Scholarship applications have now closed for Pilchuck's 2020 Summer and Fall Programs (deadline: February 1, 2020). Student applications will continue to be accepted until courses are filled. Financial Assistance funds may be available on a first-come, first-served basis, though priority will be given to those applications received by the February 1 deadline. 


Pilchuck provides financial assistance to nearly forty-percent of its students through the generosity of donors, foundations, and student auctions and continues to expand the number of full and partial scholarships it offers to support diverse and talented individuals.

Artists who work in all media are encouraged to apply. You do not need to have images of work in glass to be considered for a scholarship.

Scholarship applicants are scored and ranked based on artistic merit by an outside jury of arts professionals. Consideration may also be given for financial need. All scholarship applicants qualify for general scholarships; applicants may also qualify for a special scholarship.
Scholarship applications require the submission of additional materials along with the Summer Program application form.

The scholarship jury, a panel of outside artists and arts professionals, considers the following when reviewing submissions:
  • Originality and inventiveness
  • Aesthetic excellence
  • Skillful and imaginative use of glass or other media
  • Visual clarity

We are excited to introduce the jurors for Pilchuck’s 2020 Scholarships! This year, Ben Beres, Kimberly Keith, Jessica Jane Julius, and Simon Klenell will make up our scholarship jury. Please check out their bios here, and remember to submit your application by the scholarship deadline, February 1, 2020.

The images you submit with your application will make up the majority of your score. Every year a different panel of jurors is invited, so if you have applied before and not received a scholarship, we encourage you to apply again!

Make sure to submit your application for scholarships and priority placement by February 1 to be considered for merit scholarships. Student applications and applications for need-based financial assistance accepted until courses are filled, but priority for aid will be given to applicants who submit by the February 1, deadline.

All scholarship applicants are considered for general scholarships, but you may also qualify for one or more of the available special scholarships below if you are:

  • an international applicant, a citizen of Australia, New Zealand, Eastern Europe, Czech Republic, or China.
  • a resident of New England (NH, MA, ME, RI, CT, VT), Arizona, or Los Angeles.
  • a US citizen of African American, Hispanic American, Native American, or other minority heritage.
  • an applicant for a flameworking course.
  • a 2019 Summer Staff or Campus Assistant.
  • a 2019 Corning Inc. Foundation or Saxe Award nominee.
  • a nominee from a 2020 Partner Institution (see list here [here as link to partner institution page].
  • an applicant working in digital technology.
Each 2019 Partner Institution below is invited to select a member or student to receive a partial scholarship to Pilchuck. If you are chosen for a Partner Scholarship by your institution - apply February 1, 2019, and include the name of your partner institution in your application.

  • Alberta College of Art and Design
  • Alfred University
  • Appalachian Center for Crafts
  • Bezalel Academy of Art & Design
  • California College of the Arts
  • California State University - Fullerton
  • Cleveland Institute of Art
  • College for Creative Studies
  • Columbus College of Art & Design
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • Edinburgh College of Art
  • Glass Art Association of Canada
  • Hilltop Artists in Residence
  • Illinois State University
  • JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design
  • Kansas City Art Institute
  • Kent State University
  • Konstfack, University College of Art, Craft & Design
  • Massachusetts College of Art
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Monash University - Caulfield
  • New York University
  • Niijima Glass Art Center
  • Ohio State University
  • Pratt Fine Arts Center
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Royal College of Art
  • San Jose State University
  • Santa Monica College
  • Sheridan College
  • Southern Illinois University
  • Sydney College of the Arts
  • The ANU School of Art
  • The Evergreen State College
  • The National College of Art and Design
  • Toyama City Institute of Glass Art
  • Tulane University
  • Tyler School of Art
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Miami
  • University of the Arts
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Western Washington University
  • Wilson High School
This year, Pilchuck Glass School's scholarship applications will be juried by Ben Beres, Dr. Kimberly Keith, Jessica Jane Julius, and Simon Klenell. Scholarship applicants are scored and ranked based on artistic merit by this outside jury of arts professionals.

Ben Beres is a Seattle-based artist who has been printmaking for the past two decades, with a focus on creating detailed works through the process of etching on copper. Over the years his practice has expanded to include work in the as yet-experimental arena of vitreography (printing with glass plates), etching on glass, and public engagement through performance. He teaches printmaking at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, and has taught vitreography at Pilchuck Glass School.

Beres is also one-third of SuttonBeresCuller, a conceptual art trio that has produced sculpture, performance, and public art for the past twenty years. He is represented by Davidson Galleries and Pilchuck Gallery in Seattle, Washington. SuttonBeresCuller is represented by Greg Kucera Gallery.


Kimberly Keith was appointed Executive Director of Hilltop Artists in May, 2017; she is a Tacoma native who has worked in the arts and culture sector since 1992. Keith earned her PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, researching how U.S. and U.K. museum practitioners develop and engage diverse audiences in relation to disparate organizational cultures and strategic policies. She also holds a Master of Non-Profit Leadership from Seattle University and a BA from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, with a focus on art history and studio art. 

Keith worked in museums developing and delivering educational programs, most specifically for at-risk youth and diverse audiences, at the Children’s Museum of Seattle and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. She was a Trustee on the board of Black Cultural Archives in the Brixton area of south London, and served on its capital project board to raise 7 million pounds to build the UK’s first national black heritage center, which opened in July of 2014. Keith serves on the Bridge Builders Advocacy Group at Oasis Youth Center, Tacoma. 


Jessica Jane Julius has been dedicated for over fifteen years to the arts as an artist, educator, collaborator, and performer. She has a history of exhibiting large-scale installations, objects, and imagery that reflect on the current "culture of fear" in our society, making work that evaluates where fear is manifested and cultivated.

Julius is the co-founder of the artists’ collective and performance group The Burnt Asphalt Family, who produces collaborative participatory works. They have performed at prestigious venues across the country including The Studio at Corning Museum of Glass, New York; Chrysler Museum, Norfolk; and UrbanGlass; Brooklyn. Her mixed-media works have been exhibited nationally, including at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania; Museum of American Glass, New Jersey; and Pilchuck Gallery, Seattle. Her work has been selected numerous time for publication in New Glass Review and she has been awarded residencies at Creative Glass Center of America, New Jersey, and Museum of Glass, Tacoma.

Julius is on the board of the Glass Arts Society and was recently appointed to the executive committee as the vice president. In the past, she served as interim program head of glass at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, and University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and has also taught at Rochester Institute of Technology, New York; Pilchuck Glass School; and UrbanGlass. Currently she is an assistant professor in Glass at Tyler School of Art, Temple University and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and son.


Simon Klenell is an artist working primarily in blown glass, based in Stockholm, Sweden. His practice is based on investigating themes around making, material culture, and other phenomena connected to the craft of making things. Klenell graduated from National School of Glass, Orrefors, and received his BFA from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm.

Klenell’s body of work usually departs from aesthetic themes or design historical elements. By making and setting them in new situations, contexts or forms he aims to create new viewpoints on our relationship to the material world and its manifestations--materially as well as culturally and narratively.

Follow Klenell on instagram: simonklenell



This year, Pilchuck is offering need-based financial assistance to help emerging artists not selected in the merit process and to help bridge the gap for some partial scholarship recipients. We highly recommend that students in need of financial assistance fill out both a merit and need-based application so we can do our best to meet your need.

In order to apply for need-based financial assistance, please complete the application form by indicating the amount of tuition you are able to pay for a summer or fall course, along with a statement of need.

While Pilchuck will continue to consider requests for need-based financial assistance after the merit scholarship and priority placement deadline, we encourage you to apply early, as it will be on a first-come, first-served basis for applications received after the February 1 deadline.

Please contact the registrar for more information at or 360-445-3111 ext. 29.