8 Jun 2022


Charlotte Colby Danly Sculpture Chair

Lyme Academy of Fine Arts  Old Lyme, Connecticut, United States

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Job Description

The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is seeking a sculptor to serve as the inaugural Charlotte Colby Danly Sculpture Chair and in that role to be responsible for helping to build the leading sculpture program in North America.

The Position

The Charlotte Colby Danly Sculpture Chair was made possible by a generous gift from philanthropist – and former Lyme Academy student – Charlotte Colby Danly who wants to help others learn sculpting in the figurative tradition as she did; Mrs. Danly studied under the noted sculptor Elisabeth Gordon Chandler, the Academy’s founder.

Working under the Artistic Directors, Jordan Sokol & Amaya Gurpide and closely with the Executive Director, Mora Rowe, the artist chosen to serve in this role will have a unique opportunity to develop a department within Lyme Academy dedicated to excellence in the instruction of sculpture in the classical tradition.

Candidates for the position should demonstrate expertise in artistic anatomy; have and maintain an active artistic practice in sculpture, and possess extensive knowledge of traditional sculpting methodologies.
The successful candidate will be responsible for directing a sculpting program, from introductory courses through advanced ones, in figurative sculpture, mold-making, history of sculpture technique, and critical thinking.
Developing a global reputation of excellence in sculpture will connect to the Academy’s founding and will provide an extraordinary opportunity for the right candidate.


The successful candidate must be an established master sculptor, with a strong reputation and hence, the ability to attract students. In addition, she/he must be an artist with extensive experience teaching in an atelier, academy, or other educational settings. The position requires an artist who not only has a reputation and a following but also possesses an uncommon ability to teach and inspire students. Finally, the person chosen to serve as the Charlotte Colby Danly Sculpture Chair will be expected to move to and become a part of the Old Lyme/Shoreline community.

 Primary Areas of Responsibility and Duties

  • Serve as the Academy’s lead sculpture instructor, particularly for full-time students enrolled in Core courses in sculpture, as well as part-time students, those in workshops and continuing education classes.
  • Lead the efforts to recruit sculpture students to apply for full-time study at the Academy and to oversee the student admissions process for sculpture students.
  • Recruit and coordinate artist-faculty members to teach at the Academy and, where appropriate, to mentor them in their development as artists and pedagogues.
  • Supervise all Academy sculpture instructors.
  • With the Artistic Directors, design, implement and evaluate the sculpture program offered by Lyme Academy, including Core courses, part-time continuing education, workshops, lectures, and exhibitions.
  • With the Executive Director, develop budgets and marketing strategies to execute the Academy’s sculpture programming.
  • Provide reports to the Board of Trustees on a regular basis on student enrollment and other activities on campus.
  • Serve as custodian of the Academy’s casts, molds, and sculpture collections, as well as making molds and casts as needed.

Secondary Responsibilities for Community Engagement and Support

  • Serve as an ambassador to Old Lyme and the Shoreline community on behalf of the Academy.
  • Act as a spokesperson for Lyme Academy’s artistic purpose via speaking engagements, public and social appearances, particularly when it comes to sculpture.
  • Work with the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees to coordinate donor development and fundraising activities to ensure Lyme Academy’s financial sustainability.


Those interested in applying should submit the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Images of portfolio work and a website link

Please send your application materials to Caitlin Perkins at caitlin@lymeacademy.edu.

The search committee will actively begin to review applications and schedule interviews in mid-Summer, with the goal of having the successful candidate start in the Fall/Winter of 2022.



The salary range for this position is commensurate with past teaching experience and the applicant’s standing in the arts community. The salary for this role will be sustained over time by the generosity of Ms. Colby Danly’s gift.



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Charlotte Colby Danly Sculpture Chair
Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
 Old Lyme, Connecticut, United States

Job Categories: Education. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: artistic director, arts education, faculty, Fine Arts, instructor, sculpture, and teaching. States: Connecticut.
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