Heather McElwee is Executive Director of Pittsburgh Glass Center where she has worked since 2001, overseeing educational programming, exhibitions, fundraising and strategic direction for the organization. She has curated numerous shows in PGC’s Hodge Gallery including “Lifeforms”, “Pittsburgh Biennial” and “Turned On: Lighting Hooks Up with Sculpture”. Her own artwork is an investigation of the relationship of vessel to architecture, and has been shown in galleries across the country.
Heather has a BFA in glass and a Masters degree in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Heather has been interested in the artists’ role in creative placemaking since she moved to Pittsburgh in 2001. She serves on the board of The Brew House Association whose mission is to provide artists with the support needed to foster invention, creation, & collaboration, & encourage the pursuit of artistic excellence. She is a current board member of the international Glass Art Society.