Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School

Pilchuck fall 2021
The American-Scandinavian Foundation and Norwegian Crafts welcome applications for Pilchuck Glass School's Emerging Artist in Residence Programme

The deadline for 2024 has now passed

This is an opportunity for a Norway-based artist to attend the Emerging-Artist-in-Residence (EAiR) Program at Pilchuck. The American-Scandinavian Foundation’s Arts & Crafts Fellowship Program and Norwegian Crafts will provide a grant for the selected artist to cover most expenses connected to the residency.

These programmes aim to provide unique and diverse opportunities for artists in the craft field, namely by offering Norway-based craft artists a place at renowned schools, workshops and residencies.

  • DATES: 3 October 2024–13 November 2024
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: The deadline for 2024 has now passed

About the Programme

The Emerging-Artist-in-Residence (EAiR) Program serves promising artists who have previous experience working with glass. Six artists are selected from applicants worldwide. Each artist will receive a stipend, lodging, and access to studios for two months.

Norwegian Crafts is guaranteed one place in the programme for 2024 for a Norway-based artist. The program provides artists with the space and time to develop an idea, project, or new body of work in glass.

The EAiR Program is an independent artist residency; no instruction is available, therefore some glassmaking experience is required. However, it is not a requirement that glass is the main medium of your practice.

The EAiR Program supports artists who are making a transition in their practice or career. Whether moving from academia to a professional studio practice, expanding material knowledge, or beginning a new body of work, artists find this independent residency ideal for contemplation, research, and experimentation.

n.b glassblowing facilities are not available during the EAiR.

From Kim Hankyul's participation in the EAiR programme at Pilchuck in 2023
From Kim Hankyul's participation in the EAiR programme at Pilchuck in 2023

The selected grant recipient will receive:

  • American Scandinavian Foundation and Norwegian Crafts covers the tuition, room and board while at Pilchuck, of the value of $10 000.
  • $2 000 grant from Pilchuck School of Glass, which will be paid out to the selected artist.
  • Opportunity to explore their practice in state-of-the-art facilities. Critical feedback from visiting curators and the artistic director.
  • The selected artist is also eligible for a travel grant of 5 000 NOK from the Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts (Norske Kunsthåndverkere).

Application criteria


  • have experience using glass within your practice (it is not required that glass is your main medium)
  • are based in Norway / have a Norwegian national identity number
  • are a recent graduate or self-taught/you have attended only short courses in art or craft practice or you are mid career/established artist/duojár having a change in career direction or change in practice
  • can travel to Pilchuck in October – November 2024
  • are not enrolled in any degree or certificate granting program (including high school, bachelor, or masters degree programmes) at the time of application or during the award period

How to apply

  1. Write a Artist statement (250 words)
    Tell us about your craft, where you make, what inspires you, who inspires you
    - Tell us about your previous experience from working with glass
  2. Write a Residency proposal (500 words)
    - Describe in clear and concise language your project theme*, studio usage, materials, supplies, and other specifics pertaining to your proposal for your first choice workshop
    - What elements of your participation in this residency do you anticipate will/could evolve your art practice
    - What it means for you/you to gain access to a production environment at Pilchuck
  3. CV
  4. Five visual documentations of previous work to be included in the application: Include title of artwork, materials, size and year made in the file name. If this is in video format please link within the PDF.

    All parts of the application should be submitted within a single PDF file in English (no larger than 10MB) – links to videos are accepted within the pdf document. Please title your PDF with "Pilchuck Application form - Emerging Artist in Residence - YOUR NAME".

    Please email your application to Leah Kahn, Market Development Officer lk@norwegiancrafts.no

    *Theme can refer to an idea, project, or new body of work you wish to complete during the residency.

    Download the application form here

    Pilchuck fall 2021

    Evaluation of applications

      • Applications will be shortlisted by Norwegian Crafts´ residency committee.
      • Shortlisted applicants will be sent to the American-Scandinavian Foundation who will have the final decision on who the selected participants are.
      • Norwegian Crafts will inform the selected participants of their scholarships
      • Pilchuck will contact the participants to confirm their placement by 1 February 2024.

      If you have any questions about this residency opportunity, please do not hesitate to get in contact with Leah Svalastoga Kahn, Market Development Officer at Norwegian Crafts: lk@norwegiancrafts.no

      About Norwegian Crafts´ residency committee

      As part of Norwegian Crafts' efforts to strengthen our residency opportunities for Norwegian and Norway-based craft artists, duojárat, curators, mediators and researchers, we have established a new committee that will evaluate applications for our residency opportunities. The committee consists of three members, who possess competence as practicing artists or other type of professionals in the field of contemporary crafts and/or duodji.

      The committee from 2024–2026 consists of artist and associate professor at Oslo National Academy of the Arts – Department for Art and Craft Trine Wester; curator and mediator Daniela Ramos Arias, who is part of the curatorial team at Hordaland Kunstsenter and co-director of the interdisciplinary space KIOSKEN; and communication officer for the project ReCap ASáp – Regaining capacity in a changing Sápmi at The Saami Council and former consultant for the artist and research residency at Lásságámmi Helene Ajuna Olsen.

      Previous grant recipients

      2024: Kamil Kak
      2022/23: Kim Hankyul
      2019: Patricia Sichmanova