PGC Artist Residencies
Pittsburgh Glass Center offers several residency tracks that provide direct artist support. This backing may include a stipend, travel expenses, and/or accommodations and allows artists time to hone their skills, create new work, or develop pieces for an exhibition at PGC or elsewhere.
While residencies help artists realize their particular vision, they also enrich PGC’s culture and what it brings to the larger Pittsburgh community. Visiting school groups, casual tourists, and participants in community-centered programs all benefit, as they come to PGC to learn more about the city’s glass history, the American studio glass movement, and individual artists’ work.
The exhibitions that result from our residency programs as well as the residencies themselves spark vibrant conversations that advance our mission of education and outreach.
PGC offers free public events in which our resident artists participate. These include lectures, workshops, and our monthly “Hot Jams.” In addition, there are opportunities for resident artists to work with both our high school and college students to help them develop a greater understanding of the process that artists go through to create a new body of work.
Anyone over the age of 18, working in any media and from anywhere in the world is welcome to apply for a PGC residency.
We have a rolling deadline, so you can apply at any time.
Because the application deadline is rolling, sometimes when you apply, a group has just been juried, and your application will have to wait until the next round. If that is the case, it may be several months until you hear back from us. If you get your application in right before a jury convenes, it might be as quickly as a few weeks.
Our residency program is usually booked about 8–12 months in advance.
Short answer: it depends. Determining factors include how many great applications we get, how long each residency is, and what other things we have going on in the studios. Some years, we may have as many as 6 artists in residence, other years only 1.
Again, it depends. How much time do you realistically need to complete your project? Generally, our residencies last between 2 and 16 weeks, but we have hosted artists for as few as 3 days and for as long as 6 months.
PGC offers free access to our world-class studios [link to studios page here]; basic supplies, like clear glass, plaster, grit, etc.; housing in our artist house, next door to PGC; and a $500 travel stipend.