Making a Difference

Making a Difference

Pittsburgh Glass Center is known as one of the top public access glass art facilities in the world. Experienced glass artists from around the world consistently praise PGC for our state-of-the-art studios and talented, accommodating staff. Our visitors and students continue to engage and take classes because they have a great experience with our staff, instructors and studios. 

We could not do what we do without the support of people like you. 

Approximately half of our operations are funded through earned revenue, while the other half is made possible through the generosity of donors who believe in our mission and our work. Below are just a few examples of what your support has made possible.

Since opening in 2001, our state-of-the-art facility and talented staff and instructors have attracted:

  • More than 325,000 people to view our exhibitions, take classes or workshops, or rent our studios and equipment
  • Over 2,500 teen students to learn about the science and art of glass, with graduates of our SiO2 program receiving art scholarships at colleges such as Alfred University, Carnegie Mellon University, College for Creative Studies, Rhode Island School of Design, and Tyler School of Art
  • Over 100 artists-in-residence, including artists such as Lino Tagliapietra, Therman Statom, John Miller, Nancy Callan, Kathy Gray, and Eunsuh Choi, to work and teach in our studios 
  • 45 glass artists to relocate to Pittsburgh, making it the fastest-growing glass art community
  • More than 40 tech apprentices to complete training at PGC, of whom over half have stayed in Pittsburgh and several have received honors such as a Fulbright Scholarship and Alloy Pgh residency

PGC in Review

Learn about some of our proudest moments last year, including our best fall session ever and collaborations with Fallingwater, Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. 


Ron Desmett Award

The Ron Desmett Memorial Award for Imagination with Glass is for artists who think outside the box, practice curiosity, and take risks to create unique, imaginative works that are either entirely glass or that incorporate glass.

Ron Desmett was an artist who eschewed conventions, promoted idea over technique, and ultimately posed the question: "Is this work truly ‘me’?" Through experimentation and innovation, he developed his own autobiography in glass.


Latest News

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