Visual arts seeks nude models

Courtney Dickson, Roving Editor Ω

The visual arts department at TRU recently posted an ad for a racy career opportunity.

Lloyd Bennett, chair of the visual and performing arts department, used to find male models at the gym. Three years ago, human resources made the visual arts department post job opportunities formally on the school’s website.

“Last year, faculty had a list of five to seven models to choose from. This year when an instructor needed a model, we had no one,” Bennett said.

Following an interview on CBC Radio regarding nude models, more people came looking for work.

Though the job posting indicates applicants should have at least three months of related experience, Bennett said anyone interested in modelling should “simply be personable.”

Models are not expected to be nude. Bennett has purchased costumes and allowed men he met at the gym to wear shorts.

Models pose for as little as five seconds, but could be there for up to three hours. Models are provided breaks and the department will bring in a heater if the model is chilly.

“Models are very important and well-respected by artists,” Bennett said. “It is an honourable profession.”

Drawing or painting nude models is considered basic training for visual arts students. Having a variety of body-types to choose from is important.

As far as Bennett is aware, no student has ever refused to draw someone nude. If this became an issue, faculty would accommodate the student’s wish.

Kate Beauchamp is a TRU alumni and a nude model for the visual arts department. She applied for the position when her mother came across a job posting and suggested that it would be a good way for Beauchamp to earn some extra money.

She applied to model last year, however, this is the first semester she has been specially requested by faculty to fill the role as a model on multiple occasions.

“It isn’t a complicated job, but it can be challenging to stay still for so long,” Beauchamp said. “It’s a neat experience.”

Beauchamp said she chose to apply to model because she wanted to try something that would “push the envelope.”

“North America is still closed minded towards nudity,” Beauchamp said.

Many of the models are former arts students, according to Bennett.

“People who have backgrounds of drawing nude models are used to it.”

Bennett asked that those interested apply through career opportunities on the TRU website.