Pittsburgh Glass Center stands with the Black community in demanding justice and change. We will continue to amplify the voices and ideas that will lead us to a more equitable society.
(via Allegheny County) County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today proclaimed May 11–17 as “Arts & Culture #All412gether Week” in Allegheny County. The proclamation and designation recognize the vibrant arts and culture community and their commitment to our region’s civic life, health and well-being by working together to innovate and provide creative engagement and educational resources for our community, at home.
Mosaics as an art form have been around for thousands of years. Making a mosaic is a fun and easy at home activity. All you need are tiny parts like colorful paper, bits of ceramics, or glass; glue; and something to decorate. Anyone of any age or ability can make a mosaic and almost anything can be mosaiced. Recycle something from around the home like a yogurt cup, flower pot, empty wine bottle, pickle jar, piece of wood, or even an old bowling ball.
Access to our facility is limited due to the COVID-19 health crisis, so we're bringing our latest exhibition, Silica Valley, to you at home! Look inside for virtual tours, interviews, and educational activities that will help you get the best of this exhibition exploring the impact of current technologies on one of art's oldest mediums.
During their residency at PGC in preparation for the Silica Valley exhibition, artists Jenn Figg and Matthew McCormack encountered successes such as figuring out the context of their work, but they also experienced failures with some of their technical experiments. Challenges pop up frequently when artists create new work. On one hand, they frustrated Jenn and Matthew; however, on the other hand, they inspired them and gave them opportunities to solve problems that no one ever had attempted.
“It’s a huge experiment for us. We’re taking extreme risks with the material,” Jenn said. Matthew said, “Failure is important, and it’s an intrinsic part of artistic growth. If we don’t allow ourselves to fail, we won’t experience success.”
John Sharvin, glass artist and curator of PGC's latest exhibition, Silica Valley, tells us the story behind his first curatorial experience from ideation to installation.
February 7 marks the opening of Monmade’s fourth annual design exhibition, Clearly New, its third held in Pittsburgh Glass Center's Hodge Gallery. Following tradition, the exhibition showcases regionally handmade and manufactured products. In 2020, Clearly New debuts Monmade’s refreshed catalog featuring standardized designs balancing form, function, and sustainability. Glassware products from Broken Plates, Camp Copeland, PGC's Penn + Fairmount, and Salvadore Alane will be exhibited.
This past October, Percy Echols II, Pittsburgh Glass Center’s resident plasma and neon expert, traveled to The Glass Factory in Sweden and The Plasma Art Alliance in Boston to meet and share knowledge with other plasma artists from across the globe. All this was made possible by an award from Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh, a joint program of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.
Jaime Guerrero’s solo exhibition, Cuando El Río Suena, opens this Friday, October 4, bringing to life the experiences of migrants and refugees and the struggles they face crossing the southern border of the United States. The exhibition will feature over a dozen intricate glass sculptures of children who made this perilous journey, along with environmental installations and audiovisuals to transport the atmosphere of the border into the gallery.
Our 5-day intensive glass art courses for Winter and Spring 2020 are now open for registration! Join us January 6–10 or March 9–13 for classes with Dan Friday, Kit Paulson, Amanda Simmons, Paul Messink, Jack Gramann, and Tatyana Boyarinova.
Pittsburgh Glass Center is "brewing" up an exciting partnership with the Pittsburgh chapter of the Pink Boots Society, an organization that assists, inspires, and encourages women beer professionals. Join us for Hot Glass, Cold Beer, Pink Boots, a special beer release bash and fundraiser at PGC, on Friday, July 26. Proceeds benefit Pink Boots for continued education for their members.
PGC's executive director Heather McElwee attended an exclusive leadership training program at Hult Business School in Berkhamsted, England thanks to funding from The Benter Foundation through the Benter Vision Awards.
Fourteen passionate and enthusiastic glass lovers from Pittsburgh flew to Seattle for a whirlwind tour of glass. It was truly an unforgettable experience—PGC was able to get access to some of the most celebrated glass-related venues in the city!
Apply by May 31 to be considered for these two exciting opportunities for glass artists—the Ron Desmett Memorial Award for Imagination with Glass, and a call for artists for a 2020 exhibition in our Hodge Gallery, "The United."
The Veteran Scholarship Program at Pittsburgh Glass Center grants a limited number of full tuition scholarships to active and retired military personnel for our classes and workshops. Scholarships enable individuals to work in a challenging medium that will stretch them artistically and personally as they learn the fundamental principles of glass art and the creative process.
Our acclaimed Summer Intensive courses for 2019 are filling fast, and prices go up on April 15! Don't miss your chance to save $50 and learn one-on-one from celebrated glass artists from around the globe.