Education Fellowships

The Bascom offers disciplined artists and educators opportunities to take on significant responsibilities that further themselves as art professionals. Benefits include housing, studio access, teaching opportunities, potential for exhibition and more.


Why The Bascom?

Natural Inspiration

Since moving to our campus in 2009, artists from around the world have discovered that The Bascom grounds are a ceaselessly inspiring environment for studio and instructional practice. Artists have access to 6-acres of stone amphitheaters, a creekside pavilion, the Winkler Sculpture and Nature Trail system, a corncrib, multiple exhibition spaces, and studios with a rustic barnwood aesthetic.

A Different Type of Residency

The Bascom’s Resident Artists are critical members of our team. We entrust them with real responsibilities that uphold the mission of our organization. Residents must be disciplined, hard workers who are able to tackle a broad range of projects that will prepare them for a career in the arts.

Well-Rounded Work Experience

  • Curriculum Design
  • Instruction for All Ages
  • Studio Management
  • Equipment Training
  • Public Presentations
  • Community Service
  • Volunteerism
  • Pop-Up Exhibition Installation
  • Artist Statement and Portfolio Development
  • Professional Development

Support

Department heads regularly meet with Resident Artists to evaluate the residents’ performance, provide feedback, set project goals, find local and regional opportunities for the residents' benefit, and give positive reinforcement.


Current Openings

The Bascom is currently accepting inquiries and applications for the following opportunities:

Dave Drake Studio Assistant Artist

The Bascom's Dave Drake Studio
Assistant Artist Program


Nestled in at 4,100 ft. in the beautiful Western North Carolina Mountains on The Bascom campus is a 2,500 square-foot barn reconstructed for use as the ceramic studio and named after the famous potter David Drake. The Dave Drake Studio offers a program called the Studio Assistant Artist program and is an opportunity for anyone interested in helping with the routine of the studio while also developing a body of work in a state of the art clay studio.

Studio Assistant Artists play a vital role in integrating their art form, skills, and experience to a variety of situations in the studio to maintain a high level of operation. The Studio Assistant Artist program is vitally important because it provides an opportunity to spend time in a new environment, focused on learning how and operating a studio, reflecting on that experience, and creatively producing new art works of their own.

Time Frame:

May 1st - October 1st, 2022

Fee:

Hourly pay, 20 hours a week

Materials:

  • 500 lbs of clay
  • Glazing and firing

General Responsibilities:

  • Trimming, Glazing, Finishing student work as part of the private class format, loading/unloading kilns, mixing glaze, studio upkeep, and other duties as assigned for studio maintenance and general operating
  • Take photos and document studio activity, classes, workshops, etc. for Bascom promotional purposes
  • Studio manager when needed
  • Act as a positive Bascom Ambassador during and after residency
  • Make work to sell through the studio and annual member’s show in July
  • Submit proposal for body of work concentration to be completed

Access:

  • Community work space.
  • Normal working hours

Sale of Works:

Works made on grounds using Bascom materials and equipment are strongly encouraged to be sold through the Dave Drake Studio Barn sale rack, annual studio sales, and other studio sponsored sales at The Bascom. Resident artworks made with Bascom materials and equipment are not allowed to be sold in other shops, galleries, store fronts within a 25 mile radius of The Bascom, excluding shows, craft fairs, and private showings. Artist/Bascom Split is 60/40. Resident can apply to The Bascom for works to be sold through the Bascom Gift Shop as well.

Application Deadline:

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Please submit:

  • Cover letter describing your interest in the resident position and proposal of residency project goals
  • Artist Statement (less than 300 words)
  • Résumé or CV
  • 10 numbered high-resolution images (accepting jpg, tif, pdf on CD, email, or through DropBox, Hightail, etc.*)
  • Image inventory (docx or pdf) with a. Title b. Year c. Medium d. Dimensions
  • 2 professional references with contact information

Images may be sent separately. All other application materials should be included in one submission. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All residency candidates are subject to a background check.

For more information, please contact Frank Vickery at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Education Fellowship

Paid Teaching Opportunities for Artists:
The Bascom Education Fellowship


Are you planning for a career in the arts or art education? Gain valuable teaching experiences while providing art experiences for community after-school programs in Macon and Jackson counties. Start transforming lives today.

Paid Teaching Opportunities for Artists

The Bascom’s Education Fellows are critical members of our team. They are given job responsibilities that uphold the mission of our organization and prepare them for careers in the arts. Education Fellows must be disciplined, hard workers with teaching experience who are able to tackle a broad range of assignments.

The Education Fellowship is a 2 – 3 month summer position (flexible dates upon approval) under the supervision of the Director of Education and Outreach. First and foremost, the Education Fellow is Lead Instructor for youth summer art programs at The Bascom during our busy summer season (June – August). The instructor also designs self-guided museum activities for the public, and supports other public programs with youth and adults.

Why The Bascom?

Believing that creative expression transforms our lives, The Bascom is committed to providing life enriching experiences through diverse exhibitions; comprehensive arts education and public programs; support for regional artists; and strategic partnerships facilitating cultural and economic development in the Highlands-Cashiers community.

The Bascom Art Center’s grounds are a ceaselessly inspiring environment for instructional, studio, and exhibition practices. The 6-acre campus features outdoor stone amphitheaters, a creek-side pavilion, a sculpture and nature trail, multiple galleries, and art studios with a rustic barn wood aesthetic. The Western Carolina region is rich with mountainous landscapes to which traditional and contemporary artists and craftspeople gravitate for inspiration.

Please note that Highlands, NC is a beautiful small town located in the heart of the Southern Appalachian Mountains at 4,200 feet of elevation. Highlanders cherish the remoteness that makes this area so special. Cellular service is limited in areas, roads are steep and curvy, and the weather can be unpredictable. It is important to research or visit the area to familiarize yourself with the setting that makes The Bascom and Highlands such a unique destination.

Weekly Commitment

The Education Fellow commits to instruction, planning, and departmental support Tuesday – Saturday not to exceed 20 hours per week.

Key Responsibilities

  • Design and instruct curricula – Ages 7 - 12, continuing adults, and senior citizens
  • Design and instruct 5 STEAM based, multi-day summer programs for youth ages 7 – 12
  • Teach private lessons in drawing, painting, and mixed-media
  • Curate student exhibits in the Eckerd Children’s Gallery
  • Design interactive art activities for the public in the Eckerd Children’s Gallery and The Bascom SmArt Space
  • Manage Hughes Studio (organize, clean, keep inventory)

Teaching Methods

The Education Fellow will use a variety of teaching methods and new media to stimulate and keep the attention of students, such as: teacher demonstrations, gallery and sculpture trail tours, individual and collaborative group projects, cross-disciplinary lessons, guided discussions about famous artworks, brief videos, and slide presentations.

Benefits

  • $1,200.00 per month stipend paid bi-weekly
  • Marketing and promotion of your work as an Education Fellow
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Studio space on The Bascom campus. Fellows are responsible for all materials and equipment required for personal studio work.
  • Mileage reimbursement for off-site teaching. PERSONAL VEHICLE REQUIRED
  • Exhibition opportunity in the Education Gallery upon approval.

To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Submit ALL below materials together (for example, send only 1 email, 1 compressed file, 1 file transfer, or 1 disk).

Please submit:

  • Cover letter expressing your interest in the position and teaching philosophy
  • Résumé or CV
  • 10 images of your personal artwork with image inventory.
    • Title
    • Year
    • Medium
    • Dimensions
  • 3 sample lesson plans
  • 2 professional reference letters, or contact info for 2 professional references

Submit Applications to:
Billy Love, Director of Education and Outreach
The Bascom : A Center for the Visual Arts
323 Franklin Road
Highlands, NC 28741

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Photography Residency

Photography Artist in Residence Spring 2022


Time Frame

  • Term: Spring 2022
  • Duration: February 11 - May 1, 2022 (Flexible dates upon approval)

Residency Responsibilities

  • Create photography focused S.T.E.M module for Middle school students (4 – 6 sessions)
  • Teach 1 beginner adult photography workshop, and private lessons*.
  • Create work for exhibition
  • Present portfolio at monthly Bascom Photography Club meeting
  • Document the Bascom experience
  • Maintain digital media lab

*Private lessons are paid teaching opportunities.

Residency Access & Benefits

  • Free housing
  • $50/session for private lessons
  • Access to private workspace, Epson P800 printer, studio lighting, and Epson V600 scanner. Residents are also welcome to bring their own equipment. (Please note: The Bascom does not have a darkroom.)
  • 24-hour access to studio space
  • Marketing and promotion of your development as a resident
  • Solo exhibition opportunity in The Joel Gallery
  • Representation in The Bascom's shop and Atrium retail spaces
  • 60:40 split for artwork sales

Application Deadline & Requirements

Deadline: December 30, 2021

Requirements:*

  • Cover letter describing your interest in the Bascom Residency Program
  • Artist Statement (less than 300 words)
  • 2 photography curriculum proposals or lesson plans: 1 for beginner adults and 1 for a middle school S.T.E.A.M. module focusing on photography
  • Resume or CV
  • 15-20 numbered high resolution images. Pease include examples of student work (accepted formats: jpg, tiff, or pdf via CD, email, DropBox, Hightail, etc.)
  • Image inventory (Word or PDF) with Title, Year, Medium, and Dimensions
  • 2 professional references with contact information

Submit your application materials or any questions you might have to:
Billy Love, Director of Education & Outreach
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*Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Winter Resident Artist Program

Winter Resident Artist Program:
Winter Break Opportunity for Students and Faculty


Time Frame

  • Term: Winter 2021-2022
  • Duration: December 9, 2022 - January 20, 2023

Program Opportunities

  • Solo exhibtion on display from January 21 - April 8, 2023 (W.R.A.P. theme for 2022-23: Source!)
  • Public reception (pending public health policies)
  • Free housing
  • $500 in supplies
  • 24-hour studio access
  • Marketing and promotion of residency experience
  • Site-specific installation proposals for The Bascom's Thompson Gallery are preferred (Gallery floor plan and images available upon request)

Application Deadline & Requirements

Deadline: October 29, 2022

Requirements:

  • A cover letter with Statement of Interest and project proposal related to the theme: Source!
  • Artist Statement (less than 300 words)
  • Resume or CV
  • 15-20 numbered high resolution images. Pease include examples of student work (accepted formats: jpg, tiff, or pdf via CD, email, DropBox, Hightail, etc.)
  • Image inventory (Word or PDF) with Title, Year, Medium, and Dimensions
  • 2 professional references with contact information

Submit your application materials or any questions you might have to:
Billy Love, Deputy Executive Director 
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*Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Download a copy of the Call for Applications