the Creative Glass Center of America (CGCA)
The CGCA offers fellowships to artists working in glass and has serviced glass artists and the arts community for over thirty years. Over 300 professional and emerging artists have been recipients of CGCA fellowships, representing artists from throughout the United States and 26 foreign countries. The CGCA continues to award fellowships each year, and artists are encouraged to use their fellowships to develop and refine their work, while experimenting with both traditional and innovative glassmaking processes.
The CGCA Fellowship Program provides 24-hour studio facilities, technical resources, housing and a stipend; allowing artists the opportunity to spend a concentrated period of time devoted exclusively to their work. Many emerging artists have used the Fellowships as a stepping-stone to a successful career. For mid-career artists, it offers an opportunity to redefine direction and renew creative energy. The collaboration and exchange of ideas among the Fellows enhances a productive climate, supporting the discovery of new vision and resources for each.
Other CGCA programs include GlassWeekend (a biennial symposium and exhibition of contemporary glass); slide lectures; and special educational outreach programs. A “Critic-in-Residence Program,” provides additional support for the artists, generating meaningful inquiry and discussion about their work. All activities elevate the educational interpretation of contemporary glass to a broad audience.