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.
The most common reason for rejections of applications is the simple fact that they are incomplete!
What makes a good residency application?
When the programming committee reviews residency applications they are looking at the written components as well as the images included. Here are a few things to consider for the written sections and the images:
The written components are broken into 3 sections, artist statement, project description, and bio:
- Artist Statement: Explain your artwork and how it relates to this residency. In a paragraph or two try and describe what is important to you in making your work, some insight into your decision making process and how this residency proposal fits into that narrative. A couple of questions the committee always contemplates when viewing artist residency applications are: Why PGC? And Why Now?
- Project Description: Please explain what you plan to do and what you hope to achieve. Be clear and consider addressing what studios you will work in, the amount of time needed for the project, how much help you need achieving the project and any other relevant details. This is an opportunity for you to lay out how you see this residency working. Try to think through as much detail as you can to provide the committee with. If you are familiar with glass, outlining how long in separate studios you are proposing, how many assistants and for how many days, any supply needs that you would want covered. If you are unfamiliar with working with glass, try and detail any related experience(such as mold making in other materials) and where you would need technical assistance. This scope will help the committee not only get a sense of the resources that will be needed to facilitate the residency but also of how this could fit into or impact PGC’s day to day schedule.
- Biography: Include a paragraph of text about yourself and your experience. This is a chance to talk about yourself and your experience as an artist/craftsperson. What got you interested/started into making, where you are and where you hope to be in the future.
- Include 10 images! Include a few detail shots of your best works if you’re not sure if you have enough separate pieces you want to include. If you are not submitting glass, include images of your other artworks.
- Include images of sketches, renderings, plans of what you will be doing during your residency. The more visual information you can supply to help support your written project description the better.
- The images do not all have to be related to the type of work you plan to do in your residency. We would prefer to see you demonstrate your work as an artist/ craftsperson at your highest level, regardless of technique.
- Do the best you can with the images themselves, we understand that not everyone can afford to have their work professionally photographed. Some things to consider when shooting your photos: LIGHT!! Make sure there is good light, outside can be a great option for getting enough light. Clarity, make sure you have the image or the detail of the image in focus. Background, using a neutral or white background can really help distinguish the colors.
- Make sure to add text to give the photos context related to title, materials used, date, and scale.
- If you have tried multiple times to upload photos and are struggling with the upload requirements, you can also email your images to firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.