Faculty from both SAIC and schools around the globe are encouraged to submit course proposals to teach at Ox-Bow for the summer and winter.

We accept course proposals on a rolling basis. We are currently accepting proposals for the January 2018 Winter Interim Session and for the 2018 Summer Session. All proposals are due by May 1st. You will hear back from us about your course no later than October 2017.

WINTER INTERIM SESSION, January 2018, 2 weeks

Proposals for the Winter Interim Session should be for 2 week/3 credit courses only. 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:

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

SUMMER SESSION, June - August, 2018

Proposals for the 2018 Summer Session can be for either 1 week/1 credit courses or 2 week/3 credit courses. 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
  • Course Name
  • Session for which you are proposing
  • Length of course
  • Course Description (approximately 100 words, for examples, please refer to this year's course catalog)
  • 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.
Ends on January 31, 2018

Ox-Bow,  Development Director

The Development Director is responsible for developing and implementing an overall fund development strategy in support of Ox-Bow’s operations, scholarships, capital, and endowment funds. This is a full time exempt position reporting to Ox-Bow’s Executive and Creative Director. 

A successful candidate for this position will be someone with experience running fundraising events for 400+ people, who understands how individual giving programs work, and who has strong grant writing skills. S/he will enjoy working with a wide range of people from varied and diverse backgrounds including constituents from the West Michigan and Chicago communities. Employees who thrive at Ox-Bow are teamwork oriented and self-starters. Building strong connections and relationships with donors is a large part of this job, so a successful candidate for this role will be someone who enjoys the social component to this work.  The ideal candidate for this position is someone who has experience with fundraising, loves to strategize and think big, while understanding what it takes to implement a plan from start to finish.

This position is open to candidates who can work in either our Chicago or West Michigan locations, with the understanding that travel between the two locations will be regularly required.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


  • Develop long term funding strategy to support organizational growth
  • Develop a yearly development strategy and associated financial goals for the following areas:
    • Special Events
    • Individual Giving (Annual Fund and Major Gifts)
    • Corporate and Foundation Relations (Grants and Partnerships)
  • Work to ensure that development goals remain a consideration throughout the organization (i.e. marketing, strategic partnerships, etc.)


  • Execute all fundraising activities with the support of staff, board, and volunteers including:
    • Summer Benefit and other fundraising events
    • Individual Giving (Annual Fund and Major Gifts)
    • Grant proposals to corporations and foundations

 Special Initiatives

  • Facilitate fund-specific campaigns as needed
  • Continue to identify and implement opportunities to build Ox-Bow’s endowment fund

Relationship Building/Communication

  • Build relationships with the Board and Stewardship Committee
  • Develop an active volunteer base in support of fund development efforts
  • Build relationships with current and potential funders
  • Ensure prompt and meaningful follow-up communication with donors


  • Research appropriate funding opportunities
  • Identify and collect the necessary support materials to articulate Ox-Bow’s relevance to funders and the broader community
  • Hone Ox-Bow’s development database so that it becomes an effective development tool


  • Work with the staff to determine their priorities and support their efforts as needed
  • Define the objectives for and assess the success of:
    • The Development and Events Coordinator
    • Other development consultants
  • Facilitate the development efforts of the Executive and Creative Director
  • Make sure that appropriate budget and programmatic tracking is done
  • Attend appropriate professional meetings and conferences on Ox-Bow’s behalf

The position is full time, exempt and includes health insurance benefits, paid time off, and a 401(k) plan.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Please submit a cover letter and CV by October 15, 2017. Please save files as PDFs.

Search open until position is filled.