Dean Nancy Uscher will interview James Baker about the role residency programs serve in an artist's personal and professional development. "Artists seek out residencies for the freedom to experiment and innovate. They often find that they discover other things such as new networks of professional relationships, collaborations with other artists and exponential growth in their creativity."
In this one-hour conversation, Uscher and Baker will explore a number of aspects of artist residencies including how they augment degree-granting programs, resources and opportunities to apply and what to expect during a residency.
Jim Baker is former Executive Director of Anderson Ranch Arts Center and Pilchuck Glass School and former Board Chair of the Alliance of Artist Communities. Previously he was Executive Director of Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado (1995-2006). In 1973, Jim received his undergraduate degree in Meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University. In 1975, he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. He served as an Assistant Professor of Art (tenured) at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and as an Associate Professor of Arts and Humanities (tenured) at the University of Texas at Dallas. In 1986, accepted the position of Program Director for Photography at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and in 1995 was invited to serve as Executive Director. Nationally, Jim has served on the boards of the Society for Photographic Education, the Alliance of Artists Communities (chair 2004-2005), the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, and the Nominating Committee for the Glass Art Society.
Dr. Nancy J. Uscher is Dean of the College of Fine Arts and presidential professor of music. She oversees seven departments and schools, eight curated gallery spaces, including the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art; six theatre venues, and the UNLV Performing Arts Center. Prior to joining UNLV in 2016, Dr. Uscher was president of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle for five years. Before that, she was provost for seven years–and for six months co-acting president–of the California Institute of the Arts, where she also was on the music faculty. Dr. Uscher previously spent 12 years at the University of New Mexico as professor of music, and, at various times, associate provost, department chair and center director. She also taught in the women studies program.