’s artwork placed in safe spaces. 
  • Demonstrate leadership skills within the classroom. 
  • Create a safe, secure, and fun environment for the students.  

Schedule 

Teaching artists will be contracted for 2-3 days per week, teaching from 4:00-5:30 PM, with each artist receiving an additional 30 minutes of prep time per class. The program will run from August 27th, 2018-June 4th, 2019, with the first of two planning meetings occurring on July 26th, 2018 (attendance is mandatory).  

Key qualifications and Requirements 

  • Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent experience. 
  • Experienced teaching with a solid artistic skill set, and a minimum of two years teaching experience (or equivalent experience) instructing technique to a broad population.  
  • Can work within a group of diverse artists and staff 
  • Up to date PA State Child Abuse Clearances and Criminal Record Check  
  • Flexible, can work with a variety of diverse students, ranging in age and artistic skill set. 
  • Punctual, organized, communicates in a timely fashion with Fleisher staff. 

Benefits: 

  • $31 per hour, including 30 minute paid additional time per class for set up and clean up (as stipulated above). 
  • Annual Fleisher Faculty Exhibition 
  • One free Fleisher class per term 
  • PMA ID badge with free admittance to many area museums 
  • Professional development resources 
  • Additional discounts on other Fleisher programming for yourself and immediate family members 

Bi-Lingual teaching artists are encouraged to apply! 

Fleisher is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law. 

Driven by Fleisher’s mission of access to high quality art experiences and our institutional values, “Creative Labs” at Fleisher will aim to provide young people from grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade a safe, inclusive art program during after school hours emphasizing art as a thought process that allows young people to retain their high level of creativity and critical thinking.  

“Creative Labs” will focus on and provide a path to discovery and development of young people’s individual artistic voice while building skills in several artistic practices. Lead teaching artists will work together as a team to develop a thematically driven curriculum for the term, with the ultimate goal of guiding students to learn and refine how to express their thoughts and perspectives through art.  

Responsibilities: 

  • Meeting students at their local school and safely leading them to Fleisher every afternoon 
  • Managing pre-class snack/homework time with other assistant artists 
  • Safely coordinate pick up and 30 minute after care 
  • Assist and implement curriculum and lesson plans for children across a range of ages for a 15 week term in collaboration with the lead After School teaching artists and assistants, with input from the Youth Programs Coordinator and Programs Manager. 
  • Attend monthly planning and check in meetings with teaching artists, assistants and programs staff to communicate and coordinate curriculum and other classroom issues.  
  • Be on time for pick up and class time. 
  • Leaves the room clean and organized with materials put away and children’s artwork placed in safe spaces. 
  • Demonstrate leadership skills within the classroom. 
  • Create a safe, secure, and fun environment for the students. 

Schedule
Assistant teaching artists will be contracted for up to 5 days per week, in coordination with the Philadelphia School District calendar. Pick up and homework time will occur from 3:00-4:00, with classes running from 4:00-5:30 PM. Each assistant artist will receive an additional 30 minutes of prep time per class. The program will run from August 27th, 2018-June 4th, 2019, with the first of two planning meetings occurring on July 26th, 2018 (attendance is mandatory).

Key qualifications and Requirements 

  • Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent experience. 
  • Two years of art-making experience with a basic artistic skill set. 
  • Some experience doing classroom management or teaching groups of young people, especially elementary and middle school ages. 
  • Experience assisting an artist or implementing a lesson plan 
  • Ability to lead activities on occasion depending on need. 
  • Flexible, can work with variety of skill levels with diverse groups of students. 
  • Punctual, organized, communicates in a timely fashion with Fleisher staff. 
  • Has current criminal background check and child abuse clearances or can successfully present upon time of hire. 

 Benefits: 

  • $15 per hour, including 30 minute paid additional time per class for set up and clean up (as stipulated above). 
  • Annual Fleisher Faculty Exhibition 
  • One free Fleisher class per term 
  • PMA ID badge with free admittance to many area museums 
  • Professional development resources 
  • Additional discounts on other Fleisher programming for yourself and immediate family members 

Bi-Lingual teaching artists are encouraged to apply! 

Fleisher is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law. 

Fleisher has a need for figure models on a rolling basis. We like to employ a roster of models that includes all types to pose for life drawing and painting classes. The environment is professional and welcoming, and the students have a range of experience. Models are especially needed for weekday afternoons. Experience is a plus, but the main requirements are reliability, punctuality, professionalism, and the ability to hold a pose.

Applications must include a headshot and clothed full-body photograph. Models interested in working within our children and youth program must have up-to-date state criminal and child abuse clearances.

Teen Lounge at Fleisher Art Memorial is accepting project proposals from teaching artists for paid residencies! Teen Lounge is a free, drop-in afterschool arts program providing young people ages 13-19 with opportunities to meet and collaborate with working Philly artists. Participating teens evaluate proposals submitted by teaching artists through the RFP (Request for Proposals) process.

The submission deadline is Wednesday, May 30 for projects in September - December 2018. Students will be selecting roughly six visiting artists, who are compensated up to $600 for 4 sessions with a supply budget of $150. Additional artists may be considered for 1- or 2-day workshop opportunities. Artists will be invited to a mandatory proposal review fair scheduled for Wednesday, June 6 to meet Teen Lounge students and present their project ideas -- students will then vote to choose the artists they want to work with in the Fall term.

Your workshop proposal should offer young people an exciting opportunity to be introduced to a medium or explore a theme of relevance to this age group. The workshop must be completed in 6-8 hours (3-4 sessions) maximum. Experimental proposals are encouraged! Previous teaching experience is helpful but not required. 

Workshops will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6:00 pm. Up to 15 students attend Teen Lounge daily, from a variety of levels in art making experiences -- however, due to the drop-in structure of the program, the class group can vary from session to session. Please keep this in mind when designing your workshop. 

Questions? Contact Layla Ehsan, Teen Lounge Coordinator: lehsan@fleisher.org

 

Fleisher and Reading Terminal Market, one of America’s oldest public markets, are excited to partner for the third annual design competition of the market’s reusable tote bags. The winning design, created by a Fleisher student, teaching artist, or member, will be featured on 10,000 bags, which are sold by the market’s many vendors. Artwork should reflect the spirit of the market and its status as a destination for shoppers looking for fresh foods rather than its reputation for delicious prepared foods.  A full history of the market is available online.

The competition is open to current Fleisher members as well as teaching artists and students who have taught or taken, respectively, at least one class at Fleisher between May 2015 and June 2018. The winner, selected by a small jury comprising three representatives from Reading Terminal Market and three from Fleisher, will receive a cash prize of $1,000. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the bags will benefit Fleisher's children and youth programming.

ARTWORK REQUIREMENTS
Artwork must be digital, vector-based graphics submitted in .eps or .ai file formats. Comps of the bag design may be submitted as JPEGs or PDFs, but final artwork must be available in .eps or .ai to be considered.

Please keep in mind that artwork will be printed on tote bags that have a semi-porous surface, so delicate details and fine lines drawings may be compromised. The background color of the bags will be green (PMS 349) and gold (PMS 123), reflecting the market's branding colors. The main panels, which you artwork will be featured on, will be dark green, and the side panels will be gold. The bags are made of polypropylene. A maximum of three colors can be used in the design. The artwork must include the market's gold branding color (PMS 123). The other two colors may be selected by the artist. 

The artwork will be featured on the outer panels on the bag and must measure 15.25” tall by 13.25” wide. Artwork must include the market’s diamond shaped logo (artistic interpretations and alterations of the logo are not allowed and a vector image of the logo is available for download by clicking here) and URL (www.readingterminalmarket.org) and reflect the spirit of the market, which serves as a public trust providing a venue for independent local businesses to showcase the Philadelphia region’s culinary bounty and cultural diversity. 

SUBMISSION INFORMATION
Artwork, along with relevant contact information, must be submitted by 11:59 p.m.  May 15, 2017. Up to five submissions per entrant are allowed.

COMPETITION TIMELINE

April 11, 2018 – Competition opens at 9:00 a.m.

May 31, 2018– Competition closes. All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m.

June 15, 2018 – Winner chosen and notified. 

For questions about the competition, please contact Dominic Mercier, Communications Director at Fleisher Art Memorial, at dmercier@fleisher.org. 

About The Dene M. Louchheim Faculty Fellowship

The Louchheim Fellowship was created in memory of Dene Louchheim, former Chairperson of the Fleisher Art Memorial from 1964 to 1980, and spouse of Stuart Louchheim, Samuel Fleisher’s nephew. The Louchheim Fellow is selected biannually through a juried process with an award amount of $1000.

  • Friday, May 25 at 12:00 am: Deadline for application submiss
  • Award announcement will be made on July 6, 2018 during the Faculty Exhibition opening reception from 6-8pm.
  • The opening reception for the faculty Fellowship will be held on December 6, 2018 at the Dene M. Louchheim gallery at the Fleisher Art Memorial

Fleisher Art Memorial is excited to announce the call for entries to the 42nd season of the Wind Challenge Exhibition Series. Established in 1978, the series is an annual juried competition that is committed to enriching and expanding people’s lives through art. Three Wind Challenge Exhibitions will be held September 2019 through May 2020. To learn more about Fleisher or about the Wind Challenge, please visit fleisher.org.

Selection Process

A two-stage selection process is used to review applicants. 

Round 1: Two jurors, an artist and a curator, are assigned to review submitted artwork. Artwork is reviewed online, and the identity of the applicant remains anonymous. From this initial review, approximately 10% of candidates are selected to advance to the second round. Finalists are notified via e-mail by the week of August 7, 2018 via e-mail.

Round 2: Finalists are required to deliver an original work to Fleisher, which is reviewed along with their original image selections by the full artist-juror panel (Installation artists have the option of submitting a specific proposal for the Fleisher gallery.) Again, the identity of the applicant is anonymous -- the jury process is based on the merit of the work alone. Applicants selected to exhibit will be notified by the week of September 4, 2018 via e-mail.

2019-2020 Jurors

Jodi Throckmorton 

Curator of Contemporary Art Jodi Throckmorton joined PAFA in fall of 2014. As PAFA’s Contemporary Curator, Throckmorton oversees PAFA’s contemporary art exhibitions and acquisitions.  

Throckmorton came to PAFA from the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, Kansas, where she served as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Prior to that, Throckmorton was the Associate Curator at the San Jose Museum of Art. She holds an MA in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University, and a BA in Art History and French from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  

Throckmorton co-organized, with former PAFA Director Harry Philbrick, Dive Deep: Eric Fischl and the Process of Painting, which was on exhibit at PAFA and the San Jose Museum of Art (2012-13). Other current and prior projects of Throckmorton’s include Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World (2018); Melt/Carve/Forge: Embodied Sculptures by Cassils (2017); Fernando Orellana: His Study of Life (2016); Postdate: Photography and Inherited History in India (2015); Bruce Conner: Somebody Else's Prints (2014); Questions from the Sky: New Work by Hung Liu (2013); Ranu Mukherjee: Telling Fortunes (2012); and This Kind of Bird Flies Backward: Paintings by Joan Brown (2011).

Betty Leacraft

Betty Leacraft is an award-winning fiber, textile, mixed media artist who shares her art experiences as a shape shifter of textiles and textile surfaces. Applying her philosophy that the arts can be used to empower individuals and communities with creative choices, skills, and cultural information through application of the art process she has created opportunities for underserved, under resourced communities and individuals through residencies, workshops, and presentations in the tri-state area.

In the Fall of 2017 she participated in the Museum of Philadelphia of Art’s groundbreaking project Philadelphia Assembled as a collaborator/exhibitor and hosted “Textiles As Social Commentary With Betty Leacraft: Featuring Philadelphia Assembled Fiber and Textile Collaborators” televised on PhillyCAM, Channel 35. Betty has received grants, honors, and has exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally; community based projects are included in several independent films; her art has been published in several books by Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi, Bess Lomax Hawes National Heritage Fellow, scholar/historian, and Founder of the Women of Color Quilters Network (WCQN.)

Selected Awards, Honors, Grants: Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grants (’16, ’14, and ‘10”); Leeway Transformation Award (’11); Portrait of Excellence Award, William J, Harvey III, Malawi Mission Award (’11); Thomas Aiken Encore Award, South Jersey Cultural Alliance (’04);  Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Residency Grants (’02, ’00, ’98, ’97, ’96); Leeway Windows of Opportunity Award (’98). 

Selected Exhibitions: International Quilt Convention Africa, (Johannesburg, South Africa); Dei Center for the Study of Contemporary Art (Ghana, West Africa); Museo de Arte Moderna (Salvador-Bahia, Brazil); Leeway Foundation (PA); The Mint Museum of Art and Design (NC); National Museum of Art, Renwick Gallery (DC); Museum of the African Diaspora (CA); Institute of Contemporary Art (PA); Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (MI); Michigan State University (MI); Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers (PA); National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (OH); African American Museum of Philadelphia (PA).

Curatorial Projects: Guest curator, “Warm Spirits: Contemporary African American Quilters. African American Museum of Philadelphia (’08); co-curator with Julia Lopez, “Speaking In Our Own Tongues: Latino and African American Artists, A New Beginning,” Taller Puertorriqueno, Inc., Philadelphia (’92.)

Eligibility

  • Artists must currently live in CT, DE, MA, MD, NJ, NY, PA, RI, or Washington, DC.
  • Artists may not show the same major body of work in a local Philadelphia gallery or alternative space in the same year as the Wind Challenge exhibit.
  • Students enrolled in a full-time degree/certificate granting program during the year of the exhibition are ineligible.
  • Artist must be able to transport their work to Fleisher Art Memorial. 
  • Previous Challenge artists are ineligible.

Exhibition Schedule

The Wind Challenge Exhibitions are held in the Dene M. Louchheim Galleries. The 2019-2020 Challenge exhibitions are tentatively scheduled for: September 2019, December 2020, and March 2019.

Selected artists receive:

  • The opportunity to display recent work in a five-week, three-person exhibition. 
  • An honorarium of $750.
  • A public reception on the opening night, during which they speak of their work to guests.
  • Support from Fleisher staff to create a public event or activity in conjunction with the exhibition.
  • A Saturday “Talk About” which is open to the public and includes families and young people and allows artists to enter into conversation with participants about their work. 
  • Inclusion in Fleisher's publications, electronic and print announcements, and online profile.


Deadline: midnight, June 15, 2018

To learn more, including viewing past artists and exhibits, please visit fleisher.org

Please direct inquiries to:

José Ortiz-Pagán
Exhibitions Manager
jortiz@fleisher.org
(215) 922-3456 ext.333


The Wind Challenge Exhibition Series is made possible with thanks to generous support from the Wind Foundation and through Fleisher members.