Artist Opportunities

Current Calls for Artists


Food Justice: Growing a Healthier Community through Art – Call for Entries

Extended Deadline: April 15, 2019.

Call for Entries Overview | Online Application Link

Exhibition Date: September 2020 – March 2021

CC is currently seeking artists whose work reflects an interest in topics related to food justice, public policy advocacy, farming and gardening, race and class awareness, access, and nutrition education.

Food security is among the most basic of human needs, but contemporary issues preventing equitable access to food are extremely complex. Economic inequality and structural racism, corporate agricultural practices, food waste, climate change, and domestic and geopolitics are among the many factors that contribute to the growing disparity in the distribution of food resources across the US and around the globe. 521,750 Pennsylvania children and nearly 1 in 7 of our neighbors in Pittsburgh’s Allegheny County are “food insecure,” lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

Food Justice: Growing a Healthier Community through Art, and related interpretive programming, will convey personal stories and experiences to demonstrate the local and world-wide impact food justice has on individuals and society, and how the arts can guide thoughtful conversation on the topic.

If you have additional questions, please contact Kate Lydon at klydon@contemporarycraft.org


Lydon Emerging Artist Program

The 2019 LEAP application deadline: December 31, 2018.

LEAP Application submission link
LEAP Overview | LEAP Poster | LEAP Information Sheet

The LEAP Award was established in 2007 in honor of Contemporary Craft Director of Exhibitions Kate Lydon’s 20-years of service. The program recognizes exceptional emerging talent in the contemporary craft field and provides opportunities for these early career artists to bring their artwork to the consumer market. The yearlong retail program features, markets and sells the work of one winner, who also receives a $1,000 prize, and 4 finalists.

LEAP is open to exceptionally talented graduate students and/or emerging artists who are beginning to receive recognition for their work, but are not currently represented by well-established galleries. Artists must work in craft media: ceramics, wood, metal/jewelry, glass, found materials, mixed media, fiber or a combination of these materials.

For more information, please contact Susan Hillman/Jim Ebbert at storemanager@contemporarycraft.org


Studio Apprenticeship

We will pause on accepting applications for 2019 Studio Apprenticeship due preparation to move to our new home. Please check back for 2020 Studio Apprenticeship opportunity on November/December 2019. 

Contemporary Craft offers a paid, yearlong studio apprenticeship to an emerging craft artist seeking to develop professional skills working with one of the nation’s only non-profits focusing exclusively on creation, exhibition, and education across all contemporary craft media. Contemporary Craft focuses on engaging the public in the creative experience through contemporary craft. This opportunity will provide the apprentice with real-world experience working in a professional arts education facility, while providing opportunities to work alongside nationally and internationally recognized artists.

Studio Apprentices

2018 Alyssa Rodibaugh
2016 Jhenny Adams
2015 Amy Masters
2014 Jenny Soracco
2013 Samantha Skelton
2012 Sarah Loch-Test

Contemporary Craft does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, handicap/disability, or veteran’s status. Further, Contemporary Craft will continue to take affirmative steps to support and advance these values consistent with our mission.


Main Gallery

Exhibitions are scheduled one to two years in advance and are thematic or media specific. Most are invitational, however there are some juried opportunities available.

Artists who would like to be considered for future exhibitions should send six slides or digital images, an artist statement, resume and support materials to:

Kate Lydon, Director of Exhibitions
Contemporary Craft
2100 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412.261.7003 x 15
klydon@contemporarycraft.org


BNY Mellon Center, Satellite Gallery

Exhibitions at SCC’s BNY Mellon Center Satellite Gallery are scheduled one to two years in advance and are thematic or media specific. Most are invitational, however there are some juried opportunities available.

Artists who would like to be considered for future exhibitions should send six slides or digital images, an artist statement, resume and support materials to:

Kate Lydon, Director of Exhibitions
Contemporary Craft
2100 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412.261.7003 x 15
klydon@contemporarycraft.org


The Store

As The Store’s reputation for featuring unique work by nationally recognized craft artists has grown, we have become increasingly selective about the artists whose work we choose to feature. Artists interested in representation in The Store should download the our guide to submissions here. Please contact our Store manager for additional information:

Susan Hillman and Jim Ebbert
Contemporary Craft
2100 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412.261.7003 x 16
storemanager@contemporarycraft.org


The Studio

Artist Instructors

The Studio offers three semesters annually of day, evening and weekend classes in contemporary and traditional craft media for adults and teens. Our instructors include university professors, internationally known visiting artists, and production studio craftsmen. The Studio’s primary focus on distinctive offerings developed around four key themes: urban experience, artist and process, art and the environment, and crossing cultural boundaries deepens the organization’s craft niche, and strengthens ties to our exhibitions of work by national and international artists for a complete educational experience.

Artist instructors interested in sharing their enthusiasm and expertise with students in The Studio are asked to provide a class proposal, samples of your work, and references. Instructors must possess excellent organizational, communication, and teaching skills.

For more information or to submit materials please contact the Education Department at 412.261.7003 x 25 or email thestudio@contemporarycraft.org.