Artist Opportunities

Current Calls for Artists


Lydon Emerging Artist Program

The 2019 LEAP application will open on October 1, 2018.
Deadline: December 31, 2018.

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 6 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


Summer Artist Residency

Rolling application.

Review residency details and submit your application materials online here.

Contemporary Craft’s Artist Residency is for artist working in craft mediums including, fiber, clay, metal, glass, found objects and wood (no photography, painting or prints). Artists-in-Residence are encouraged to develop their existing bodies of work, explore new processes and concepts, and seek instruction in entirely new techniques. CC’s resident artist program provides a unique opportunity for artists to work with an arts organization offering resources and instruction in a variety of media. The residency works with minimal structure, allowing artists to shape their time at CC to their own goals. Daily interaction with visitors is central to the residency experience, which takes place adjacent to our public lobby.

Residencies duration: Three months beginning in June or July.

Residency includes:
• Stationed work space in our cafe gallery
• Access to CC facilities and studio equipment
• Stipend may be provided depends on the scope of the residency
• One free class registration (material fees might apply) at Contemporary Craft’s workshops
• Opportunities to teach at CC’s education center (depends on the workshop planning schedule)
• Opportunities to have work considered for sale in The Store at Contemporary Craft

Residency does not include:
• Housing or food
• Travel costs
• Material costs

For questions related to the residency program, please contact Yu-San Cheng at finance@contemporarycraft.org.


Studio Apprenticeship

The application period for 2018 Studio Apprenticeship has ended.

Review and download the application here.

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
exhibitions@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
exhibitions@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/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.