Gerd Tinglum and Maria Hirvi-Ijäs candidates for rector

The nomination committee nominates two candidates for the rector election in April. Gerd Tinglum is a professor of painting at KHiB who has extensive management experience from Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Maria Hirvi-Ijäs has broad experience of teaching, strategic management and development work at three Nordic art academies.

External board member Morten Walderhaug has chaired the nomination committee. 'We are pleased to be in a position to present two professionally strong candidates with the integrity and drive needed to lead an institution as ambitious as KHiB,' he emphasises. The election process will be exciting, as students and staff have a real choice between two very well-qualified, but different candidates.

Motivated candidates
Tinglum, who of late has also been acting dean of the Department of Fine Art, sees teaching and academic supervision as equally important parts of her artistic practice, and as an integral part of how she understands herself as a developing artist and human being. She has extensive experience of supervision at BA, MA and PhD level, and was head of the Institute for Colour at Oslo National Academy of the Arts between 1996 and 2009. From 1999 to 2003, Tinglum was one of the external members of KHiB's first Committee for Artistic Research. 'I am interested in the link between artistic research and art and design discourses,' she says of her motivation for running for rector. 'In my time as a dean, I have found that there is a lot to learn, and I have enjoyed the challenge. I like getting to grips with things that aren't working and working purposefully to improve them.'

Hirvi-Ijäs says that her cultural identity is 'Nordism'. After ten years as a curator at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, she was first professor of art theory at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, before becoming rector of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2007. During the period 2010-2012, Hirvi-Ijäs was project manager at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at Gothenburg University, where she led the work that resulted in the merger of the Valand School of Fine Art, the School of Film Directing, the School of Photography and the Department of Literary Composition to create Valand Academy. Hirvi-Ijäs has the following to say about her motivation for wanting to become rector of KHiB: 'The position as rector of KHiB is in line with my professional focus on the organisation and development of higher education in the arts and on in-depth critical thinking in the field of contemporary art as a basis for new knowledge and societal renewal. Download Hirvi-Ijäs' CV

Election meeting on 31 March
The voters had the opportunity to get to know Tinglum and Hirvi-Ijäs better when they presented themselves and their candidacies on Monday 31 March in Terminus Hall in Bergen.

The rector election will take place by electronic voting in the period 7-10 April. The outcome will be announced at 12 o'clock on Friday 11 April in Marken 37.

The electoral roll of students and staff members who are entitled to vote is available in the following locations: Strømgaten 1, beside the reception area, Vaskerelven 8, outside the library, and C. Sundts gate 53, outside the offices on the third floor.

The deadline for nominating alternative candidates for the office of rector is 25 March. Nominations must be signed by at least five persons who are eligible to vote, and candidates must have give their written consent to the nomination. Nominations should be sent by email to the chair of the election committee, Vidar Lidtun. 

Published: 3/10/2014 by Astri Kamsvåg Updated: 3/19/2015 by admin