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GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

Emerging Program member

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts will offer three residencies in the summer of 2018 to outstanding visual artists who will spend 10-weeks on our campus developing a project/body of work. The Summer Artist-In-Residence Program was created to infuse new, creative energy to the GoggleWorks community with an emphasis on facilitating cross-disciplinary experimentation. The residency provides personal studio space, access to GoggleWorks' seven communal studios (ceramics, warm glass, hot glass, photography, printmaking, metalsmithing, and wood) and a culminating exhibition showcasing the residents' work.

Applicants can choose to submit a project-based application or portfolio-based application. Selection of residents is highly competitive and based on the strength of the applicant's project proposal and/or quality of work and experience. Residents should be self-motivated and enthusiastic, dedicated to their artwork, and enjoy working with other people in a communal studio setting. M.F.A. or equivalent experience is strongly preferred.

To view applications and apply, visit:


Reading: United States

A prime example of adaptive reuse in architecture, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts derives its name from the original structure from which it evolved—the Willson Goggle Factory, which opened in 1871 as the first factory in the U.S. to manufacture optical lenses. After a year-long renovation, and with generous support from the community and state goverment, the abandoned factory was transformed and one of the largest comprehensive arts centers of its kind in the country opened in 2005. Today, GoggleWorks supports aspiring, emerging, and established artists through year round arts education; including workshops, classes, visiting artists, residencies, summer camps, studio access, and exhibitions. Additionally, GoggleWorks offers a robust schedule of community programs and special events; including Arts Festival Reading, Spring Iron Pour, monthly Spotlight Nights, and our After School Arts Program. The campus is open to the public daily from 9am-9pm. Admission and parking are always free.

Contact Information

201 Washington Street
Reading, 19601
United States