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Catherine M Bursch <[log in to unmask]>
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Jim,  You might have them contact the University of Alaska, Anchorage, (UAA)
art department. They probably have Alaska Natives in their art program, some
of whom come from generations of sculptors of ivory and wood.

Catie Bursch
Education Assistant/ Illustrator
Kachemak Bay Research Reserve
95 Sterling Highway, Suite 2
Homer, Alaska  99603
(907) 226-4661
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Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2005 9:17 AM
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Subject: [SCIART] TAN: minority sculptors??

OK, this is definitely off-topic for this list, but I'm grasping at straws.

As some of you know, I teach medical illustration at Rochester Institute of
Technology (RIT). Our program is part of the School of Art, although we are
closely affiliated with the Medical Sciences department as well as the
nearby University of Rochester School of Medicine. Because we're technically
part of the Art School, I occasionally am asked to serve on a faculty search
committee for painters, printmakers, and sculptors, even though I know
nothing about those fields. We are currently looking to hire a new sculpture

RIT has adopted a very aggressive policy to identify "AALANA" (African
American, Latin American, Native American) applicants for open positions.
This is a noble idea, but the specifics of the policy are a bit cumbersome.
For example, every member of the search committee (myself included) must
make personal contact with a minimum of five AALANA candidates in an effort
to encourage them to apply for the position.

As I said, I know almost nothing about sculpture (my undergraduate training
is in biology and geology), much less how to locate junior faculty or
graduate students who might be interested in applying. I'm asking if any of
you have any suggestions. I suspect some of you are also affiliated with art
schools and might know of specific candidates or academic programs that I
can contact as part of my search.

Thanks in advance for your help.



James A. Perkins, MS, MFA, CMI

Associate Professor of Medical Illustration
College of Imaging Arts and Sciences
Rochester Institute of Technology

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Rochester, New York 14623
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