Art Assistant in Printmaking
Other, Academic Affairs
The primary role of the Art Assistant in Printmaking is to assist
the printmaking and design professor with class activities and the
day-to-day operations of the printmaking shop and design
facilities. The Art Assistant also ensures the safe student use of
the facility on nights and weekends. The Art Assistant helps
students with technical issues on projects, maintains equipment and
materials, orders supplies, performs maintenance on the printing
presses and digital printers, and cleans the printmaking shop as
This position is an excellent stepping-stone for a student who has
recently completed their undergraduate studies or is about to
graduate, and who is interested in pursuing an MFA in studio art
but wants a couple of additional years to develop a stronger
portfolio and gain experience. The close mentoring provided in this
position, as well as the access to equipment and resources of the
wider University will enable a motivated person to become a highly
desirable candidate for graduate study. The Art Assistant hired for
this position will have 24/7 access to the printmaking studio and
design facilities to work on their own projects when not involved
in Art Assistant duties.
This is a termed position, ideally beginning in August 2022 and
continuing through early May 2023. There is a possibility of
renewal for a second year (contingent upon favorable evaluations).
This is a 25-hour per week, limited benefits eligible
As a role model in the classroom, the Art Assistant must exhibit a
high level of professionalism, be punctual, and respond promptly to
emails and other inquiries.
- Assist the printmaking professor with class activities and the
day-to-day operations of the printmaking studio and design
- Oversee safe student use of equipment in the printmaking studio
during classes and on nights and weekends.
- Ensure the safe use of the presses, acids, solvents, shears,
and other equipment.
- Provide students with extensive instruction on how to use the
equipment, acids, solvents, etc. safely and efficiently.
- Demonstrate technical processes including mixing ink and use of
tools and presses when asked by the professor.
- Mix and change etch solutions for zinc and copper
- Perform work in the maintenance, inventory, and procurement of
equipment and supplies.
- Regularly clean, oil, and maintain printing presses using the
press lubrication guide.
- Regularly clean and maintain the digital printers in the
printshop and design facilities.
- Maintain an inventory of all inks, solvents, paper, and other
- Prepare materials for hazardous waste pickup.
- Repair and maintain tools as needed.
- Keep an inventory of supplies; order and purchase supplies as
- Coordinate with facilities staff about maintenance issues that
need to be addressed in the printmaking and design
- Keep the printmaking studio and design facilities clean and
- Assist in other departmental duties as needed, such as
installation of student work in the department gallery and
- Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
- Bachelor's degree in Studio Art
- Familiarity with a range of printmaking-related equipment and
media, and an understanding of equipment and material
- Must be dependable, have strong work ethic, and good
We seek a candidate whose experience and expertise will contribute
to Bucknell's commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
- Well versed in intaglio, lithography, relief, silkscreen and/or
1. Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 25 pounds.
2. Ability to move equipment around.
3. Use proper safety equipment for head, eyes, hands and body
4. Exposure to printmaking solvents, acids, etc.
To apply, please submit the following required documents -
1) A cover letter, addressing your interst in this opportunity and
what makes you a strong candidate for the position.
2) A resume, outlining all of your employment history, including
art-related and non-art-related work.
3) A portfolio consisting of 20 JPEG images, and a document that
lists the title, year completed, materials, and dimensions for each
work of art. Please email the JPEGs and document to Eddy Lopez,
Assistant Professor of Art, at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition,
if you have a website or portfolio, then please include a link to
it in your cover letter.
Applications will only be accepted online. Review of applications
will begin immediately and continue until the position is
To apply, visit https://careers.bucknell.edu/en-us/job/497018/art-assistant-in-printmaking