PGC's Year in Review
1) Energized End of Year Appeal
Insight gained from the Achieve Cohort transformed our end of year fundraising. Twenty-nine new donors helped us reach an all time high of $18,120, a 116% increase from last year alone. A generous matching grant from The Benter Foundation pushed the year end total to nearly $30,000.
2) All Grown Up
We are so proud of our young students. Emma Huckestein came to PGC for her first glass experience at age five. This year she is attending Centre College to study glassblowing and chemistry. She wants to develop her own line of glass by recreating the ancient colors used by the Egyptians and Mesopotamians.
3) More Scholarship Students
This year we offered more scholarships than ever. We offered scholarships for our 8-week classes for the first time and also offered the first scholarships for people of color and veterans. This summer, 12 full scholarships were awarded to people of color.
4) Most Colorful Mural on Penn Avenue
We completed our community mural on Penn Avenue with Therman Statom and the help of local artists Boris Balsindes-Urquiola, Christine Bethea, Takara Canty, Darnell Chambers, Naomi Chambers, Kai Devenitch, Charlotte Ka, D.S. Kinsel, E. Ali Reynolds, Errol “mobutu” Reynolds and Bill Satterwhite.
5) Everyone is Happy at the Holiday Sale
There were glassy gifts for everyone this year at the Holiday Glass Sale. It was the best year ever. Our local artists sold over $23,000 in handmade items over the three-day weekend in December.
6) Pittsburgh Artists Invited to Teach
Ashley McFarland and Jason Forck, two PGC staff members, were invited as teaching assistants at glass schools outside of Pittsburgh. Ashley taught with Therman Statom at Pilchuck Glass School and Jason Forck was an instructor at Corning with Nick Mount.
7) Two Evolve into One
Local artists Seth Clark and Jason Forck came together for the first time to present an exhibition referred to by many as “one of the PGC’s best exhibitions.” Entitled Dissolution, it is the result of our Idea Furnace residency program that connects nonglass artists with glass artists and encourages exploration in other art forms.
8) Master of Murrini at PGC
Dick Marquis, the best murrini maker in the U.S., and influential glass artists Dante Marioni and Nick Mount spent a week at PGC for Art on Fire. Aside from helping us have another successful auction, they each had the opportunity to work and experiment in the studio and went home with many ideas for new work.
9) The Young and the Curious
The pipeline is full of young energetic glass artists. For the first time our middle school program “Mixed and Mashed Up” was full this year with a wait list.
10) Facelift for Clarendon
Our artist house Clarendon was given a complete renovation inside and out this year including new appliances, counters, cabinets and floors plus updated bathrooms and back yard. The updates were very much appreciated by our visiting artists Dick Marquis, Dante Marioni and Nick Mount as well as our tech apprentices who live there year round.