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Pilchuck Glass School

Pilchuck Glass School was founded in 1971 by glass artist Dale Chihuly and patrons Anne Gould Hauberg and John H. Hauberg. What began as a one-summer glassblowing workshop has grown into the world’s most comprehensive center for glass art education. The Artists-in-Residence Program serves artists of all career stages, with discipline-specific programs for visual artists working in a broad range of media as well as writers, art critics and curators.

Location

Stanwood, Washington: United States

Pilchuck Glass School began as a creative experiment by artists who wanted to work with glass while living as a community in a wilderness environment. This concept attracted more artists as it allowed freedom of expression, the place, and the time to experiment with glass. Today Pilchuck and its environs are an ideal setting for shared creative experiences, experimentation, reflection, inspiration, and learning. Buildings such as the lodge, studio buildings, and housing are all made of native materials in the Pacific Northwest architectural style known for responding to the environment. Studios are well-equipped for glassblowing, hot-glass sculpting, hot casting, kiln casting, coldworking, flameworking, neon, fusing, glass painting, stained glass, printmaking, woodworking, metalworking, and more. A small student gallery, school store, library, dining hall, artist’s studios, and offices are located near the studios surrounding the center of campus. Artist’s cabins, cottages, and dormitory are located a brief walk away from the studios along foot paths through woods and clearings. Residents can hike and be inspired on well established paths through the 15,000 acre Pilchuck Tree Farm surrounding the school, which also includes an occasional view of Puget Sound, its islands, and waterways.

Eligibility

  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Fall Emerging Artists-in-Residence Program supports artists who are making a transition in their professional lives. Whether moving from academia to a professional studio practice, taking up a new medium, or beginning a new body of work, artists find this independent residency ideal for contemplation, research, and experimentation. The program provides artists with a place and the time to develop an idea or project in glass, with the potential for realizing a new body of work.

    Spring John H. Hauberg Fellowship Residency was established to encourage collaboration among a group of outstanding artists. The artists who take part in this twelve-day residency foster collaboration and exchange within their self-defined group. Visual artists in all media as well as writers, poets, art critics, and curators who want an opportunity to work in proximity to one another for dialogue and exchange are encouraged to submit group proposals with a collaborative concept or theme that makes creative use of Pilchuck’s resources and surroundings.

  • Application deadline: October 28, January 07
  • Additional deadline info:
    Emerging Artists In Residence applications due January 7; John H. Hauberg Fellowship Residency applications due October 28

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Dale Chihuly, Italo Scanga, James Carpenter, Dan Dailey, Lino Tagliapietra, Bertil Vallien, Therman Statom, Stanislav Libensky, Toots Zynsky, Lynda Benglis, Jun Kaneko, Ginny Ruffner, Howard Ben Tre, William Morris, Dennis Oppenheim, Robin Winters, Judy Pfaff, William Wiley, James Drake, Roberto Juarez, Viola Frey, Nancy Graves, Ann Hamilton, Joyce Scott, Josiah McElheny, Lorna Simpson, Xu Bing, Judy Chicago, Fred Wilson, Maya Lin, Richard Marquis, Kiki Smith, Tavares Strachan, Bruce Mau, Rashaad Newsome, Catherine Chalmers, Nari Ward, Magalene Odundo, Alison Saar
"At Pilchuck I discovered how absolutely different glassblowing is from anything else I have encountered. From the intense exposure to fierce heat to the incredibly delicate way in which you must balance the molten glass, the process is an exercise in contrasts and extremes. Those dynamics are what make glass so exciting to be around... The opportunity to work at Pilchuck allowed me to push myself in new directions. Pilchuck itself has grown the way any artist evolves: you begin small, with a passion and some good technical skills, then you see where you can go... Knowing Pilchuck's international scope and reputation, I arrived expecting a high-powered art school environment. I was amazed to find the school's fundamental, down-to-earth funkiness; its low key, unegotistical approach to creativity; and it's strong sense of solitude and privacy. At Pilchuck the whole world opens up to the artist. The possibilities are endless... There is an energy at Pilchuck that is just charged and which can never disappear."
— Maya Lin
"Everyone at Pilchuck becomes a part of a lively and supportive community that encourages artistic collaboration and respects personal achievement. Almost everyone on campus is a practicing artist. Many come from around the world to teach, to learn, or to work at Pilchuck. They discover that the school’s experimental attitude, international character, and commitment to excellence are as strong as ever. Most important, they find at Pilchuck the personal growth they are seeking."
— James Baker

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house), Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: Some meals are provided
    For Hauberg Fellows only, all meals provided; vegetarian meals available. For Emerging Artists-in-Residence, residents responsible for own meals; excellent cooking/kitchen facilities provided.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
    Call or email registrar@pilchuck.com for details.
  • Studios/special equipment: Exhibition / Installation, Glass casting, Heavy metals / Blacksmithing, Printmaking, Sculpture, Woodworking
  • Additional studio information: 
    Top-notch well-maintained facilities. kiln-casting studio, glass printmaking studio, flat shop (neon, mosaic, stained glass, flameworking), and cold shop (engraving, sandblasting and finishing); limited metal shop; limited woodworking equipment; and vitreography studio (glass-plate printmaking).
  • Other facilities and services: Laundry facilities on-site; local transportation provided to and from regional airport and some weekend excursions. Smoking permitted outdoors.

Residency Fees

For all applicants: Application fee - $45.

Stipends / other support

Emerging Artists in Residence Program: Housing, facilities, program support and a stipend ;John H. Hauberg Residency Program: Housing, meals, facilities, and program support

Additional expectations / opportunities

Contact Information

240 2nd Avenue South #100
Seattle, Washington 98104
United States
Tel: 206 621-8422