what are your thoughts? CVs and artist resumes and other things

I’ve been working on my CV again (which means, I’ll have to update the blog’s info again *sigh*) for a couple of reasons.


The first is that where The Husband teaches is in need of people that can teach art and know about Art History. <–I’ve been helping him flesh out their library with Art History texts as well as guest lecturing for his Humanities classes:  how the 20th century went collectively wacko at once, what caused it, and what it did to the art.  How’s that for a title of a book?


Have I mentioned how much I truly and deeply love the 20th century art history textbooks Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism, Vol. 1: 1900-1944 and Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism, Vol. 2:  1945 to the present? It’s set up by year, which I know sounds tedious, but that means that everything that ended up influencing a particular year is accounted for in the previous years as well as the chapter of that year.  It’s as close as one can get to reliving that time period.  Also, totally co-authored/co-edited by Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Hal Foster, and Rosalind Krauss.


There’s a weird kinda happy place in my heart.


So, yeah, I’m supposed to finish it up and send it off to the school’s head hunter (in a good way).  Who knows, I might end up teaching 2-D design and art classes for the Elementary Education kids.


That could be kinda fun.  Alyson would be so proud.


The other reason, for those of you that don’t know, is that I have an interview to teach paper-making at one of the local technical colleges on the 15th. <–The short version is that I had talked to Miss Carrie, our Education Director at the ARTgarage, about possibly teaching paper-making in the Spring, and she mentioned it to the site manager/headhunter (again, in a really good way) for this technical college, and he asked if I’d like to interview for an adjunct faculty spot.


Evidently, they’ve been trying to get someone “young and fun” to get these classes off the ground finally.  I don’t know if I’m young or fun, but I do have an inordinate amount of fun playing with paper and paper-pulp and making sculptural objects out of it. <–This has directly lead to a sick love of polyurethane.


So–yeah–CV, me, and art-job interviews.  Eep with a capital EEP.


But, this has all been getting me to think about what we, as artists, and we, as educators, put on our CVs and the order in which we put it on their.


When I was a tutor in the Writing Center at NIU and at Kishwaukee College (and, yes, I do realize the irony in my cracktastic, informal blog being written by someone with a Literature degree and ~6 years worth of Writing Center experience), I learned that, sometimes, it’s better to put the relevant experience that’s going to qualify you for the job at the top instead of your education; whereas, in academic CVs, you always put your education first.


As artists, it seems like we’d put our education first, but a lot of us have very peculiar educations *raises tentacle* and self-educations *again, raises tentacle*, so our show might be a more appropriate opener.


But, if you’re applying for a teaching position, it would again be education because that’s the way the academic world works, right?  And what about published works?  I’m odd and have had my art published as well as a couple academic articles.  Should I separate them or leave them together? <–Again, I’m weird, and I think that they should all be together because they’re coming from similar places in my brain.  Who knows if that makes sense to anyone else on the planet, yeah?


I know how I did mine (and it has been Husband, also a Writing Center tutor, approved).


What are your thoughts, my lovelies?  How do y’all structure your CVs, resumes, and other job-getting ephemera?


Leave comments, musings, and anything else that you’d like.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.



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