tough art 2022
We are pleased to reinstate the summer in-person Tough Art Residency Program for its 14th installment after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic
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Produce artwork that is tough enough to withstand public interaction, especially that of children
Work collaboratively with Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh staff to create and develop an engaging work of art to be exhibited in the museum
Give artists a platform to display their work and reach a potentially new audience, which in turn, provides new avenues of art exploration for the museum
The residency program invites artists to be in residence June through mid-September. During this time, they work in the museum to develop and create new works to be exhibited in the Fall and Winter.
Artists may apply as individuals or as a team. Three artists/teams will be chosen to participate.
Each residency artist/team receives an honorarium and materials budget.
*Transportation to and from Pittsburgh, along with housing, may be allotted for out-of-town artists.
Artists with demonstrated capabilities in their medium will be considered for the residency. The program is intended to support emerging artists and give opportunities for established artists to the share their work with a wider audience.
Emerging artists with demonstrated capabilities for creating interactive, immersive, sculptural or media-based projects are encouraged to apply.
Artists from any location (local, national, international) are eligible.
You must be 18 years or older to apply.
Health & Safety
Our commitment to health and safety for the residency includes the requirement that all artists-in-residence be vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus, unless an exemption has been granted. Artists must be in compliance with our Mandatory Vaccination Policy for the COVID-19 virus.
The 2022 Tough Art Application period is now closed.
We accept Tough Art Application during the Spring of each year. Applications typically require:
- Letter of Application (1 page limit)
- Résumé/CV (2 page limit)
- Short biography (150 words or less)
Artwork Portfolio (Please choose ONE of the following options):
- A maximum of 10 images
- Video, sound and/or animation; a maximum of five minutes of material will be reviewed
- Combination of up to 5 images and up to 2 minutes of video, sound and/or animation
More Info & Questions
For additional information on the Tough Art residency, including information on benefits, expectations, ownership and the application process, please see the PDF below.
Send any questions about the Tough Art residency to [email protected]