Wednesday May 24, 2017 | by Lindsay Hargrave

SCHOLARSHIP: Chihuly Garden and Glass offers $10,000 for Seattle-area emerging glass artist

In honor of its fifth anniversary, Chihuly Garden and Glass, the for-profit long-term Chihuly exhibition in Seattle Center, is offering a $10,000 scholarship for an emerging glass artist in the Seattle region to take classes at either Pilchuck Glass School or Pratt Fine Arts Center. The program is offered in conjunction with the Chihuly Studio. Though announced through Facebook and a press release, information on how to apply for this opportunity hasn't been easy to locate. The application is on the Garden and Glass website, but only under "Events," where it comes up at the bottom of an article about the organization's fifth-anniversary activities. Still, this is a generous opportunity, one of a series of initiatives to give back to the glass art community, and worthy of attention for every Seattle-area glass artist who fits the criteria.

In order to be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be artists of at least 18 years of age and in the first 10 years of their career—emerging artists. They must, of course, be working or interested in working in the glass medium and also be a resident of King County in Washington.

The requirements on the application include a curriculum vitae, photos of current work, and a few writing prompts about what the applicant is planning to pursue, what they would use the money for, and why he or she is applying.

The scholarship was part of a 5-year anniversary celebration that Chihuly Garden and Glass held last weekend at their location in Seattle Center, with demonstrations in their Glasshouse such as screen printing from The Vera Project and flameworking from Pratt Fine Arts Center.

This scholarship is one of many efforts by Chihuly Garden and Glass to share its success with the wider glass art community, particularly the vibrant scene in and around Seattle and the state of Washington, such as a partnership with Arts Corp. announced earlier this month. According to a press release, this partnership supports Pratt Fine Arts Center, Pilchuck Glass School, ArtsFund and Seattle Public Schools.

The application for the emerging artist scholarship program can be found here. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 9, 2017/

You can find additional information about Chihuly Garden and Glass's fifth anniversary here.

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