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

residency goals

  • 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

See past Tough Art projects here.


The residency program invites artists to be in residence June through mid-September 2022. During this time, they will work in the museum to develop and create new works to be exhibited in Fall/Winter 2022-2023.

Artists may apply as individuals or as a team. Three artists/teams will be chosen to participate.

Each residency artist/team receives a $5,000 honorarium and a $3,500 materials budget.

*Transportation to and from Pittsburgh, along with housing, is allotted for one out-of-town artist.




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.

Applications Due

Applications must be received by 11:59 pm on March 13, 2022.

Selected artists will be announced on April 1, 2022.

How to Apply

Each Tough Art Application should include:

Application Materials

  • 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

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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]