Fellowship Program History & Info

Creative Glass Fellowship Program

Since 1983, the Creative Glass Fellowship Program at WheatonArts, formerly known as the Creative Glass Center of America, has awarded artists the resources to develop and refine their work while experimenting with traditional and innovative processes involving glass as a medium.

The program currently offers 6-week residencies. Fellowship residencies are open April through November with Spring, Summer, and Fall sessions. Artists are required to submit proposals. Proposals may include:

  • Collaborative projects
  • Projects with performance-based work
  • Short-term exhibits/installations
  • The use of the Museum of American Glass resources

Due to the anticipated range of proposals, exact session dates are determined after the peer-review jury concludes, with projects and residencies carefully aligned to meet our Glass Studio and housing capacities. Residencies are selected with a preference for self-sufficient artists/teams and the public benefit offered.

We celebrate, support, and value a diverse community. 
We celebrate, support, and value a diverse community. We are committed to creating an inclusive and safe environment. We strongly encourage women, BIPOC individuals, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnically diverse populations, and foreign-born residents to apply. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of their race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, or medical condition.

Former Fellows are welcome to reapply for residencies three years from the year they last resided as a Creative Glass Fellow. The application is simple, and the peer-review jury process is exceedingly sensitive and fair.
There is no fee to apply.

The Selection Process
WheatonArts is committed to the practice of an artist peer-review process when selecting fellowship recipients. Applications are generally due in the early fall; the due date is announced with each year’s application posting. 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 Glass Studio
Housed in an 11,000 sq. ft. replica of the original T.C. Wheaton Glass Factory, the Glass Studio is designed to accommodate various glassmaking techniques. The Studio contains a plaster mold-making area and individual studio spaces for resident Fellows. The facility includes many annealing ovens; each is built specifically for blowing, casting, or kiln forming.

During their Fellowships, artists use 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, a private studio, 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.

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