Children's Museum

10 am–5 pm Daily

Adult and child enjoying Urchin Searchin Sound from Tough Art 2017

Artist Opportunities

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 Artist Residency

The artists for the Children's Museum's 2018 Tough Art Artist Residency have been chosen:

  • Isaac Levine, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Miranda Miller and Lumi Barron, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Neil Mendoza, San Francisco, CA

This residency offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to expand their skills and create artwork for one of the toughest venues for art: a children’s museum.  Artists are tasked with making interactive, immersive and/or collaborative projects that have a direct impact on the visitor experience.  Throughout the summer residency, artists prototype with visitors and evaluate their process to achieve the desired outcome.  Final works of art are exhibited at the Children’s Museum from September 2018 to January 2019.

2018 is the twelfth year of the Tough Art Program. 

For program details, please see the download at the bottom of the page. 

Additional information on the program is available at: CMP Tough Art

Tough Artist 2017:

  • Arvid Tomayko and Hannah Thompson
  • Megan Flod Johnson
  • Shohei Katayama
  • Robert Zacharias

Past Tough Artists:

Nicholas Hanna
Anne Lilly
Stephen Malinowski
Nobuho Nagasawa

Danny Bracken
Rachel Buse
Ann Tarantino

Jenna Boyles
Jesse Kauppila and Dakotah Konicek
Lindsay Packer
Stephanie Ross

Chris Beauregard
Katie Ford
Scott Garner
Isla Hansen and Luke Loeffler

John Peña
Scott Andrew & Jonathan Armistead
Jeremy Boyle & Kevin Clancy
Will Schlough

Felipe Castelblanco
Jennifer Myers and Daniel Luchman
Zach Dorn
Christina Zaris

Agnes Bolt and Arthur Jones
Nova Jiang
Amanda Long
Blaine Siegel

Anneka Herre
Ian Ingram
Matt Mets
Jennifer Van Winkle

Ben Bigelow
David Butts
Rick Gribenas
Wendy Osher

Eileen Maxson
Joey Hayes
Greg Witt
Mat Barton

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:

Merav Kamel
Felicia Lane Savage

Michael David Battle & Ada Rajkovic
Emily Newman

Crystal Worl
Eric Lennartson
Alexandra Bodnarchuk
Slow Danger
Iris Gottlieb
Cecilia Ebitz
Telma Schultz

Brandt Wild
Hiromi Katayama
Felicia Cooper
Veronica Simmonds

Dalia Shevin
Zena Ruiz
Zany Umbrella Circus

Zach Dorn
Steffi Mayer-Staley
Tugboat Printshop
Attack Theatre
The Drift Crew 

Stacy Innerst
Bob Ziller
Kathryn Carr
Jennifer Myers
Tsawa Monks of Gaden Jangtse Monastery
Sister I’Asia
Kate Pfeil & Mark Barlow 

Wade Kramm
La Verne Kemp
Dick Esterle
Petra Falluaux
Laura Jean McLaughlin
Michael & Jade Corle
Sibel Deren Guler 

Joana Ricou
Bovery Lee
Schmutz Company
Ron Donoughe
John Miyazawa
Amisha Gadani
Scott Andrew, Adam Atkinson, and Michael McParlane
Mayumi Matsuo

Amanda Long
Amy Johnson & JULIACKS
Cara Lynn Kleid
James Maszle

The F.I.N.E. Art Residency is supported by the Fine Foundation.