Residence Programs

Pilchuck offers two residence programs that are open to yearly applications: The Emerging-Artist-in-Residence Program as well as the John H. Hauberg Fellowship, a collaborative residency.

Emerging Artist in Residence

The Emerging-Artist-in-Residence (EAiR) Program serves promising younger artists who have had previous experience working with glass. Six artists are selected from applicants worldwide. They receive a $1,000 stipend, lodging, and access to studios for two months each fall. Participants are self-motivated and eager for the chance to focus on their work and exchange ideas with one another. Emerging artists in residence use their residencies to create a body of work or to pursue new projects or methods, often pushing the medium of glass. Many younger artists recently introduced to collectors at SOFA have participated in this valued residency, and include Sean Albert, Sean O’Neill, Ethan Stern, and April Surgent, to name only a few. 2021 EAiR applications are due Friday, January 15, 2021. Click here for more information.


John H. Hauberg Fellowship

The John H. Hauberg Fellowship, established in 2000 and named in honor of Pilchuck’s co-founder, offers a rare opportunity for collaboration among a group of as many as six established professional artists. Each spring, Hauberg Fellows work both individually and as a group to create art that responds to Pilchuck’s natural environment and/or utilizes the school’s glassmaking facilities. Visual artists in all media as well as writers, poets, art critics, and curators are encouraged to submit proposals with a collaborative concept or theme. The intent is to focus on projects and ideas that will inspire creative endeavors long after the fellowship ends. Past collaborations have focused on a variety of topics, such as painting on glass, Native American aesthetics and concerns, and issues about place and architecture. Artists must apply as a group.  Click here for more information and to apply.



New in 2021, Pilchuck is introducing the Innovation in Image residency. This residency will create supported access for two image-based artists to Pilchuck’s unique vitreography and image-making facilities. With recent renovations to the Print Studio and the introduction of a new Digital Imaging Lab, this residency presents an opportunity for us to invite inventive image makers to come explore the potential of our new playground and experiment with groundbreaking ways to combine imagery and glass while surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the Pilchuck campus. The residency will last 10 days and will run in the spring concurrently with the Hauberg Fellowship cohort. Two individuals ,or a team of collaborators, will each receive full room, board, and travel assistance, a $500 materials budget and a $1000 stipend. Each resident will be asked to donate a print to Pilchuck’s extensive print collection. Click here for more information and to apply.


For open-call residencies: Although a general orientation is given, no formal instruction is provided by Pilchuck. The wood and metal shops are open on a limited basis. The library and Internet access are available.

For more information, please contact the registrar, at or 360-445-3111 ext. 29



The summer Artists in Residence (AiRs) Program invites artists, designers and creative thinkers to share professional expertise while contributing to the session’s educational atmosphere by creating events and initiating discussion while sharing knowledge and experience. Artists in Residence are invited by Pilchuck Glass School's Artistic Director and are paired with two Craftspersons in Residence (or gaffers) to help realize their ideas in glass.



Craftspersons in Residence, also known as gaffers, are accomplished artists with expertise in hot glassworking who execute the creative visions of Artists in Residence and Instructors. They have a strong interest in collaboration and a desire to stretch their abilities and ways of thinking. Craftspersons in residence bear the technical challenge and responsibility of creating work for other artists. Pilchuck invites two Craftspersons in Residence to participate in each session.



As part of Pilchuck Glass School's Spring Tours, two established artists are invited to utilize the campus facilities and hot shop while displaying examples of their latest designs, creating new work, and welcoming the public to observe.