Over the course of the year, the Museum works with artists and invites them to participate with Museum staff and visitors in a wide variety of ways to generate interactive fine artworks.
Tough Art Residency Program
Update: Feb 2021
The Tough Art residency is one of the Children's Museum's longest running and most rewarding programs. Each year it is a pleasure to work with artists and see what they create.
COVID-19 has forced us to re-evaluate the timing of the next Tough Art residency, as we are continuing to postpone in-person activity at the Children's Museum and plan for our reopening.
We believe the magic of the Tough Art residency comes from the on-the-floor prototyping, where children interact with the art. So we are currently focused on restarting the Tough Art residency program in 2021, when we resume in-person activity at the Children’s Museum.
Thank you to all of the artists who have applied for the residency for your patience. Due to the length of the Museum’s closure, we will be asking all interested artists to reapply to express their interest when the residency returns, including applications that were kept on file from 2020. We will let you know when the Tough Artist application window reopens, and strongly encourage you to reapply at that time.
We take great pride in supporting artists by hosting residencies, staging exhibitions and commissioning site specific art works, and we look forward to the time when we can safely restart these programs.
We will continue to explore virtual residency projects as we cultivate the best ways to connect artists and their work to our audience.
Tough Art @ Home 2020
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (CMP) is dedicated to fostering the talent and innovation of artists as experience makers; inviting artists to work through a multitude of programs and projects; and presenting excellent contemporary art to our visitors.
The Tough Art Residency Program, which began in 2007, was approaching its fourteenth year of existence in Summer 2020. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Museum's subsequent closure, the residency had to be canceled for the season.
So we began to consider alternate ways we might engage our audience and fulfill our mission. We were inspired to identify and connect artists with our audience, and vice versa, through online engagement. This was different from the Tough Art challenge of creating interactive art for a children's museum audience - the goal of Tough Art @ Home is to create a do-it-yourself art making activity related in some way to the artist's artwork/process that inspires people to create wherever they are.
About the Program
Created in 2007, the Tough Art artist residency program connects artists from across the spectrum of all the arts to the resources and visitors at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. The residency looks to expand the skills of established and emerging artists, giving them the ability to create work for one of the toughest venues for art: a children’s museum.
Selected artists generate and implement interactive, immersive and/or collaborative projects and connect the art-making process to the larger museum context and the museum visitor. Artists are tasked to make a direct impact on the visitor experience by creating an entirely new piece to be displayed in the Museum. Throughout the residency, artists prototype and evaluate their process to achieve the desired outcome.
Additional information and application information can be found here.
Isla Hansen and Luke Loeffler
Jennifer Van Winkle
F.I.N.E. Art Residency
Fresh - Innovative - Nonstop - Expression
The F.I.N.E. Artist Residency series invites artists to exhibit their work and lead programs that introduce new and exciting art and art-making techniques to Museum visitors, staff and educators.
Previous F.I.N.E. Artists:
Michael David Battle & Ada Rajkovic
The F.I.N.E. Art Residency is supported by the Fine Foundation. Thank you!