Resident Artist Opportunity at IU Southeast Ceramics

The IU Southeast Ceramics Area provides a 1-2 year long Resident Artist in Ceramics position at the rank of Adjunct Faculty for an outstanding artist/educator. We look for someone who can be an active presence in the Ceramics studio and work alongside the other faculty and students in our program.

The position requires an active exhibition record and competence in a wide range of ceramic processes/techniques. The person hired teaches one beginning ceramics course and one 3D Design course each semester, as well as technician duties for 6 hours a week (in exchange for teaching a third class). We expect the Resident to work in the studio as needed to help with the basic operations of the IU Southeast Ceramics area. Classes are dependent on enrollment, which is always the case for adjunct rank, but in 9 years, we’ve only had to cancel one class. An additional course is often available.

Clay, glazes, and firing is provided within reason. A 329 sq. ft. (14′ wide x 23.5′ long) private studio with locking door is located across the hall from the Ceramics Area. 24/7 studio and building access. Additionally, an NCECA conference pass is provided.

Below are some photos of the Resident Artist studio. This studio is just steps from the main studio and there is a sink, large window, desk, work table and counters, and locking door.

Resident Artist studio
Resident Artist studio
Resident Artist studio space
Resident Artist studio space

Mentorship is provided by Ceramics Area Head, Brian Harper, who has 17 years of university teaching experience and has served on many university hiring committees. Many of our Residents have gone on to accept full-time and/or tenure track positions at other schools.

Studio Facilities:

– 3280 square feet of studio, clay and glaze mixing, and indoor firing space
– A ventilated main studio with 10 electric wheels with workspace for hand building, extruding, slab rolling, etc.
– Brent slab roller
– Brent extruder
– Ventilated clay mixing room with Soldner Professional clay mixer, wall mounted casting slip blunger mixer, and a material inventory of over 100 dry materials.
– Indoor ventilated kiln room with 2 gas reduction kilns (Bailey Car Kiln and a smaller gas kiln), 4 computer controlled electric kilns (Skutt, L&L, and ConeArt)
– 45′ x 20′ covered outdoor kiln area with wood kiln, saggar/raku kiln, cross-draft gas soda kiln, and pit firing area.
– Ventilated glaze room with stainless steel countertops, digital and analog Ohaus scales, a small test electric kiln, Talisman sieves, and many other supplies.
– Mixed media and plaster work area with outdoor access, plaster mold dryer, compressed air, and glaze spraying area.
– 21 ton log splitter
– Covered storage space for over 5 cords of wood for the wood kiln
– Sandblaster
– Panel saw, drill press, table saw, CNC router located upstairs
– Lincoln arc welder
– Tool cabinet with an assortment of hand and power tools
– Seven studio spaces for BFA students and Post-Baccalaureate students. We have a very active Post Bacc program.
– Photo documentation room being set up Fall 2023
– 3D printing room being set up Fall 2023 with three PLA printers and one handbuilt clay 3D printer (which needs some work at the moment :))
– The SpaceLab, an exhibition and installation space located down the hall from the Ceramics area. More about the SpaceLab at


MFA degree required. An active current professional practice and exhibition record is also required.

The ideal candidate will have a strong foundation in ceramic methods of construction, varied conceptual approaches available to the ceramic artist, and be available to help manage the IUS ceramics studio. Preference will be given to candidates have a broad understanding of new approaches to art making.

We are no longer accepting applications for the ’23-’24 year. Email Brian Harper at if you have any questions.

It is helpful to compile applications into one PDF. If you can’t do that, just make the following documents in PDF files:

– cover letter
– artist statement
– teaching philosophy
– CV
– 20 images of professional work and 10 images of student work with an annotated image list
– contact information for three references

* If your application includes time-based media, please link to it from your PDF

Email applications to:

Brian Harper, Associate Professor of Fine Art and Ceramics Area Head


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This is a video about the Resident Artist position that Brian Harper made for the 2022 NCECA conference:

Sam Chumley and Abby Peacock loading the wood kiln
Sam Chumley and Abby Peacock loading the wood kiln

The Louisville area has a vibrant art and cultural environment and the IU Southeast campus is only 15 minutes from downtown Louisville.

Some of the galleries/museums:

21C –
Houseguest Gallery –
Carnegie Center for Art and History –
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft –
The Speed Art Museum –
Louisville Visual Art Association –
Kentucky Performing Arts Center –
Cressman Center –
849 Gallery –
AA Clay Studio and Gallery –
Mantle Gallery –

Louisville is also home to Kentucky Mudworks, a major clay supplier with a storefront for tools and materials, resident artist program, commercial clay making, and gallery. Find out more about Kentucky Mudworks here:

AND … Lonely Planet says that Louisville is the #1 travel destination in America!


IU Southeast is one of eight regional campuses in the Indiana University system and is located in New Albany, Indiana, just 15 minutes from downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville has a vibrant arts and cultural scene and many of the students work and/or live in the Louisville Metro area. It’s a really cool place – lots of great eateries, galleries, music venues, performing art theaters, and many other attractions.

New Albany is a smaller, historic town right on the bank of the Ohio River. Located just minutes from Louisville, New Albany offers a smaller town “feel”, with the advantages of a large metropolitan center just across the river.

Campus - pond
Campus looking toward the University Center
Campus - Knobview Hall
Knobview Hall, where the Fine Art Program is located

Find out more about IU Southeast on the IUS website: