Fellowship Program

Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship Program

For over 30 years, the Creative Glass Center of America at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center has awarded fellowships to artists, providing resources for them to develop and refine their work, while experimenting with both traditional and innovative processes involving glass as a medium.

In response to the changing needs of artists due to continued economic uncertainty and the increasing difficulty of leaving jobs, families and studios, in 2015 the CGCA restructured a portion of the year to accommodate flexible, short-term and project-based residencies. This shift also responds, in part, to the strategic goal of WheatonArts to better serve artists while more fully integrating their activity with the visitor experience.

Up to four traditional three-month fellowships will be awarded for the Spring. During the remainder of the year, CGCA will work to accommodate artists’ needs with custom fellowships of various lengths and flexible schedules. In addition to the three-month session, artists are encouraged to submit proposals ranging from standard six-week residencies (up to three to be awarded), to intermittent residencies (scheduled repeat visits), to short-term project support. Applicants are also encouraged to submit projects that include performance based work, short-term exhibits/ installations and use of the Museum of American Glass resources.

Due to the anticipated range of proposals, other than the Spring session, exact session dates will not be determined until after the peer-review jury concludes and projects/residencies are carefully aligned with studio and housing capacity. Short-term project-based residencies will be selected with preference for self-sufficient artists/teams and the public benefit offered.

The program is outstanding and unparalleled, providing over 355 Fellowships over the last 30 years.

During their Fellowships, artists have the use of private studios and excellent facilities within a respectful sanctuary of concentrated time. This is an exceptional opportunity for artists to utilize one of the finest facilities of the glass medium, known internationally. Not only do artists get exceptional access to these facilities and various process mediums, but they also receive stipends, the use of private studios, technical assistance, comfortable housing and institutional support. In addition, they are embraced by a dedicated and warm staff, all on a beautiful 45+ acre campus that is truly a creative sanctuary.

The application is simple and the peer-review jury process exceedingly sensitive and fair. Ten CGCA fellowships are awarded per year and the there is no charge for the application fee.

The Creative Glass Center of America (CGCA) was founded in 1983 by a group of artists, educators and gallery directors who became sensitive to the particular needs and financial burdens facing glass artists. For the past 30 years, over 300 Fellowships have been awarded to artists from around the world, allowing them the opportunity to focus on the development of their artwork. Today, the CGCA Fellowship Program remains the only one of its kind in the U.S. providing emerging and mid-career artists unrestricted access to the facilities and materials necessary for blown, cast and kiln formed glass.

The CGCA Fellowship Program is a professional level program providing focused and self-directed artists working in glass with a concentrated period of time to work alongside their peers.

CGCA is housed at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville, New Jersey, an East Coast center dedicated to the continuum of glassmaking in America. The Center is located in an area rich in glassmaking history and is within driving distance to New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.