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Kimberly Pancoast

Program Director, Ceramics

Since 1975, Lillstreet Art Center has been a community of artists and students working side-by-side. Our intent has always been to offer an alternative space to create, connect with, and find community. Lillstreet Art Center supports the arts through a multifaceted arts education program, year-long artist residencies, an art exhibition space, retail sales opportunities for artists, studio rentals and arts-based professional development.

Lillstreet’s Ceramic Department is ^10 and ^04 studio averaging over 600 students per session. Our programming includes classes in wheelthrowing, handbuilding, figure sculpting, tile making, slip casting, and sculpture.

As department director you will:

  • Manage the department teaching artists and monitor team.
  • Oversee hiring, training, scheduling and communicating with roughly 70 employees, including instructors, teaching assistants and monitors.
  • Maintain core curriculum, develop new programming, accept course proposals, and create five course catalogs per year.
  • Represent the department in communications with faculty, staff, administration, and students.
  • Resolve departmental conflicts.
  • Work with the ceramic department Facilities Manager and Outreach Coordinator to maintain open communication and clear studio policies with all department members.
  • Review Resident Artist applications and work with Facilities Manager and Outreach Coordinator to interview and select new AiRs each year.


  • Familiarity with all offered techniques including wheelthrowing, handbuilding, figure sculpting, tile making, slip casting, and sculpture.
  • Experience firing downdraft gas kilns, gas soda kilns and electric kilns.
  • Knowledge in clay and glaze preparation, ceramic materials, studio equipment, and all firing techniques.
  • Two years or more of teaching experience.
  • Strong communication, multi-tasking, and time management skills.
  • Managerial and administrative experience required.
  • BFA or MFA required.


  • One free class in any department per session.
  • Optional health insurance.
  • Discount at Lillstreet Shop & Gallery

Candidates must provide:

  • Resume and CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Link to or PDF with examples of your ceramic work.
  • 2 Professional References

Please send these and any questions you may have to

Lillstreet Art Center is an equal opportunity employer promoting diversity and sustaining an inclusive community.

Contact Info:
Lillstreet Art Center, HR
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Ravenswood, Chicago IL