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Friday May 3, 2019 | by Lindsay Woodruff

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Six-week artist residency in Japan seeks applications

The Toyama City Institute of Glass Art (TIGA) in Toyama, Japan invites international glass artists to apply for its Artist-in-Residence program, now in its ninth year. The residency, which will last six weeks from October 17 through November 27, 2019, grants the artist access to the facilities of the Toyama Glass Studio, including the hot shop, kiln shop, and cold shop, to create new work. Works made during the residency will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Toyama Glass Museum at the end of the six weeks.

While staying in the Toyama Glass Studio guesthouse for the six-week residency, the artist will be
immersed in the natural surroundings of the coastal city of Toyama. The aim of the program, in part, is to connect the artist with the culture and local community of Toyama, which is known as the “Glass Art City.” To this end, the artist-in-residence will be
interacting with TIGA students and the local public through lectures and demonstrations and will donate one or more artworks created during the residency to the TIGA collections.

This residency is open to glass artists who have “potential to stimulate the glass art scene in Toyama by his/her works. Age, gender, or specific techniques utilized do not impact selection.” Artists-in-Residence in recent years have included Matthew Szosz (2016), Eva Novakova (2017), and Karlyn Sutherland (2018).

Applications are due to the Toyama City Institute of Glass Art Extension Program Executive Committee by Friday, June 2, and applicants will be notified of the results via email by Friday, July 5. Full details about the residency and application process can be found on the TIGA website:

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