Pilchuck Glass School

Photos: Russel Johnson/Alec Miller

Pilchuck Glass School

Support Program for artists focusing on glass

Supporting the education of artists working with glass is an important focus of the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung's funding activities. Since 2018, it has been providing financial support to enable artists who are resident and permanently living in Germany to participate in one of the programs of the renowned Pilchuck Glass School.

Due to the high course fees and travel expenses, these courses are not affordable for most artists from Germany. The Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung awards scholarships of up to 6,000 euros. The workshops at the world’s leading Pilchuck Glass School (founded in 1971) near Seattle, USA, are led by internationally renowned artists who work with glass. The encounter and intensive exchange with the instructors as well as with the other participants promote not only the acquisition of new skills, but also the further development of one’s own artistic work.

"The course I was able to take at the Pilchuck Glass School thanks to the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung scholarship provided me with an extraordinarily broad theoretical as well as practical space for experimentation and new inspiration. After all the experiments conducted there, it will be easy for me to now go specifically to the implementation of new works. I am very much looking forward to that.”
Keiyona C. Stumpf, Scholarship Recipient Pilchuck Glass School 2018

Conditions of Participation

1. Eligibility
The scholarship is directed at artists who work with glass and who have their domicile and permanent residence in Germany at the time of application and for the duration of the funding. There is no age restriction.

2. Application
Please send your applications by email to b.kunze@atstiftung.deOnly complete applications will be accepted.

3. Documents
The following documents have to be submitted:

  • Contact details: First and last name, postal address, email address, telephone number, website (if available) and bank account details.
  • Proof of domicile and permanent residence in Germany at the time of application and for the duration of the funding (prerequisite).
  • Short biography including artistic training and/or previous experience in working with the material glass, as well as publications and exhibitions (1-2 pages in an A4 format).
  • Statement outlining the reasons and goals for the trip as well as the resulting expectations (at most 1-2 pages in an A4 format).
  • Illustrations of 4-5 previous works.

Applicants for a scholarship do not need to have been accepted to a course at Pilchuck Glass School in the first step.

4. Closing date and further deadlines

  • The deadline for applications for participating in the 2024 Summer or Fall Program is 6 January 2024. 
  • The applicants will be informed until end of January 2023 if they will receive a scholarship.
  • Upon acceptance, scholarship recipients will register for a course directly with Pilchuck Glass School by 15 February 2024.
  • If the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung has granted a scholarship, the monies will be paid only after the applicant has received confirmation of participation with notice to pay from Pilchuck Glass School. Please send a copy of the confirmation with notice to pay to the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung immediately.
  • The 2024 Summer and Fall programs will be published on www.pilchuck.org around the end of October or beginning of November 2023.

5. Report
Scholarship recipients must submit a two to three page report documenting their experience and the resulting works with photographs. This must be submitted to the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung no later than six weeks after the end of their stay at Pilchuck.

6. Image Copyrights
Applicants provide the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung with high-resolution photographs of the works they made at Pilchuck (jpeg, 300dpi, max. A4 format). They agree to allow the foundation to use the photos for publication as well as press releases and public relations (including website and social media) free of charge.

7. Exhibition
The Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung reserves the right to possibly exhibit the works made in Pilchuck in total or in part.

8. Legalities
In submitting an application, applicants accept the procedures and conditions as described in this call. The decisions of the foundation board are final and not subject to legal recourse.

With their application, candidates accept the data protection declaration of the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung and consent to the storage and use of their contact data as well as their bank details for the purposes of processing the scholarship as well as maintaining contact in future.

(The English translation above is provided for information purposes only. The German text remains the only official and legally binding version.)