Opportunities for Artists

WheatonArts offers a variety of opportunities for artists throughout the year! Opportunities include the international Creative Glass Fellowship Program, paid Glass Studio Summer Internships, special event exhibit booths, Glass Studio rentals, and more. Find descriptions, deadlines, and application links to our current list of artist opportunities below.

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Festival of Fine Craft, October 5 & 6, 2024

Held annually during the first full weekend of October

The Festival of Fine Craft, celebrating 25th years in 2024, is our premier annual event and one of the most highly-rated shows in the Mid-Atlantic region. Named one of Sunshine Artist’s 200 Best in 2018, 2019, 2022, & 2023, this campus-wide event continues to grow in attendance (10,000+ visitors annually), programming, and quality overall.

Approximately 150 exhibitors, ranging from new & emerging artists to masters in their mediums, are carefully selected by a jury of WheatonArts professionals and experienced staff artists. We take pride in maintaining an artist-friendly show with a high standard of quality and a balance of mediums, styles, and techniques.

WheatonArts provides convenient day-before setup, overnight security, booth sitters, and unequaled hospitality throughout the show. Lodging at reduced rates is offered to exhibitors at some nearby hotels. Open Studios, craft demonstrations, live music, exceptional food, and a variety of interactive activities add to the excitement, making the festival both entertaining and educational.

Our comprehensive marketing plan includes extensive print, radio, and electronic media campaigns, full-color publicity, and year-long promotion through our other events and outreach programs.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2024 Midnight EST

Festival of Fine Craft 2024 Prospectus
Click Here for the Festival of Fine Craft Artist Inquiry Form
Click here to visit the Festival of Fine Craft page

interior Glass Studio at WheatonArts

Creative Glass Fellowship Applications

WheatonArts offers 6-week long Creative Glass Fellowships, available April through November

This is an exceptional opportunity for artists to utilize one of the finest facilities of the glass medium, known internationally. During their Fellowships, artists join a creative community that offers private studios, stipends, technical assistance, comfortable housing, and institutional support. They are embraced by dedicated staff on a beautiful 45-acre campus, a true creative sanctuary. To learn more about the Creative Glass Fellowship Program at WheatonArts, click here. 

Application Deadline: September 20, 2024 Midnight EST

Pamela Cummings Booth

More Vendor Opportunities 

WheatonArts hosts several smaller events throughout the year, ranging in attendance from 2,000 to 4,000 people. Booth spaces are available to artists to sell and demonstrate their handmade crafts.

ECO Fair: This free, outdoor Family Day event is inspired by natural and artful living, produced in partnership with the Authority of Cumberland County. We invite New Jersey artists and craftspeople to sell their handcrafted items during ECO Fair. We also invite local Nurseries, Garden Clubs, Greenhouses, Farm Products and Produce Merchants, Environmental and Non-Profit Organizations to apply for a booth during the event. Please refer to the application for additional information.

Application Deadline: April 8, 2024 Midnight EST

Fantasy FaireWheatonArts partners with Mystic Realms, Ltd.® for this annual outdoor event featuring talented performers bringing to life the “Kingdom of Wheaton” by enacting a series of interconnected shows. Strolling costumed characters portraying historical and mythical figures interact with each other and visitors throughout the campus. We hope you want to participate in this magical and fun weekend! Merchants and vendors selling medieval, fantasy, and renaissance-related items of all kinds are welcome to apply.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2024 Midnight EST

Grace Whiteside, a glass worker, is renting out the glass studio space & equipment. They are wearing a safety helmet while holding a large spoon-like tool used to manipulate hot glass. There is bright hot glass pouring out of the tool.

Glass Studio Rentals

WheatonArts offers qualified glassblowers who are of intermediate ability or better to rent space and large equipment needs in the Glass Studio. All Glass Studio rentals must be booked in advance. To book, please contact the Glass Studio Coordinator at kmurphy@wheatonarts.org or 856.825.6800, ext. 135. First-time renters, please provide a brief history of your glassmaking experience.

  • Reheating Chamber rental includes approximately 10 lbs of glass per hour. There will be an $8.00 charge for each additional pound per hour, including moyle and scrap glass. There is a 3-hour minimum for reheating chamber rental, and all usage takes place between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Hot shop rentals include the use of one reheating chamber, clear glass (up to 10 lbs), and pipewarmer. Annealing cycles will be billed by day, prices listed above. Pipes/punties, hand tools, gloves, and paddles are not provided to renters.
  • Rentals, where glass volume is an issue, will be priced on an individual basis. Special projects will be considered and priced individually as well.
  • Prices are subject to change without notice. All rentals are per hour or per day. Rentals will be scheduled during the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No half-hour portions.
  • Renters are expected to allot time for cleaning in their rental space. Failure to clean up during your rental time will result in a $40 cleaning fee. All rental bills must be paid in full upon receipt of the invoice.
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Opportunities for Teaching Artists 

We are excited to collaborate with creative minds like yours to enrich our educational programs! Whether you’re passionate about teaching a class focused on a medium you love, engaging with school groups, or leading intergenerational family workshops, there’s a place for you here. To learn more about options for engagement, click here.

Image of a blue and white frit ornament being created in the WheatonArts Glass Studio. The image is a close up of the ornament resting a short, wide, and black cylindrical stand with white cloth at the top. There are various glass sculpting tools resting around the stand on top of the bench that the stand is on. A member of the WheatonArts Glass Studio team is adding the hook holder at the top of the ornament by pouring and shaping orange hot glass with a metal rod and pliers. One hand is pulling the hot glass away from the ornament and the other is squeezing the pliers to shape the hot glass into a hook.

Glass Studio Summer Internship

WheatonArts is excited to announce a two-month summer internship in our Glass Studio. Designed for emerging artists pursuing or having recently completed an undergraduate degree in glass, this competitive internship provides professional experience in a museum setting. Interns can be expected to assist with WheatonArts studio production, public classes, and studio technician classes, averaging 25-30 hours per week. To learn more about the Glass Studio Summer Internship, click here. 

Internship Session Dates: July 15 – August 23, 2024
Application Deadline: March 1, 2024