Program Description

Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship Application

For over thirty 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 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 3-month fellowships will be awarded for the Spring of 2016. 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 3-month residency, artists are encouraged to submit proposals ranging from standard six-week residencies (up to 3 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 Selection Process

The CGCA is committed to the practice of an artist peer review process when selecting fellowship recipients. Applications are generally due mid-fall; the due date will be announced with the posting of each year’s application. Past jurors have included James Harmon, Karen LaMonte, John Miller, Deborah Czeresko, Joel Philip Myers, Michael Schunke, Beth Lipman, Erica Rosenfeld, Jocelyne Prince, Alex Rosenberg and Megan Biddle.

The Studio

The CGCA studio is housed in a 3000 sq. ft. replica of the original T.C. Wheaton Glass Factory, and is designed to accommodate a wide variety of glass making techniques. The studio contains a plaster mold-making area and individual studio spaces for Fellows. The facility includes a large number of annealing ovens; each is built specifically for blowing, casting or kiln forming.

The Creative Glass Center of America at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center has awarded fellowships to artists working in glass for over thirty years. Artists are encouraged to use their fellowships to develop and refine their work, while experimenting with both traditional and innovative glassmaking processes. In response to the changing needs of artists due to the economy and the increasing difficulty of leaving jobs, families and studios, in 2015 the CGCA will restructure 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 more fully integrate artist activity with the visitor experience.

Up to four traditional 3-month fellowships will be awarded for the Spring of 2016. During the remainder of the year, CGCA will work to accommodate custom fellowship residencies of shorter duration.

Proposals to be considered in 2016, will range from standard six-week residencies (up to 3), to intermittent residencies (scheduled repeat visits), to short-term project support. In addition to traditional residencies, 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 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 Fellowships scheduled for Spring 2016 will be available to artists who have never been awarded a CGCA Fellowship in the past. Former Fellows are welcome to apply for short-term and/or project-based residencies three years from the year they resided as a CGCA Fellow.

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