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.
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.
The 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. It 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 Center is located in an area rich in glassmaking history (Millville, New Jersey) and is within driving distance to New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.
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