Indigenous art

Assistant or Associate Professor of History of First Nations and Indigenous Art and Cultural Practices – Art History Department, UBC. Due: Oct 2, 2016

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Assistant or Associate Professor in the History of First Nations and Indigenous Art and Cultural Practices
Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver Campus

The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in the field of historical and contemporary First Nations and Indigenous Art and Cultural Practices. Scholars with any research specialization in First Nations / Indigenous North American studies are welcome to apply. The successful candidate will be an active scholar in the most advanced theoretical and methodological concerns of the field.

Applicants must have a PhD (or have successfully defended their dissertation) in art history or a related discipline by the position start date. They are expected to provide strong evidence of active and excellent research, and to demonstrate a record of, or potential for, high-quality teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will be required to teach the history of Indigenous arts from the Pacific Northwest and will be expected to maintain an active program of research, publication, teaching, graduate supervision and service.

UBC, one of the largest and most distinguished universities in Canada, has excellent resources for scholarly research. The Art History program offers a diploma, BA, MA, and PhD degrees, and partners with departmental programs in Visual Art and in Critical and Curatorial Studies ( This position presents the opportunity to engage with an interdisciplinary group of scholars within the larger academic community, including the First Nations and Indigenous Studies program, the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, the Museum of Anthropology, the Peter A. Allard School of Law, and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. In addition there is an active community of Indigenous artists working in Vancouver.

Applicants should apply through the UBC Faculty careers website ( and be prepared to upload the following in the order listed: a letter of application; a detailed curriculum vitae; statement of research and teaching philosophies; a sample dissertation chapter or scholarly paper; evidence of teaching potential and effectiveness; and a one-page statement identifying the applicant’s contributions, or potential contributions, to diversity, along with their ability to work with a culturally international student body. Applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference submitted by email to:, or by mail to: Professor Scott Watson, Chair, Art History Search Committee, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, University of British Columbia, 400-6333 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z2, Canada.

The anticipated start date of employment is as early as July 1, 2017.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Deadline: Applications and all supporting materials must be received by September 30, 2016. Review of applications will begin soon after this date and will continue until the position is filled.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Event – Meet+Greet+Eat, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Nov. 7, 6-9 pm

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November 7, 6-9pm

Puppetry performances in Taiwan are traditionally followed by a shared meal where the audience gets the chance to meet, greet and eat with the puppeteers. In the spirit of this tradition, MOA is hosting a very special dinner on Friday, November 7 at 6pm as part of our Ouxi Taiwanese Puppetry Festival.

For one night only, visiting Taiwanese puppeteers and First Nations artists will partake in an intimate dining experience at the museum — and you’re invited!

Join us for an evening of conversation and culture as you sit down to eat a special East-meets-West inspired menu (think grilled salmon, Taiwanese noodles, peanut brittle and much more) at MOA.

See more on this event on our Facebook page and be sure to buy your tickets soon as this event is sure to sell out. Limited capacity.

Your $20 ticket includes food and drink.

Banff Centre: Self-directed Residencies for Indigenous Artists

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Program dates: Ongoing

Application deadline: Ongoing

Program Information

Achieve your artistic vision. Imagine no cooking, no cleaning, no interruptions, just mountains of inspiration. The Banff Centre offers self-directed residencies for Aboriginal artists, enabling the time and space for focused work and providing the freedom to conceptualize, create, research, or complete a project.

Self-directed residencies are open to dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, singer-songwriters, filmmakers, writers, playwrights, and curators. Residencies can be of any duration and artists can apply to come any time.

During a residency, artists can anticipate interacting with other artists in residence, attending performances and events, and enjoying the natural beauty of Buffalo Mountain situated in the heart of Blackfoot and Stoney territories and Banff National Park.

Financial assistance is available to Indigenous artists for self-directed residencies. For more information, call 1-800-565-9989 or see How to Apply.



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