Artist Opportunities

Current Calls for Artists

Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize Exhibition

The 2017 Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize competition is open to all artists working in found materials. Emerging artists are especially encouraged to apply.

The 2017 application deadline is June 9th, 2017.

Click here to view the prospectus.

Click here to apply online.

In 1997, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Contemporary Craft, a $5,000 prize for excellence in the field of contemporary craft was established. The biennial award is given in conjunction with a catalogue, video piece and juried exhibition in the gallery. This opportunity is funded by the daughters of Elizabeth R. Raphael, the founder of Contemporary Craft and a nationally known figure in the contemporary art scene for many decades. Each year a different craft material is chosen to define the exhibition. The overall theme for each iteration is “Transformation.”

Questions? Read some Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information please contact Kate Lydon at exhibitions@contemporarycraft.org.


Lydon Emerging Artist Program

Call for artists begins July 1, 2017.

The 2018 deadline is September 30, 2017. 

Review and download the application guideline 2018 LEAP Info Sheet

Click here to apply online.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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. Brigitte Martin, who is the creator and Editor-in-Chief of Crafthaus, will be the guest juror for LEAP 2018.

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 at shillman@contemporarycraft.org


 Studio Apprenticeship

The deadline for 2017-2018 is to be announced.

Contemporary Craft offers a yearlong studio apprenticeship to an emerging craft artist seeking to develop professional skills working with one the nation’s only non-profits focusing exclusively on creation, exhibition, and education across all contemporary craft media.

 


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, Retail Sales Manager
Contemporary Craft
2100 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412.261.7003 x 16
shillman@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.