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Jan Kaila selected as the Dean of the Academy of Fine Arts

Artist professor Jan Kaila has held international positions as a teacher, curator and advisor in artistic research. 

Doctor of Fine Arts Jan Kaila was selected as the Dean of the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) for the term of office from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2022. 

Jan Kaila (b. 1957) is a visual artist and a teacher in fine arts, and he has previously worked at the Academy of Fine Arts in various positions, including as a vice rector, director of the doctoral programme and professor of artistic research. Kaila received his doctoral degree in fine arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in 2002 after over a decade’s experience in different teaching positions in fine arts and photography. Kaila is currently the head of a three-year multi-disciplinary research project, Poetic Archeology, at Uniarts Helsinki.

The recruitment committee emphasised Kaila’s international experience and merits in developing artistic research. Kaila is an active curator and debater, and he has written extensively on contemporary art and artistic research.

– The Academy of Fine Arts has a strong international profile, and I want to continue the work of bringing it to a higher level. I also believe that the cooperation between the research of different art disciplines can be deepened even further. One of the biggest transitions during my term will naturally come in the beginning of the 2020s when the Academy of Fine Arts will relocate to the new facilities that will be built next to the Theatre Academy, Kaila comments on the goals of his upcoming term.

Kaila has worked as a professor at the Estonian Academy of Arts and held numerous teaching positions as well as positions of trust in foreign art institutions of higher education and international art organisations. Since 2014, Kaila has worked as the scientific advisor in artistic research at the Swedish Research Council with a focus on developing artistic research.

– Jan Kaila’s impressive international experience and deep knowledge of teaching in fine arts give him excellent qualifications for developing the Academy of Fine Arts. As the Dean, his strong vision for artistic research and teaching will benefit the entire university, says Uniarts Helsinki’s Rector Jari Perkiömäki.

The Dean is in charge of managing the Academy of Fine Arts as a part of Uniarts Helsinki. His responsibilities focus on the management of academic, artistic and pedagogic operations in the field of fine arts.

Seven candidates applied for the position of the dean at Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts. The appointment was made by the Uniarts Helsinki Board on the proposal of Rector Jari Perkiömäki in a meeting on Wednesday, 23 August. 

Further information and interview requests:

Uniarts Helsinki’s Head of Communications Eveliina Olsson, +358 50 598 6492.