The Academy of Fine Art (Kunstakademiet) is responsible for education, communication, research and development within the field of fine art, and for developing and maintaining national and international networks. The department is currently offering a three-year BA, a two-year MA and a fellowship programme for artistic research. The Academy of Fine Art is one of six departments at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. For more information please visit our website:

Associate Professor (70%) of exhibition studies

The Academy of Fine Art is now accepting applicants for Associate Professor of Exhibition Studies. This is a part-time, 70% fixed term position of six years with a possibility of an extension for a further period after public announcement.

Exhibition activities are an integral part of an artist's practice and education. Through student exhibitions, teaching and other relevant activities the academy offers a varied and informed view on the production of art and exhibition making to our students.

We are looking for a candidate who is well informed within curating and exhibition history, and its place and role in the field of art. It is crucial that the candidate has a deep understanding of the importance of exhibitions and making projects public within an artistic practice. The successful candidate has an internationally recognized practice as a curator, experience with various educational formats, and a genuine interest in supporting and inspiring our students to the greatest extend possible. The appointed associate professor will be giving tutorials, teaching classes, workshops and seminars plus other educational activities.

The successful candidate will also be responsible for initiating and contributing to the public programme of the Academy in accordance with the research interests of the faculty, the student body, and the school. This work will happen in collaboration with the dean, the academic staff, and the programme coordinators. The public programme consists of events, seminars, exhibitions, conferences and publications. Promotion of the Academy’s public programme by fostering ties with national and international networks within the field is essential.

The appointed associate professor is expected to actively contribute to the department's strategic development and flexible use of resources. The candidate will also be involved in managerial, financial and administrative tasks relating to his or her field of responsibility.

Participation in regular academic staff meetings is mandatory. Since this is a part-time position, workdays and hours will be determined according to local priorities and in discussion with the dean.

The following qualifications are required:

  • Extensive curatorial experience of a recent date including documented artistic activity and/or research experience at a high international level with a curatorial practice as a specialization 
  • Education at minimum master degree level within the relevant field 
  • Documented professional experience of three years minimum within art education, curatorial practice, exhibition studies, art history, art theory or art criticism 
  • Documented experience with and knowledge of self-organisation and artist-run cultures
  • Documented teaching experience and expertise in relevant educational theory and practice
  • Fluency in English 

The teaching languages at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts are Norwegian and English. The person appointed to the position is expected to be able to gain basic skills in Norwegian within 2 years from starting the employment.

The applicants must also meet the following requirements:

  • An in-depth knowledge of current developments of the international contemporary art scene, especially in the curatorial field 
  • Extensive experience with and knowledge of curating, both from a historical and a contemporary perspective: including exhibition production, dissemination, organization of public programmes, publications and workshops 
  • International network and experience of collaborating with educational institutions 
  • Strong pedagogical skills and a disposition to inspire students  

Applicants are required to describe and document their entire range of qualifications and criteria set out in the job application with concrete examples. Both application and cover letter must be submitted in English.

An expert committee, appointed by the Academy, will assess the applicants’ qualifications. Only applications and documentation submitted by the application deadline will be considered by the committee.

The appointment committee for professional positions is the appointing authority. The qualified applicant may be asked to hold a trial lecture / conduct a trial tutorial. In addition to professional competence, emphasis will be placed on personal qualities.


There are extensive requirements for documentation in the application. The application should contain a statement and reflection on the candidate’s previous teaching experience / curriculum vitae, as well as a motivation for the position.

The applicant must submit a comprehensive overview of relevant professional experience to the position. The expert committee will only assess up to 15 artistic works/curatorial projects. The applicant must attach an overview of submitted documents to be considered in the assessment process.  It is possible to upload links to websites with documentation of artistic practice/curatorial projects. It is important that the applicant highlights the projects that should be assessed.

Application letter, CVs, certificates, diplomas and other documentation must be submitted via our online recruiting tool Jobbnorge. Additional optional material or documentation can be sent by post in 4 copies and must be submitted to HR advisor Svetlana Trofimova by the application deadline March 1st, 2018.

Address: Svetlana Trofimova, Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo, Postboks 6853 St. Olavs plass, 0130 Oslo.

We offer:

A stimulating local and international working environment
Salary NOK 548 200 to NOK 650 200 (for 100 % position) 

In accordance with the Public Service Pension Fund Act (lov om Statens Pensjonskasse), 2% of your salary is automatically deducted and deposited into the State Pension Fund. Notice that eligibility for rights to welfare benefits from the National Insurance Scheme and the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund normally requires membership in the National Insurance Scheme, and that this is usually the case if a person resides in Norway.

The appointed associate professor must respect the laws and regulations that apply for the governmental and the higher education sector in Norway, and should be prepared for organisational and work related changes at Oslo Academy of the Arts.

In accordance with the Oslo National Academy of the Arts equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity. According to Norwegian Law "Offentlighetsloven §25.2 ledd", the applicant’s name can be published although the applicant can request not to be included in the public list of applicants.

Contact information:

For questions regarding the position contact Dean Stine Hebert, email, phone +4748095486
For questions related to submission of application material, contact HR advisor Svetlana Trofimova, emal:

Application deadline: 1. March 2018
Working place: Oslo

Starting date: upon agreement, the position is vacant from 1 August 2018


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About this job

  • Deadline
    Thursday, March 1, 2018
  • Employer
    Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo
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  • Internal ID
    TU-sak-7-2017 new
  • Scope
    Permanent 70%
  • Duration
    Fixed Term

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