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Andrew Bearnot and Celeste Wilson (2013 Fellows) blowing rondels in the WheatonArts hot shop.
Chris Wolston (2012 Fellow) using our metal molds to create wax sculptures that will be used to make molds for glass casting.
Damien Francois (2012 Fellow) blowing glass in the WheatonArts hot shop.
Fukunishi Takeshi (2012 Fellow) preparing a mold for sand casting.
Michael Hengler (2013 Fellow) removing the mold from his finished glass boat. (photo by Heidi Hengler)

Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center

For over thirty 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.

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. In addition, they are embraced by a dedicated and warm staff, all on a beautiful 50+ acre campus that is truly a creative sanctuary.

2017 Project-Based Fellowship Application

In 2017, WheatonArts will offer short-term, project-based residencies within the months of September – December. These residencies were developed in response to the changing needs of artists due to continued economic uncertainty and the increasing difficulty of leaving jobs, families and studios. 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.

Artists are encouraged to submit proposals ranging from six-week residencies 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.

Fellowships will be offered within the months of September – December, 2017. Due to the anticipated range of proposals, exact session dates will not be determined until after the peer-review jury concludes and projects/residencies are carefully aligned with studio and housing capacity. Short-term, project-based residencies will be selected with preference for self-sufficient artists/teams and the public benefit offered.

Applicants will be asked to define the general residency length desired on the application form. We also ask that you clearly state in the artist statement, any information or desired schedules for your proposed residency.

2017 Project-Based Fellowship Application

Location

Millville, New Jersey: United States

CGCA is housed at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville, New Jersey, an East Coast center dedicated to the continuum of glassmaking in America. The Center is located in an area rich in glassmaking history and is within driving distance to New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: 3-months and short-term, project-based fellowships with various schedules
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 4
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 10
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 111

Eligibility

  • Artist Status: Emerging Artists
  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application deadline: November 20
  • Additional deadline info:
    Fellowship applications are available through a convenient, online form.

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Spouses/partners allowed for full stay, Children allowed for full stay
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
  • Studios/special equipment: Exhibition / Installation, Glass blowing, Glass casting
  • Additional studio information: 
    The CGCA 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. The studio 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.

Stipends / other support

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 have 24-hour access to 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 ($1,500), the use of private studios, technical assistance, comfortable housing and institutional support, including access to the Museum of American Glass. In addition, they are embraced by a dedicated and warm staff, all on a beautiful 50+ acre campus that is truly a creative sanctuary. Many emerging artists have used the Fellowships as a stepping-stone to a successful career. For mid-career artists, it offers an opportunity to redefine direction and renew creative energy. The collaboration and exchange of ideas among the Fellows enhances a productive climate, supporting the discovery of new vision and resources for each. A “Critic-in-Residence Program,” provides additional support for the artists, generating meaningful inquiry and discussion about their work. Robin Rice, our resident critic, interviews each artist and writes an essay that is published on the WheatonArts website.

Additional expectations / opportunities

The WheatonArts Glass Studio is an internationally celebrated, state-of-the-art glassblowing facility. In recent planning work, the Glass Studio has been identified as the “heartbeat” of WheatonArts; the home of Resident and International Artists, Studio assistants and interns, as well as many students beginning, and furthering, their glass knowledge with our Studio Classes. The Glass Studio is open to the general public from April through December, Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5pm. Fellows are asked to work in front of the public for 12 hours each week. Studio Wide Open, a meet-and-greet studio event, is held one night for each Fellowship session. Fellows are asked to present a performative demonstration as a group followed by an open studio, during which the public is invited into the artists’ private studios to see and ask questions about the work.

Contact Information

1501 Glasstown Road
Millville, New Jersey 08332
United States
Tel: 856-825-6800