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Working Artist in Residence (WAIR)

Department: Fine Arts
Position: Six month letter of appointment
Salary:   $1,500.00 monthly stipend
Union Affiliation: None
Posting Date: May 2019
Start Date: October, 2019 through March, 2020 (Precise starting date TBD)


The University of Montana Western Glass Program is seeking an experienced, capable, responsible and dependable glass artist and technician who will work directly with Associate Professor Ruth King in maintaining school studios, equipment and operations and serve as an educational and artistic resource for students. The job will consist of:

  • Maintaining, repairing, and improving the studio and its equipment.
  • Working to ensure a safe environment for students during out-of-class hours (being in the studio outside of class time).
  • Act as a technical and conceptual resource for university students in glass courses.
  • A general engagement and excitement for glass, an artistic focus and direction, and a positive attitude.
  • The position will require 30-40 hours of work per week on a somewhat flexible schedule.

The successful applicant will be given time to use the studio facilities to continue their own studio practice. Below are the allocations of time per studio, and hours allocated:
Hours of Availability excludes times when class is in session or has priority for equipment:
Hot Shop: four hours/week (only available when glass furnace is hot/operational for class work)
Flame Shop: four hours/week
Fusing: four firings/week
Cold Shop: 7am-10pm (except when class is in session)
Flat Shop: 7am-10pm (except when class is in session)

Solo Exhibition
The culmination of the WAIR residency will be a solo exhibition in the Emerick Art Gallery, a modest space behind glass with street viewing. We hope that working towards a final exhibition will help the artist develop new ideas and artworks, exhibition experience, exposure, and involve and expose Western students to ideas from beyond the community.

Visiting Artist Program
Montana Western has an exciting and comprehensive Visiting Artist Program, both in glass and other artistic disciplines. Past visiting artists include Miriam di Fiore (fusing) from Italy, Mike Souza (scientific glass) from Princeton University, Ralph Mossman, Mary Mullaney (cold fabrication) from Heron Glass, Jesse Blumenthal (hot shop) from The University of Montana. During 2018-2019, Sally Prasch (scientific), Jake Fishman (neon), and Mark Hursty (3-D printing and press glass casting) were visiting artists. The person in the WAIR position for 2019-2020 will have a unique opportunity to learn from visiting artists as well as have input on potential visiting artists.


A BA or BFA is the minimum requirement. Professional experience could be a substitute for the academic degree. Skills in metal fabrication, knowledge of equipment construction, and a breadth of glass working skills are highly desirable. Curatorial, gallery, glass working team or production experience should also be noted, if applicable.


The following are required for application:

  1. Letter of interest stating qualifications and anticipated benefit to the applicant and UM Western
  2. Curriculum Vita
  3. School Transcripts
  4. 5-10 images of art work with titles and dimensions
  5. Evaluations of teaching or assisting, if available
  6. Names, addresses, telephone numbers and emails of at least three (3) current professional references.

Application materials must be assembled in the above order and sent as a single pdf document attached to an email. Please submit materials to:

Patti Lake, Payroll & Benefits Supervisor
Administration and Finance
The University of Montana Western
710 South Atlantic St
Dillon, MT 59725

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please contact Associate Professor Ruth King at if additional information is needed regarding the Glass Program.

The artist is responsible for room and board while in residence to the Glass Program. Rents in Dillon are reasonable and the size of Dillon makes almost any residence within walking/biking distance of the university.

 The University & Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western is a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate university with over 60 full-time faculty and 1,500 students. It is located in Dillon, Montana in the scenic Rocky Mountains and has been awarded numerous top national rankings for delivering high quality, affordable education.

Montana Western is the only public four-year college in the nation offering Experience One (X1), experiential learning delivered on the block schedule. Class sizes are small and students take a single course at a time, three hours each day for 18 days, before moving on to the next course. Each course is four credits and four blocks are offered each semester. The block schedule facilitates field and lab work, undergraduate research, study travel, and interdisciplinary teaching. Montana Western’s faculty strongly believe in mentoring and inspiring students, and assisting them in the transition from university life to professional careers.

The University of Montana Western is an integral part of the Dillon Community. With a population of 5,000 people, Dillon is known for outstanding public schools, safe environments, recreational opportunities, and an excellent quality of life.

The University of Montana Western is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from qualified women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities. Qualified candidates may request veterans‚ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. Finalists for this position will be subject to a criminal background investigation.

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