6 - 8 weeks
Paid by host:
  • Honorarium
  • A basic production and material budget
  • Grant writing for project development
  • Transportation to and from Pittsburgh
  • Accommodation
  • A per diem during on-site installation  
Paid by artist:

Personal needs

Application guidelines:

Online application. Artists are invited to submit a portfolio of work and supporting documentation, which will be reviewed by the Artist Review Panel.  

Artists must submit a single PDF file including (max. file size: 25mb):

  • A 2-page (max.) Bio or CV.
  • Up to 10 images for consideration. Images must be accompanied by the artwork's Title, Year, Medium, and Dimensions. Please include any notes regarding installation if relevant. For video or audio works, please include a static image in the PDF (you may also include a URL pointing to the file online in the text of the PDF). You may also submit up to 4 supporting audio or video files.
  • Artists may also submit supporting documentation, but it is not required (i.e. press reviews or videos of artist talks).
  • Please do not include project proposals in your submission.
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Mattress Factory

Mattress Factory


The Mattress Factory is an artist-centered museum, international residency program and renowned producer of installation art. Founded in 1977, the Mattress Factory produces site-specific installations created by artists working in residence. Since then, the Museum has commissioned and presented new installation and performance works by more than 650 artists. The Museum supports established and emerging artists through a program that provides guidance, leadership, resources and opportunities to create artwork that is unconventional, challenging and thought-provoking. The Museum’s flexibility and inventiveness allow artists to respond to developments in technology, explore audience interaction and challenge traditional artistic ideals and practice.

Artists are supported throughout the development of their project, from initial conception through production and installation. Over the 18 to 24 month period before their on-site residency, artists are invited to work closely with the Mattress Factory to develop and plan each project: cultivating ideas, brokering relationships with researchers and collaborators, finding resources and solving technical challenges. The Museum enhances artists’ projects through public and educational programming developed in collaboration with the artist throughout their process.

During the residencies, The Mattress Factory provides technical support before and throughout installation, photo and video documentation, marketing and publicity for the artists.



Studio Information

Typically in the exhibition spaces

Accommodation Information

Individual room in a shared apartment


In Pittsburgh's historic Mexican War Streets on the North Side.

Contact information

500 Sampsonia Way
Pittsburgh,, PA 15212-4444
United States

info [at]