Artistic Director of 3-D


Anderson Ranch seeks a dynamic colleague who is driven by the belief that the power of art, inspiration and community can change individuals and the world. This job is ideal for a motivated professional who aspires to live, make art and work outside the box. This candidate will be a practicing artist with a passion for mentoring colleagues, teaching students and creating dynamic and engaging programs for the community. Experience in sculpture, ceramics and woodworking with an overarching knowledge of digital fabrication will allow for big ideas across media. They will be passionate about building on a strong professional network, have knowledge of trends and understand advancements in their field. They will design engaging curriculum for students and faculty to embark upon unique educational experiences. They will enjoy collaborating with colleagues across disciplines to maintain top-notch facilities, equipment and foster an excellent lineup of guest faculty to assure rigorous artistic offerings.

Position Summary

The successful candidate will take ownership of four artistic practice areas at the Ranch, overseeing fully-equipped sculpture, ceramics, woodworking/furniture studios, as well as a new state-of-the-art digital fabrication lab. Leading four experienced studio program managers and up to 10 seasonal support staff, the Artistic Director will oversee a budget and develop creative and engaging workshops with top artists who make up our guest faculty and Visiting Artists, using the solid foundation of this 50-year-old program to launch a new era for the Ranch as a leading nonprofit arts center.

Core Responsibilities

  • Curriculum Development: Design compelling and creative workshops for adults ranging from beginner to advanced level artists. Identify and recruit faculty, monitor workshops to assure consistent high-quality and rigorous experiences for students. The Artistic Director is expected to actively teach and/or co-teach a few workshops throughout the year. 
  • Promote Student Enrollment: Actively recruit students to workshops, including supporting marketing and registration efforts. This includes personal outreach to alumni, community members, and promoting offerings within a network of organizations and groups to achieve program registration goals.
  • Department Leadership: Develop and implement a vision for the 3-D department that advances strategic goals and objectives of the organization.  Lead, inspire and mentor the Studio Coordinator in each of the 3-D practice areas (Sculpture, Ceramics, Woodworking, Digital Fabrication) in their artistic and professional development. Lead by example, as a practicing artist, teacher, mentor and socially-engaged member of the art world. 
  • Department Management: Develop, track and manage the department operating and capital budgets. Manage department staff, setting goals and objectives, monitoring performance, coaching improvement, and documenting annual performance reviews. Oversee the Studio Coordinators’ maintenance of department equipment, facilities, and supplies. Assure the implementation of Ranch policies, standards and protocols. Oversee risk management and safety procedures, maintaining a vigilant eye on the safety and security of staff, students and guests.
  • Collaborate to Promote Cross-Disciplinary Studio Engagement: Develop programming that engages students across studio practice areas and programs. This includes integrating the state-of-the-art “Fab Lab” digital fabrication technologies, such as 3-D printers and scanners, CNC router, plasma cutters, and other digital equipment into programming in all disciplines.

  • Ranch Ambassador and Fundraiser: Supporting the organization’s outreach activities through studio tours, lectures, and demonstrations. Act as a goodwill ambassador, internally and externally, with colleagues, funding partners, and community leaders. This may include, but is not limited to: assigned relationships management and shared fundraising goals, grant writing and solicitation of artworks and financial gifts along with the Development, Events, Marketing and Leadership teams.

Staff Community Responsibilities

  • Community Outreach Leader: All staff members are expected to build and lead partnerships with community organizations as they relate to their area of responsibility, and to actively support the outreach efforts of other team members.
  • Engaged and Supportive Team Member: All staff are expected to support colleagues and engage in the programs and events of the Ranch by attending lectures, artist talks, fundraising events and community events with a willingness to actively contribute to their success.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Continuing to learn and improve is a job requirement of all staff. Team members are expected to continually grow, learn, and improve in their artistic and professional lives.
  • Brand Ambassador: All team members are expected to support and represent the organization in multiple areas of their public lives: representing the Ranch both on and off-campus, as well as online and on social media, conducting themselves with a positive and professional attitude.

Other Duties

  • The descriptions above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed in this role. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the role. 
  • All personnel are required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed. 
  • This job description may be changed or updated at any time throughout employment.


  • Master of Fine Arts Degree, or equivalent.
  • Practicing artist, with a history of national and/or international shows and/or awards, with a drive to balance professional duties while also advancing an artistic practice. 
  • College-level teaching experience, and the ability to connect with and inspire students.
  • Capacity to engage and collaborate with colleagues, professional artists, and educators to develop workshop curriculum and recruit faculty and artists.
  • Experience in managing and maintaining studio equipment across practice areas, including keeping a budget.
  • Physical Requirements: Typical examples of physical tasks include: reaching, standing, sitting, typing, talking, crouching, kneeling, seeing, and hearing. Typical tasks as required to actively teach and supervise art studios/facilities in a historic building space with uneven surfaces, stairs, gravel walkways, etc. Occasional lifting and carrying up to 25lbs.

Desired Additional Interest/Experience:

  • Interest and/or experience in non-profit, fundraising, grant writing, or entrepreneurial endeavors. 
  • Interest and/or experience in digital fabrication, including CAD, Rhino, Mastercam and software appropriate for digital technologies.

Interest and/or experience in cross disciplinary practices including sculpture, ceramics and woodworking / furniture design.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive salary, Tier 1 (leadership) level position
  • Company paid medical insurance, option to add additional family
  • Long and short-term disability insurance, include maternity coverage 
  • Paid Vacations (up to 4 weeks), Paid Holiday (up to 10 days), and paid sick time
  • Professional/continuing education support
  • Retirement plan/401K match 
  • Artistic staff studio space
  • NOTE: The above is an abbreviated representation of benefits defined in the Employee Handbook, which governs all employment terms. No other verbal or written exceptions to those terms are honored without a written directive by President and Chief Executive Officer and signed by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

All inquiries and conversations will remain strictly confidential.

Submit complete application online at: 

  1. Application materials to include:
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Letter of intent indicating potential and desire for the position
  4. 20 images of personal artwork
  5. Artist statement
  6. Three references and contact information

Applications are currently being accepted and the position will remain open until filled.

Anderson Ranch is an equal opportunity employer.

To Note

This job summary is not to be interpreted to be all-inclusive. It is intended to identify the essential functions and qualifications of the job. The applicant may be required to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this job description. Certain functions not explicitly stated above are nevertheless understood to be essential to this position. Anderson Ranch is an equal opportunity employer.