Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency


Position Title:  Campus Manager

Reports to:  Campus Director

Location:  Saugatuck, Michigan

Position Classification: Seasonal, Full Time, Exempt, Salaried

Compensation:   $25hr, prorated to 75% schedule plus comprehensive benefits package provided; Daily Meals Provided


Revised January 2023

POSITION SUMMARY: Ox-Bow School of Art is an 113-year old art school and artists’ residency. Functioning at the intersection of studio management, operations, and campus community support, this role encompasses a variety of tasks which support multiple campus areas to keep holistic day-to-day operations running smoothly. The Campus Manager works closely with the Campus Director to develop and implement best operational practices at Ox-Bow. The Campus Manager provides supervision to studio managers and supports physical studio needs. The Campus Manager works across areas on campus including the office, studios, maintenance, housekeeping and grounds work. The Campus Manager is a campus-based ambassador for Ox-Bow, and will express enthusiasm and knowledge regarding Ox-Bow’s operations and programming. This is a 75% time position, schedule to be determined by the Campus Director. Schedule may include weekend and/or evening hours.

This position is ideal for candidates within a 40-mile commuting radius. Limited on-site housing is available for candidates beyond that range; some overnights on campus are required.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Management

●      Participates as a member of the campus management team

●      Attends weekly campus management meetings

●      Provides supervision to junior staff in direct supervisor’s absence

●   Directly supervises studio managers, guiding weekly studio management meetings and performing regular studio budget check-ins

●    Under the guidance of the Campus Director, works in collaboration with the Facilities Manager and Operations Manager to direct and oversee all campus set-up and close-down processes

●    Serves as Studio Manager for the Painting and Clute studios, coordinating with faculty in those areas to order supplies and set-up facilities as necessary

Operational Support

●      Works with Campus Director to develop streamlined, sustainable operational processes

●      Assist Campus Director with check-ins,orientations and campus tours as assigned

●    Works alongside housekeeping staff as needed to ensure all cabins, dormitories, bathrooms, common areas, and meeting rooms are clean and orderly

●      Assists in general maintenance tasks and repairs

●   Acts as first point of facilities support for studio buildings and equipment; coordinates with Studio and Facilities Managers as necessary to ensure seamless function of studio facilities

●      Oversees additional projects as assigned by the Campus Director

Administration Support

●      Supports Campus Director as assigned

●      Assists in office as needed including supporting programming

●     Maintains set office hours as assigned, including some reception desk hours

●     Oversees studio budgets, maintenance, preparation and turnover for the Clute and Painting studios

●      Tracks general Campus Department budget expenses; participates in annual budgeting process

Campus Life Support

●  Assists in supporting students, fellows, faculty, residents and visiting artists; including conflict mediation

●     Acts as Title IX intake person

●   Provides assistance with on-campus development events including Friday Night Open Studios and Summer Benefit

●   Oversees annual on-campus staff projects; including t-shirt design, Fourth of July parade, and Burial capstone creation

●    In collaboration with Campus Director and campus support staff, develop and carry out initiatives to enhance the on-campus experience for participants

●  Help determine, implement and communicate campus rules and protocols, including COVID-19 mitigation guidelines

EDUCATION/JOB EXPEREINCE/CERTIFICATION

●      BFA degree or equivalent experience

●      Experience in personnel management, leadership and visioning

●      Customer service, hospitality and/or teaching experience preferred

●      Familiarity with Google suite, Microsoft Office suite, and Creative Suite preferred

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to work with a wide-range of skill levels, personalities, and backgrounds
  • Must have excellent people skills; possess excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Must be a team player able to work independently as well as in a group
  • Must be innovative, resourceful, patient, and a strong sense of integrity
  • Strong leadership skills; adept at participating in a leadership team
  • A passion for the arts and familiarity with artists’ communities is preferred

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Must be able to stand, bend, and routinely lift studio supplies and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to traverse uneven terrain including stairs
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors in high heat and humidity
  • Ability to work around potentially hazardous materials and loud noise
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment correctly for most of the day while organizational COVID-19 safety protocols are in place
  • Ability to work nights and weekends
  • Must be able to travel to and from Ox-Bow Saugatuck campus and/or various vender locations in the West Michigan region

* This position involves being on-call during non-working hours in varying capacities, depending on the season, particularly in regards to urgent facilities matters and student emergencies. Some interaction with hazardous materials may occur.

Working At Ox-Bow

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, founded in 1910, offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers. Our campus is nestled on a peninsular interdunal wetland in Saugatuck, MI. With programs that target degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow builds a supportive frame in which artists can push their practices in new directions. Ox-Bow’s community is expansive and ever-evolving. Working at Ox-Bow is a unique experience. Our staff consists of both year-round and seasonal positions. Some staff live on campus during their working months, while others commute or work remotely both within the state of Michigan and beyond.

Working at Ox-Bow is working at the intersection of education, hospitality and culture. Together we seek to create a welcoming environment that nurtures the creative process while building community across generations, career stages, disciplines and identities. With over 100 years of arts education behind us, we have a vast community of alumni, including staff, students, resident artists, faculty, and community supporters, who love and care for Ox-Bow. Working at Ox-Bow is to become part of that community, and help sustain a historic non-profit arts organization for current and future generations of artists and art lovers.

At Ox-Bow we have a vision to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, lend their creativity, and work in support of an evolving, yet historic, art school. We pride ourselves on thinking and acting creatively, and recognize that part of what makes us a unique place for both our staff and students, is the talent and dedication of our employees.

Ox-Bow is committed to diversity and inclusion, we believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and national origin and work to reflect that in our classrooms, programming, faculty, staff and board.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. Ox-Bow does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices.

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency


Position Title:  Metals Studio Manager

Reports to:  Campus Manager

Location:  Saugatuck, Michigan

Position Classification: Seasonal, Full Time, Exempt, Salaried

Compensation:   $22.29hr

Eligible for Paid Time Off, and Paid Holidays; Daily Meals Included


Revised January 2023


POSITION SUMMARY

Ox-Bow School of Art is an 113-year old art school and artists’ residency. The Metals Studio Manager at Ox-Bow oversees the technical and operational aspects of Ox-Bow’s metals studio, including day-to-day studio operations, and materials management for metals and sculpture classes and studio members. The Studio Manager will ensure a quality, supportive learning environment for a range of skill levels and cultivate a community of learners. The Studio Manager is expected to build and maintain effective relationships with students, studio members and faculty to gain their respect and trust; utilize strong communication skills; and, be an enthusiastic ambassador of and ensure positive perception of Ox-Bow. The Studio Manager will work directly with the Campus Manager, Campus Director and Director of Academic Programs to ensure an organized, cohesive working environment. This is a seasonal position from mid-April through mid-November, specific schedule to be determined by the Campus Director. Schedule may include weekend and/or evening hours. After a season or more of excellent performance, there is an opportunity for this position to expand into a longer work season and acquire benefits.

This is a residential position during the scheduled working season. On-site room and board is provided.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Physical Studio and Supply Management
  • General oversight of metals studio
  • Open and close studio at the beginning and end of the academic season
  • Set up equipment and studio prior to each class
  • Repair and maintain tools and equipment as needed
  • Maintain a system for tools checkout and inventory
  • Observe proper studio protocol, including sanitation processes
  • Create any safety or information signage and install in studio
  • Maintain a safe, clean, and organized studio
  • Make short-term studio facilities improvements and develop a vision for long-term studio facilities goals
  • Faculty / Student Assistance
  • Prior to each class, communicate with instructors about individual class needs
  • Orient faculty, teaching assistants, rental guests, and students on use of equipment, studio policies and procedures.
  • Be available to instructors for class needs
  • Post and maintain set Studio Manager hours
  • Teach private classes for rental guests
  • Coordinate and support private studio rentals
  • Administrative / Support
    • Manage metals studio budget
    • Maintain written physical inventory of all supplies and equipment
    • Maintain written documentation of studio processes and procedures
    • Write end-of-season report assessing functionality of studio, studio budget, procedures, class success, and any recommendations for next season
    • Produce art items for promotional and fundraising purposes as assigned
    • Other project- and event-based support as determined by the Campus Manager and Campus Director; including but not limited to office, housekeeping, maintenance, and hospitality support

EDUCATION/JOB EXPERIENCE/CERTIFICATIONS

  • BFA or MFA in sculpture or the equivalent with at least two years technician experience in a sculpture/metals studiopreferred
  • Solid technical background with knowledge of welding, metal fabrication, and woodworking techniques
  • Three years experience working with metal studio tools such as, but not limited to: table saw, band saw, sanding machines, hand tools, welding tools, plasma cutters, sandblaster, etc.
  • Metals studio management and/or teaching experience preferred

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to work with a wide-range of skill levels, personalities, and backgrounds and modify technical and operational strategies to optimize learning experience
  • Must have excellent people skills; possess excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • Strong organizational skills with regard to studio inventories, Materials Safety Data Sheets and general studio safety
  • Must be a team player able to work independently as well as in a group
  • Must be innovative, resourceful, patient, and a strong sense of integrity

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Must be able to stand, bend, and routinely lift studio supplies and equipment weighing up to 75 lbs
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to traverse uneven terrain including stairs
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors in high heat and humidity
  • Ability to work around potentially hazardous materials and loud noise
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment correctly for most of the day while organizational COVID-19 safety protocols are in place
  • Ability to work nights and weekends
  • Must be able to travel to and from Ox-Bow Saugatuck campus and/or various vender locations in the West Michigan region

Working At Ox-Bow

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, founded in 1910, offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers. Our campus is nestled on a peninsular interdunal wetland in Saugatuck, MI. With programs that target degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow builds a supportive frame in which artists can push their practices in new directions. Ox-Bow’s community is expansive and ever-evolving. Working at Ox-Bow is a unique experience. Our staff consists of both year-round and seasonal positions. Some staff live on campus during their working months, while others commute or work remotely both within the state of Michigan and beyond.

Working at Ox-Bow is working at the intersection of education, hospitality and culture. Together we seek to create a welcoming environment that nurtures the creative process while building community across generations, career stages, disciplines and identities. With over 100 years of arts education behind us, we have a vast community of alumni, including staff, students, resident artists, faculty, and community supporters, who love and care for Ox-Bow. Working at Ox-Bow is to become part of that community, and help sustain a historic non-profit arts organization for current and future generations of artists and art lovers.

At Ox-Bow we have a vision to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, lend their creativity, and work in support of an evolving, yet historic, art school. We pride ourselves on thinking and acting creatively, and recognize that part of what makes us a unique place for both our staff and students, is the talent and dedication of our employees.

Ox-Bow is committed to diversity and inclusion, we believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and national origin and work to reflect that in our classrooms, programming, faculty, staff and board.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. Ox-Bow does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices.

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency


Position Title:  Housekeeping Assistant

Reports To:  Housekeeping Manager

Location:   Saugatuck, MI

Position Classification: Seasonal, Full Time, Non-Exempt, Salaried

Compensation:  $16.00/hr

Eligible for Overtime, Paid Time Off, and Paid Holidays; Daily Meals Included


Revised January 2023

POSITION SUMMARY
Ox-Bow School of Art is an 113-year old art school and artists’ residency. The Housekeeping Assistant supports the upkeep of excellent standards of hygiene and sanitation throughout campus spaces.  The primary task of this position will be to clean indoors campus facilities per CDC-recommended standards. The Housekeeping Assistant will have a careful eye for detail and aesthetic considerations, ensuring that Ox-Bow’s spaces are both functional and cheerful. Working closely with the Housekeeping Manager, the Assistant will have the opportunity to offer their ideas on best practices and systems.

This position is ideal for candidates within a 40-mile commuting radius. Limited on-site housing may be available for candidates beyond that range. This position will run from mid-April to mid-November, and may include evening and weekend hours.

This position is a 1-year contract with the option for annual renewal up to 3-years pending satisfactory performance review.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Clean common areas, stairwells, hallways, bathrooms per CDC recommendations
  • Sweep, mop, wipe down surfaces
  • Turnover lodging spaces in between guests’ occupancy, including cabins and dorm rooms, in a timely manner
  • Laundry
  • Take out trash
  • Organize costume closet
  • Clean windows and other cleaning detail work as assigned
  • Maintain an excellent level of aesthetic care and special touches for all student and guest spaces
  • Other housekeeping duties as assigned
  • Communicate Housekeeping standards to fellows and work study students working in that area; work alongside those fellows and students
  • Other project- and event-based support as determined by the Campus Director; including but not limited to office, maintenance, and hospitality support

EDUCATION/JOB EXPERIENCE/CERTIFICATION

  • Experience in housekeeping or related professional area
  • Experience in a hospitality, arts, and/or creative field preferred

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • An eye for detail
  • Must be a team player, able to work independently as well as in a group
  • Must be innovative, reliable, patient, tenacious
  • Must be able to travel to and from Ox-Bow Saugatuck campus and/or various vender locations in the West Michigan region
  • A passion for the arts preferred

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Must be able to stand, bend, and routinely lift housekeeping supplies and equipment weighing up to 40 lbs
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to traverse uneven terrain including stairs
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors in high heat and humidity
  • Ability to work around potentially hazardous materials and loud noise
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment correctly for most of the day while organizational COVID-19 safety protocols are in place
  • Ability to work nights and weekends

Working At Ox-Bow

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, founded in 1910, offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers. Our campus is nestled on a peninsular interdunal wetland in Saugatuck, MI. With programs that target degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow builds a supportive frame in which artists can push their practices in new directions. Ox-Bow’s community is expansive and ever-evolving. Working at Ox-Bow is a unique experience. Our staff consists of both year-round and seasonal positions. Some staff live on campus during their working months, while others commute or work remotely both within the state of Michigan and beyond.

Working at Ox-Bow is working at the intersection of education, hospitality and culture. Together we seek to create a welcoming environment that nurtures the creative process while building community across generations, career stages, disciplines and identities. With over 100 years of arts education behind us, we have a vast community of alumni, including staff, students, resident artists, faculty, and community supporters, who love and care for Ox-Bow. Working at Ox-Bow is to become part of that community, and help sustain a historic non-profit arts organization for current and future generations of artists and art lovers.

At Ox-Bow we have a vision to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, lend their creativity, and work in support of an evolving, yet historic, art school. We pride ourselves on thinking and acting creatively, and recognize that part of what makes us a unique place for both our staff and students, is the talent and dedication of our employees.

Ox-Bow is committed to diversity and inclusion, we believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and national origin and work to reflect that in our classrooms, programming, faculty, staff and board.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. Ox-Bow does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices.

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency


Position Title:  Hospitality Team Member (Cook)

Reports To:  Culinary Director

Location:  Saugatuck, Michigan

Position Classification: Seasonal, Full Time, Non-Exempt, Salaried

Compensation:   $16.00/hr

Eligible for Overtime, Paid Time Off, and Paid Holidays; Daily Meals Included


Revised January 2023

POSITION SUMMARY
Hospitality is the genuine desire to take care of your guests and anticipate their needs. The kitchen at Ox-Bow not only serves food to our campus, we serve care to our community.

The Hospitality Team Members prepare food for the Ox-Bow community, assist in meal planning, help build and maintain our garden and facilities, and provide an overall atmosphere of care. Working closely with the Hospitality Management Team, this position has the unique opportunity to share their ideas and collaborate on all things involving the intersection of food and art.

In addition to serving 3 meals a day during academic sessions, the Hospitality Team also provides service and support for non-academic programming activities and special events.  As meal service is required 7 days a week throughout the summer, the goal is to provide a 4 day, 40 hour work week. This is a seasonal position begins mid-April; specific schedule to be determined by the Culinary Director.  The goal of the kitchen is to work symbiotically in order to best accomplish our shared goals and provide a healthy work/life balance.

Ox-Bow’s Hospitality Department provides the unique opportunity to work, live, and learn in a forward thinking kitchen nestled between Lake Michigan and The Tallmadge Woods’ 115 acres of protected wilderness.

This position is ideal for candidates within a 40 mile commuting radius. Limited on-site housing is available for candidates beyond that range.

This position is a 1-year contract with the option for annual renewal up to 3-years pending satisfactory performance review.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Prepares foods based on menu including salads, soups, sides, main courses, desserts, and baked goods
  • Makes mindful accommodations to serve guests with allergies or specific diet concerns
  • Maintains and assists in order, inventory, and cleanliness of preparation and food storage areas
  • Safe operation of kitchen equipment and tools
  • Works with meat, poultry, fish, other animal products
  • Ensures maintenance of and cleanliness of all service areas
  • Maintains sense of urgency to ensure timely delivery of meals
  • Positive service and guest interactions
  • Receives and stocks bulk order deliveries
  • Assists in function of on-campus retail initiatives
  • Properly stores and labels food
  • Daily ongoing cleaning including dishwashing
  • Professionalism in conduct and collaboration with coworkers
  • Attends and contributes to periodic meetings
  • Openly takes direction and feedback from Hospitality Team
  • Gardening maintenance and compost management
  • Provides support for special events and guest collaborations
  • Active in communication in-person and on electronic platforms
  • Contributes to collective creativity projects and community agreements
  • Other tasks as assigned by Hospitality Management Team

EDUCATION/JOB EXPERIENCE/CERTIFICATION

  • Though experience is preferred, anyone with a passion for food and art is encouraged to apply.

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge of basic standard food preparation and storage practices
  • Knowledgeable in usage of kitchen equipment
  • Experience in preparing meals
  • Essential basic computer skills
  • Effective and professional communicator
  • Must be able to travel to and from Ox-Bow Saugatuck campus and/or various vendor locations in the West Michigan region

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to lift and carry or otherwise move 50 lbs regularly
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to traverse uneven terrain
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors in high heat and humidity
  • Ability to work around potentially hazardous materials and loud noise
  • Ability to work nights and weekends
  • Occasional travel required for this position

Working At Ox-Bow

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, founded in 1910, offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers. Our campus is nestled on a peninsular interdunal wetland in Saugatuck, MI. With programs that target degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow builds a supportive frame in which artists can push their practices in new directions. Ox-Bow’s community is expansive and ever-evolving. Working at Ox-Bow is a unique experience. Our staff consists of both year-round and seasonal positions. Some staff live on campus during their working months, while others commute or work remotely both within the state of Michigan and beyond.

Working at Ox-Bow is working at the intersection of education, hospitality and culture. Together we seek to create a welcoming environment that nurtures the creative process while building community across generations, career stages, disciplines and identities. With over 100 years of arts education behind us, we have a vast community of alumni, including staff, students, resident artists, faculty, and community supporters, who love and care for Ox-Bow. Working at Ox-Bow is to become part of that community, and help sustain a historic non-profit arts organization for current and future generations of artists and art lovers.

At Ox-Bow we have a vision to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, lend their creativity, and work in support of an evolving, yet historic, art school. We pride ourselves on thinking and acting creatively, and recognize that part of what makes us a unique place for both our staff and students, is the talent and dedication of our employees.

Ox-Bow is committed to diversity and inclusion, we believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and national origin and work to reflect that in our classrooms, programming, faculty, staff and board.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. Ox-Bow does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices.

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Position Title:  Grounds & Maintenance Assistant

Reports To:  Operations Manager

Location:   Saugatuck, MI

Position Classification: Seasonal, Full Time, Non-Exempt, Salaried

Compensation:  $16.00/hr

Eligible for Overtime, Paid Time Off, and Paid Holidays; Daily Meals Included


Revised January 2023

POSITION SUMMARY
Ox-Bow School of Art is an 113-year old art school and artists’ residency. The Grounds & Maintenance Assistant position supports the upkeep of excellent facilities standards on Ox-Bow’s campus, which comprises over 100 acres of forest and over 40 varied structures. The primary tasks of the person filling this position will encompass care of the grounds and buildings. Working closely with the Facilities Manager and Operations Manager, the Assistant will have the opportunity to offer their ideas on facilities best practices and systems.

This position is ideal for candidates within a 40 mile commuting radius. Limited on-site housing may be available for candidates beyond that range. This position will run from mid-April to late-August, and may include evening and weekend hours.

This position is a 1-year contract with the option for annual renewal up to 3-years pending satisfactory performance review.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • General grounds maintenance, including raking, shoveling and chopping wood
  • Responsible removal of recycling and trash, including hazardous materials
  • Clean, paint and maintain buildings, exterior and interior
  • Operate electric- and gas-powered tools and equipment
  • Assist Facilities Manager and Operations Manager with special projects
  • Assist with event and classroom set-up as assigned
  • Assist in turning over classroom and studio spaces as assigned
  • Support campus opening and closing as necessary
  • Other maintenance duties as assigned
  • Communicate Maintenance standards to fellows and work study students working in that area; work alongside those fellows and students
  • Other project- and event-based support as determined by the Campus Director; including but not limited to office, housekeeping, and hospitality support

EDUCATION/JOB EXPERIENCE/CERTIFICATION

  • Experience in maintenance, groundskeeping  or related professional area
  • Must have valid driver’s license and be comfortable driving a ¾ ton pickup truck
  • Experience in a hospitality, arts, and/or creative field preferred

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • An eye for detail
  • Must be a team player, able to work independently as well as in a group
  • Must be innovative, reliable, patient, tenacious
  • Must be able to travel to and from Ox-Bow Saugatuck campus and/or various vender locations in the West Michigan region
  • Experience working with hand tools and power tools
  • Woodworking experience a plus
  • A passion for the arts preferred

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Must be able to stand, bend, and routinely lift supplies and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to traverse uneven terrain including stairs
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors in high heat and humidity
  • Ability to work around potentially hazardous materials and loud noise
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment correctly for most of the day while organizational COVID-19 safety protocols are in place
  • Ability to work nights and weekends

Working At Ox-Bow

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, founded in 1910, offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers. Our campus is nestled on a peninsular interdunal wetland in Saugatuck, MI. With programs that target degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow builds a supportive frame in which artists can push their practices in new directions. Ox-Bow’s community is expansive and ever-evolving. Working at Ox-Bow is a unique experience. Our staff consists of both year-round and seasonal positions. Some staff live on campus during their working months, while others commute or work remotely both within the state of Michigan and beyond.

Working at Ox-Bow is working at the intersection of education, hospitality and culture. Together we seek to create a welcoming environment that nurtures the creative process while building community across generations, career stages, disciplines and identities. With over 100 years of arts education behind us, we have a vast community of alumni, including staff, students, resident artists, faculty, and community supporters, who love and care for Ox-Bow. Working at Ox-Bow is to become part of that community, and help sustain a historic non-profit arts organization for current and future generations of artists and art lovers.

At Ox-Bow we have a vision to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, lend their creativity, and work in support of an evolving, yet historic, art school. We pride ourselves on thinking and acting creatively, and recognize that part of what makes us a unique place for both our staff and students, is the talent and dedication of our employees.

Ox-Bow is committed to diversity and inclusion, we believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and national origin and work to reflect that in our classrooms, programming, faculty, staff and board.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. Ox-Bow does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices.

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Position Title:  Glass Studio Technician

Reports to:  Glass Studio Manager

Location:  Saugatuck, Michigan

Position Classification: Seasonal, Full Time, Non-Exempt, Salaried

Compensation:    $16.00/hr

Eligible for Overtime, Paid Time Off, and Paid Holidays; Daily Meals Included


Revised January 2023

POSITION SUMMARY

Ox-Bow School of Art is an 113-year old art school and artists’ residency. The Glass Studio Technician works in a direct, hands-on capacity with the Glass Studio Manager, faculty and other staff to ensure a quality, supportive learning environment for a range of skill levels and to cultivate a community of learners. The Technician supports the successful technical function of the glass studio; builds and maintains effective relationships with students, studio members and faculty; and utilizes strong communication skills. The Technician will work with other glass studio staff, the Campus Manager and the Campus Director to ensure an organized, cohesive working environment.

This is a residential position during the scheduled working season; room and board will be provided. This seasonal position runs from mid April through mid October. Schedule will include evening and weekend hours.

This position is a 1-year contract with the option for annual renewal up to 3-years pending satisfactory performance review.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Perform studio preparation, organization and maintenance
  • Assist with studio equipment improvements and upgrades
  • Assist faculty with demonstrations as assigned
  • Assist students with techniques and processes taught in courses
  • Assist with the teaching of private classes, working directly with rental guests and students
  • Facilitate discussion and engage with students
  • Classroom cleanup, upholding all COVID-19 mitigation standards
  • Additional tasks as assigned by the Glass Studio Manager
  • Produce art items for promotional and fundraising purposes as assigned
  • Other project- and event-based support as determined by the Campus Director; including but not limited to office, housekeeping, maintenance, and hospitality support

EDUCATION/JOB EXPERIENCE/CERTIFICATIONS

  • At least two years experience in a glass studio preferred
  • A solid fluency in foundational glass skills using hot and kiln casting, cold shop methods, and glass blowing

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to work with a wide-range of skill levels, personalities, and backgrounds and modify technical and operational strategies to optimize learning experience
  • Must have excellent people skills; possess excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • Must be a team player able to work independently as well as in a group
  • Must be innovative, resourceful, patient, and tenacious
  • Must be able to travel to and from Ox-Bow Saugatuck campus and/or various vender locations in the West Michigan region
  • A passion for the arts preferred

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Must be able to stand, bend, and routinely lift supplies and equipment weighing up to 75 lbs
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to traverse uneven terrain including stairs
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors in high heat and humidity
  • Ability to work around potentially hazardous materials and loud noise
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment correctly for most of the day while organizational COVID-19 safety protocols are in place
  • Ability to work nights and weekends

Working At Ox-Bow

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, founded in 1910, offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers. Our campus is nestled on a peninsular interdunal wetland in Saugatuck, MI. With programs that target degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow builds a supportive frame in which artists can push their practices in new directions. Ox-Bow’s community is expansive and ever-evolving. Working at Ox-Bow is a unique experience. Our staff consists of both year-round and seasonal positions. Some staff live on campus during their working months, while others commute or work remotely both within the state of Michigan and beyond.

Working at Ox-Bow is working at the intersection of education, hospitality and culture. Together we seek to create a welcoming environment that nurtures the creative process while building community across generations, career stages, disciplines and identities. With over 100 years of arts education behind us, we have a vast community of alumni, including staff, students, resident artists, faculty, and community supporters, who love and care for Ox-Bow. Working at Ox-Bow is to become part of that community, and help sustain a historic non-profit arts organization for current and future generations of artists and art lovers.

At Ox-Bow we have a vision to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, lend their creativity, and work in support of an evolving, yet historic, art school. We pride ourselves on thinking and acting creatively, and recognize that part of what makes us a unique place for both our staff and students, is the talent and dedication of our employees.

Ox-Bow is committed to diversity and inclusion, we believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and national origin and work to reflect that in our classrooms, programming, faculty, staff and board.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. Ox-Bow does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices.

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency


Position Title:  Campus Office Assistant

Reports to:  Campus Director

Location:  Saugatuck, Michigan

Position Classification: Seasonal, Full Time, Non-Exempt, Salaried

Compensation:  $16.00/hr

Eligible for Overtime, Paid Time Off, and Paid Holidays; Daily Meals Included


Revised January 2023

POSITION SUMMARY

Ox-Bow School of Art is an 113-year old art school and artists’ residency. The Campus Office Assistant provides organizational and administrative support to our Saugatuck, MI office during our core season. The Assistant works directly with the Campus Director and campus team to ensure an organized, cohesive working environment; provides general office support; supports operations of the Art on the Meadow workshop program; supports special events on campus; and acts as a liaison between campus and other Ox-Bow departments and the broader local community. The Assistant is expected to build effective relationships with students, staff and faculty to gain their respect and trust by utilizing strong communication skills. The Assistant is a public-facing ambassador for Ox-Bow, and will express enthusiasm and knowledge regarding Ox-Bow’s operations and programming.

This position is ideal for candidates within a 40-mile commuting radius. Limited on-site housing is available for candidates beyond that range; some overnights on campus are required. This position will run from mid-April to early-November, and may include evening and weekend hours.

This position is a 1-year contract with the option for annual renewal up to 3-years pending satisfactory performance review.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

General Administrative Support

  • Support office activities
  • Serve as a communication anchor in the campus office, fielding general calls and questions
  • Maintain assigned office hours
  • Run errands on behalf of Ox-Bow at local bank, post office etc.
  • Assist with check-in of newly arrived on-campus participants
  • Know and communicate campus rules and protocols, including COVID-19 mitigation guidelines
  • Other administrative tasks as assigned by Campus Director

Events Support

  • Assist with campus events as assigned
  • Other project- and event-based support as determined by the Campus Director; including but not limited to office, housekeeping, maintenance, and hospitality support

Programming and Campus Community Support

  • Administer all aspects of the Art on the Meadow workshop program, including workshop set-up, registration, roster maintenance, student check-ins, fielding questions, communicating with instructors, and acquiring and organizing workshop materials
  • Support Campus Director with Art on the Meadow workshop planning as assigned
  • Support faculty and visiting artist lectures as assigned
  • Support core class functions as assigned
  • Facilitate participant travel as assigned
  • Serve as a liaison between Ox-Bow House staff and campus staff to coordinate effective operations
  • Coordinate student, fellow and resident exhibitions in the Betsy gallery in the old inn
  • Organize and maintain the Kim costume closet
  • In collaboration with Campus Director and campus support staff, develop and carry out initiatives to enhance the on-campus experience for participants

EDUCATION/JOB EXPERIENCE/CERTIFICATIONS

  • Previous experience in an academic or arts administration context preferred
  • BA or BFA degree preferred; not required
  • Familiarity with Google suite, Microsoft Office suite, and Creative Suite preferred

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Express enthusiasm for Ox-Bow’s mission
  • Possess excellent communication skills
  • Highly organized and reliable
  • A savvy multi-tasker
  • Must be a team player and able to work independently
  • Must be innovative, resourceful and patient; possessing a strong sense of integrity and optimism
  • A passion for the arts and familiarity with artist communities is preferred
  • Must be able to travel to and from Ox-Bow Saugatuck campus and/or various vender locations in the West Michigan region

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Ability to traverse uneven terrain including stairs
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors in high heat and humidity
  • Ability to work nights and weekends

Working At Ox-Bow

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, founded in 1910, offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers. Our campus is nestled on a peninsular interdunal wetland in Saugatuck, MI. With programs that target degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow builds a supportive frame in which artists can push their practices in new directions. Ox-Bow’s community is expansive and ever-evolving. Working at Ox-Bow is a unique experience. Our staff consists of both year-round and seasonal positions. Some staff live on campus during their working months, while others commute or work remotely both within the state of Michigan and beyond.

Working at Ox-Bow is working at the intersection of education, hospitality and culture. Together we seek to create a welcoming environment that nurtures the creative process while building community across generations, career stages, disciplines and identities. With over 100 years of arts education behind us, we have a vast community of alumni, including staff, students, resident artists, faculty, and community supporters, who love and care for Ox-Bow. Working at Ox-Bow is to become part of that community, and help sustain a historic non-profit arts organization for current and future generations of artists and art lovers.

At Ox-Bow we have a vision to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, lend their creativity, and work in support of an evolving, yet historic, art school. We pride ourselves on thinking and acting creatively, and recognize that part of what makes us a unique place for both our staff and students, is the talent and dedication of our employees.

Ox-Bow is committed to diversity and inclusion, we believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and national origin and work to reflect that in our classrooms, programming, faculty, staff and board.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. Ox-Bow does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices.

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency


Position Title:  After Hours & Community Care Assistant

Reports to:  Campus Director

Location:  Saugatuck, Michigan

Position Classification: Seasonal, Full Time, Non-Exempt, Salaried

Compensation:  $16.00/hr

Eligible for Overtime, Paid Time Off, and Paid Holidays; Daily Meals Included


Revised January 2023

POSITION SUMMARY

Ox-Bow School of Art is an 113-year old art school and artists’ residency. The primary role of the After Hours & Community Care Assistant is to respond to urgent, time sensitive, and emergency needs of the campus body during evening hours, when the administrative office is closed. The core purpose of this position is to provide campus with an after hours point person who can answer routine questions about campus life, as well as assist with basic first aid, CPR, and emergency situations as necessary. The Assistant will also plan and arrange community wellness events and resources for the ever-changing on-site community. The Assistant will be an ambassador for a healthy on-campus culture, both in a holistic sense and in support of best practices regarding COVID-19 mitigation. They will also provide administrative and event-based support during evening hours.

This position requires working 5PM to 1AM as well as being available (on-call) via walkie talkie from 1AM to 7 AM. This position will run from mid-April through late-August. This is a residential position during the scheduled working season, and room and board as well as a studio space on campus are provided. Regular shift hours are paid hourly; and, if any incident occurring during the on-call hours requires attention, paid at time and ½ for hours worked over 40 hours per week. Scheduled working hours are subject to change and are determined by the Campus Director.

This position is a 1-year contract with the option for annual renewal up to 3-years pending satisfactory performance review.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Keep walkie-talkies charged, on and within earshot during work and on-call hours
  • Assist anyone who needs first aid attention
  • Seek help from other staff members or emergency professionals when needed, including but not limited to the Campus Director, Campus Manager and Wellness Counselors
  • In an emergency, call 911 and begin CPR if needed
  • Assist any participant in need of emotional or mental first aid
  • Be a calming, open ear for on-campus participants
  • Be a positive, supportive, visible presence on campus during evening events
  • Implement emergency protocols when necessary
  • Write up reports on all incidents or emergencies
  • Stock and maintain first aid kits and stations
  • Support participant check-in processes during evening hours as assigned
  • Support faculty and visiting artist lectures during evening hours as assigned
  • Attend weekly check-ins with the Campus Director
  • Under the guidance of the Campus Director, plan and implement campus wellness events and resources
  • Other project- and event-based support as determined by the Campus Director; including but not limited to office, housekeeping, maintenance, and hospitality support

EDUCATION/JOB EXPERIENCE/CERTIFICATIONS

  • Trained in basic first aid and CPR (Ox-Bow will assist in providing this training); previous CPR certification a plus
  • Trained in emotional first aid (Ox-Bow will assist in getting this training)
  • Know and communicate Ox-Bow’s mission and emergency & COVID mitigation protocols
  • Know and communicate campus rules and regulations
  • Be familiar with the grounds and facilities

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Must have excellent people and communication skills
  • Ability to work well and remain calm under pressure
  • Must be a team player and able to work independently
  • Must be innovative, resourceful, patient, and possess a strong sense of integrity and optimism
  • A passion for the arts and familiarity with artist communities is preferred

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Ability to traverse uneven terrain including stairs
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors in high heat and humidity
  • Ability to work nights and weekends

Working At Ox-Bow

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, founded in 1910, offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers. Our campus is nestled on a peninsular interdunal wetland in Saugatuck, MI. With programs that target degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow builds a supportive frame in which artists can push their practices in new directions. Ox-Bow’s community is expansive and ever-evolving. Working at Ox-Bow is a unique experience. Our staff consists of both year-round and seasonal positions. Some staff live on campus during their working months, while others commute or work remotely both within the state of Michigan and beyond.

Working at Ox-Bow is working at the intersection of education, hospitality and culture. Together we seek to create a welcoming environment that nurtures the creative process while building community across generations, career stages, disciplines and identities. With over 100 years of arts education behind us, we have a vast community of alumni, including staff, students, resident artists, faculty, and community supporters, who love and care for Ox-Bow. Working at Ox-Bow is to become part of that community, and help sustain a historic non-profit arts organization for current and future generations of artists and art lovers.

At Ox-Bow we have a vision to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, lend their creativity, and work in support of an evolving, yet historic, art school. We pride ourselves on thinking and acting creatively, and recognize that part of what makes us a unique place for both our staff and students, is the talent and dedication of our employees.

Ox-Bow is committed to diversity and inclusion, we believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and national origin and work to reflect that in our classrooms, programming, faculty, staff and board.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. Ox-Bow does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices.

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency
Revised January 2022

Position Title:  Hospitality Team Member

Reports To:  Culinary Director

Location:  Saugatuck, Michigan

Position Classification: Seasonal, Full Time, Non-Exempt, Salaried

Compensation:   $600 / week


POSITION SUMMARY

Hospitality is the genuine desire to take care of your guests and anticipate their needs.   The kitchen at Ox-Bow not only serves food to our campus, we serve care to our community.

The Hospitality Team Members prepare food for the Ox-Bow community, assist in meal planning, help build and maintain our garden and facilities, and provide an overall atmosphere of care. Working closely with the kitchen Hospitality Team, this position has the unique opportunity to share their ideas and collaborate on all things involving the intersection of food and art.

In addition to serving 3 meals a day during the academic sessions, expanded non-academic programming activities will also need to have Hospitality Kitchen service and support.  As Hospitality Kitchen Service is required 7 days a week for many weeks in a row, schedules could see the opportunity for a 4 day work week and/or evening hours. This is a seasonal position from mid-April through mid-October, specific schedule to be determined by the Culinary Director.  The goal of the kitchen is to work symbiotically in order to best accomplish our shared goals and provide a healthy work/life balance.

This position is ideal for candidates within a 40 mile commuting radius. Limited on-site housing is available for candidates beyond that range.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Prepares foods based on menu including salads, soups, sides, main courses, desserts, and baked goods
  • Makes mindful accommodations to serve guests with allergies or specific diet concerns
  • Maintains and assists in order, inventory, and cleanliness of preparation and food storage areas
  • Safe operation of kitchen equipment and tools
  • Works with meat, poultry, fish, other animal products
  • Ensures maintenance of and cleanliness of all service areas
  • Maintains sense of urgency to ensure timely delivery of meals
  • Positive service and guest interactions
  • Receives and stocks bulk order deliveries
  • Properly stores and labels food
  • Daily ongoing cleaning including dishwashing
  • Professionalism in conduct and collaboration with coworkers
  • Attends and contributes to periodic meetings
  • Openly takes direction and feedback from Hospitality Team
  • Gardening maintenance and compost management
  • Provides support for special events and guest collaborations
  • Active in communication in-person and on electronic platforms
  • Contributes to collective creativity projects and community agreements
  • Other tasks as assigned by Hospitality Management Team


EDUCATION/JOB EXPERIENCE/CERTIFICATION

Experience and passion for food and art is preferred.


SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge of basic standard food preparation and storage practices
  • Knowledgeable in usage of kitchen equipment
  • Experience in preparing meals
  • Essential basic computer skills
  • Effective and professional communicator
  • Must be able to travel to and from Ox-Bow Saugatuck campus and/or various vender locations in the West Michigan region


Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to lift and carry or otherwise move 50lbs regularly
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to traverse uneven terrain
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors in high heat and humidity
  • Ability to work around potentially hazardous materials and loud noise
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment correctly for most of the day
  • Ability to work nights and weekends
  • Occasional travel required for this position


Working At Ox-Bow

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, founded in 1910, offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers. Our campus is nestled on a peninsular interdunal wetland in Saugatuck, MI. With programs that target degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow builds a supportive frame in which artists can push their practices in new directions. Ox-Bow’s community is expansive and ever-evolving. Working at Ox-Bow is a unique experience. Our staff consists of both year-round and seasonal positions. Some staff live on campus during their working months, while others commute or work remotely both within the state of Michigan and beyond.

Working at Ox-Bow is working at the intersection of education, hospitality and culture. Together we seek to create a welcoming environment that nurtures the creative process while building community across generations, career stages, disciplines and identities. With over 100 years of arts education behind us, we have a vast community of alumni, including staff, students, resident artists, faculty, and community supporters, who love and care for Ox-Bow. Working at Ox-Bow is to become part of that community, and help sustain a historic non-profit arts organization for current and future generations of artists and art lovers.

At Ox-Bow we have a vision to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, lend their creativity, and work in support of an evolving, yet historic, art school. We pride ourselves on thinking and acting creatively, and recognize that part of what makes us a unique place for both our staff and students, is the talent and dedication of our employees.

Ox-Bow is committed to diversity and inclusion, we believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and national origin and work to reflect that in our classrooms, programming, faculty, staff and board.


Equal Opportunity Employment

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. Ox-Bow does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices.

Ox-Bow’s fully-funded Summer Artist-in-Residence Program offers 12 artists the time, space, and community to encourage growth and experimentation in their practice for three weeks on campus. The Summer Residencies are held while our core classes and community programs are in session. During this time, a small group of residents have access to Ox-Bow’s artist community of students, faculty, and visiting artists.
Our Summer Residencies are open to artists at any level. Currently enrolled students, MFA candidates, arts faculty, emerging, or established artists are encouraged to apply. There are generally three residents on campus at a time. The dates available are;

  • May 28 - June 17
  • June 18 - July 8
  • July 10 - 29
  • July 30 - August 19

Residency Recipients receive:

  • Private Studio (raw studio space; classroom studios not available)
  • Private room (shared bathrooms and showers)
  • 3 meals a day
  • Access to visiting artist and faculty for studio visits
  • Evening artist lectures
  • Opportunities to share work through slide presentations, readings, etc.


All artists interested in taking summer classes at Ox-Bow are encouraged to apply for the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship is a juried award based on application content and questions. We offer a variety of scholarships for students taking credit or non-credit classes to ensure that the Ox-Bow experience is open to everyone.
The scholarship deadline is Sunday, March 12, 2023, by midnight.

Faculty are encouraged to submit course proposals to teach at Ox-Bow for the summer and winter.

We are currently taking proposals for our Summer 2023 and Winter 2023 season. We are no longer in need for proposals for 2022.

SUMMER SESSION, June - August

Proposals for the Summer Session can be for 1-, 2-, or 3-week classes. Ox-Bow has 6 main studio areas-- painting and drawing, ceramics, papermaking, printmaking, metals, and glass, but will consider proposals in a variety of disciplines, including sound, fiber, performance, sculpture, art history, photo, film, new media, writing, visual and critical studies, and interdisciplinary areas.

To propose a course you will need the following information:

  •  Faculty Name, email, phone number, website if available
  •  CV, or Resume (an MFA is required to teach a for-credit class at Ox-Bow)
  •  Course Name
  •  Session for which you are proposing
  •  Course Description paragraph should be in the following format: 100 words addressing overall concept, 100 words addressing artists and readings, and 25 words addressing assignments and projects.
  •  Not required but recommended—documentation of faculty and student work, may be in the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, jpg, gif, mp3, mp4, tiff, png, mov. If this is included, please note that the program will automatically alphabetize your files so please name them accordingly. Please provide a documentation list which indicates the artist (Self or Student), title if known, media, etc.


WINTER SESSION, January

Proposals for the Winter Session are for 2-week classes. During the winter session, courses that are most successful engage the landscape and the winter weather. Ox-Bow has limited studio facilities available. Studios available for use are:

  • Lutz, a group studio house available with 4 individual studio spaces
  • Haas Painting studio, which can accommodate up to 18 students (and can be used for courses other than painting)
  • Krehbiel Ceramics studio, which can accommodate up 12 students
  • Print studio, with Screenprinting, Etching, Lithography capacity, accommodates 12
  •  New Media Space, accommodates 12

Ox-Bow is also hosting online classes for the upcoming Winter session. If you have an idea best suited for online learning, please select "online" in the session category. These classes meet via Zoom everyday during a 2-week session. 

Each summer, Ox-Bow offers 9 fellowship students from competitive schools all over the nation a fully funded opportunity to focus on their work, meet with renowned artists, and grow as members of this unique community. The Fellows live on campus for 13 weeks from May 25 - August 28, where in addition to providing support labor to an arts non-profit will participate in all areas of campus life. By working closely with staff, fellows develop relationships with others who have also made art-making their lives.

Fellowship students are selected on the merit of their work and on their commitment to making inspired and innovative art. The fellowship program is a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate within an engaging artist-run community.


Fellowship recipients receive:

  • A studio space with 24 hour access
  • Stipend for research and related labor on campus
  • Free housing and meals
  • Weekly studio visits with visiting artists
  • Opportunity to exhibit their work


Eligibility
Applicants must:

  • Be undergraduate students in the junior/senior year or MFA students
  • Have a graduation date of December 2022 or later
  • Be at least 21 years old at the start of the fellowship
  • Have the ability to work in the United States or have a work visa


Art on the Meadow is a grant-funded community program that offers a variety of art-making and studio experiences through short-term workshops for families, teens, and adults on Ox-Bow’s campus. Community driven courses are taught by working artists from West Michigan and the greater Chicago area. We work to provide an intergenerational and accessible space for artists to cultivate new work and ideas, while connecting them to lasting creative resources in a rich, natural environment. 

Teaching artists from the West Michigan and the greater Chicago area are encouraged to submit workshop proposals to teach summer workshops at Ox-Bow during the Summer .

Proposals for our 2023 summer season are due on November 15, 2022!

Ox-bow has facilities to offer workshops in drawing, ceramics, papermaking, printmaking, metals, and glass, and will also consider proposals in a variety of disciplines, including sound, fiber, collage, performance, sculpture, art history, photo, film, new media, writing, craft, and interdisciplinary areas. To propose a workshop you will need the following information:

  • Faculty Name, email, phone number, website if available
  • CV, or Resume
  • Course Name
  • Preferred workshop dates
  • Length of workshop
  • Workshop Concepts and assignments 
  • Workshop Description (approximately 100 words)
  • Budget/Space/Equipment Information Ox-Bow has limited technological resources; please submit a list of equipment needed for your course (if outside of standard equipment) and plans on how you might address those needs.
  • Not required but recommended—documentation of faculty and student work, may be in the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, jpg, gif, mp3, mp4, tiff, png, mov. If this is included, please note that the program will automatically alphabetize your files so please name them accordingly. Please provide a documentation list which indicates the artist (Self or Student), title if known, media, etc.

Questions? Contact Claire Arctander, Campus Director, at carcta@ox-bow.org

Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists' Residency