​2023 Visiting Artist and Designer Fellowship

2023 Visiting Artist and Designer Fellowship
The UrbanGlass Visiting Artist and Designer Fellowship provides four artists or designers the opportunity to develop a new work using the medium of glass. To explore the use and appreciation of glass as a creative medium, fellows will have access to the UrbanGlass studios, instruction, technical support, fabricators, an unrestricted honorarium as well as a budget to cover material costs. UrbanGlass’ 17,000-square-foot state-of-the-art glass studio offers a complete glassworking studio with a hot shop, cold shop, flameworking studio, neon shop, mold shop, and kiln shop. 

As part of our continued mission to amplify underheard voices and perspectives in the field, we strongly encourage individuals that have not been historically represented in the arts to apply.

Previous fellows include Carly Mandel, Dean Erdmann, Doug Johnston, Aki Sasamoto,  and Nooshin Rostami, among many others

The fellowship is a combination of experiencing glass directly as a material of expression and a proposal driven exploration by pairing with glass artists to craft objects.  Fellows also share their ideas and practice with the glass community by presenting a lecture, attending events and in being a visiting artist or designer for a day with our university classes held at UrbanGlass.

Fellows receive up to $20,000 in combined support for the proposal which is inclusive of:

  • Scheduled access to UrbanGlass studios
  • Project guidance and technical support
  • Hiring glass artists and fabricators
  • Enrollment in classes and/or private lessons
  • Materials and supplies for the proposed project 
  • A $2500 honorarium dispersed in parts throughout the fellowship

The fellowship time frame is from April 25, 2023 to November 10, 2023. There is an introductory session for planning and learning about the different methods of working with glass. It is possible to complete your proposal or expend your budget before the end of the fellowship period.


  • Artists or designers who work independently, or a pair of artists or designers who have established a collaborative practice (no more than two). Only one application is completed to apply as a duo and all items should be edited together under the collaboration.  
  • Applicants should not be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program or its equivalent during 2023. Please wait to apply until the next application cycle after your program completion. 
  • Glass experience is not required. This opportunity is ideal for applicants with minimal glass experience.
  • Availability to complete the fellowship within the designated time frame.
  • Availability to be onsite at the studio for classes, lessons, meetings and fabrication of work for the proposal.
  • Not a current UrbanGlass employee, UrbanGlass board member, or a past UrbanGlass studio resident or fellow within the last five years.

Materials to submit
Prepare the following for submission through Zealous to complete your application

  • Current resume or CV
  • Current bio [150 words]
  • A one to two page proposal including the nature of the work you would like to create and how glass may tie to the larger theme(s) within your practice or aesthetic
  • An image, concept sketch or rendering of your proposed work
  • Five examples of your art or design practice, either as images, writings or time based files

How to Apply
Please submit a completed application though our online platform:

Firm Deadline: March 19, 2023 by 11:59PM [UTC -5]

This fellowship is a funded project experience that is gently guided with a lot of self directed freedom built in. While applicants living outside the New York City region may apply, this opportunity is not a full-time residency, there is no room and board or studio space to occupy. To engage with the material and to work with other artists in the studio to realize your proposal, it will require being onsite at the studio at different days of the week and times of day.  It is possible to work around your other projects or work schedule since this does not require full-time, onsite participation. 

Judging Criteria and Notification
Applicants will be chosen on the basis of past work and on a new project as described in their proposal. An outside jury, consisting of experts in the field of art and design, will review all applicants through the online platform and then meet virtually to select the finalists.

Meet the 2023 Visiting Artist and Designer Fellowship Jury:

Emily Endo

Emily Endo’s multidisciplinary practice pulls from the disparate, yet conjoined, histories of science and mysticism. Using glass, aroma molecules, and natural media, their work references the relationships between body, material, and environment and their ability to transform one another. Endo earned a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010 and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006. Their work has been exhibited at venues such as Bullseye Projects, Harkawik, Neutra VDL House, LVL3, Museum of Contemporary Craft, and Bellevue Museum of Art. Endo has lectured at the Portland Art Museum, American Craft Council, Scottish Glass Art Society, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Rochester Institute of Technology. Recent press includes; Variable West, Architectural Digest, Dezeen, Art Ltd., Frontrunner Magazine, American Craft Magazine, and MAAKE Magazine. Endo lives and works in Yucca Valley, California where they are the co-director of the High Desert Observatory. 

IG @emily__endo

Michael Endo

Michael Endo is an artist and curator originally from Portland, Oregon. He earned an MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2009 and a BA from Portland State University, in 2005. His studio work has been included in national and international exhibitions at venues such as The National Glass Centre, Disjecta, Yuan Yuan Art Center and Bullseye Projects. Endo is currently the curatorial consultant at Bullseye Projects, organizing exhibitions at The Byre and assisting with traveling exhibitions and art fairs. In 2019, he moved to Yucca Valley, California where he is the co-director of High Desert Observatory. In addition to his curatorial and studio practices, he is a frequent lecturer and teaches classes at all levels. Recent course venues include Penland School of Craft, Bild-Werk Frauenau Academy, Pilchuck Glass School, Urban Glass, Northlands Creative, Portland Community College, and Oregon College of Art and Craft.

IG @michaelendostudio

High Desert Observatory

Emily Endo and Michael Endo are the directors of the High Desert Observatory. Situated in the hills of the Mojave desert, the High Desert Observatory is an education space and fabrication studio offering workshops that focus on glass, textiles, aromatics, and regenerative design. 

High Desert Observatory
IG @highdesertobservatory

Brian Fleetwood

Brian Fleetwood, a citizen of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma, is a jeweler, educator, and curator based in Northern New Mexico. Informed by traditional stories and making practices, a youth spent in rural Oklahoma, a background in biology and ecology, and lived experience with autism, Fleetwood's work examines jewelry's ability to mediate between a body and the space it occupies. He uses collaboration and experimentation with material and process to create work that aspires to behave in similar ways to living things, as a way of exploring parallels between the way ideas and living organisms grow, spread, and evolve. This work investigates the connections between different ways of knowing, acts of making, and the unexpected and complex kinship between ourselves and everything else. He holds and MFA in Craft and Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently an assistant professor of Studio Art at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. 

Deborah Adler

Deborah Adler is the Associate Director of Sales, Marketing, and Outreach at Traver/Vetri Gallery in Seattle, Washington. 

Adler spent 15 years as a freelance glassblower working out of the studios at UrbanGlass. Most of that time, she worked as a lead glassblower for Michiko Sakano, fabricating glass for renowned lighting designers. 

In 2016, after traveling around the world, she landed in Seattle and was warmly welcomed by the glass community. Adler became the Studio Manager and Artist Assistant for John Kiley, during which time she assisted him and Dante Marioni on several of their collaborative projects. She spent three years working with Debora Moore, assisting with the development of Moore's exhibition, Arboria, which debuted at the Tacoma Art Museum in 2019 and traveled to the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery in 2020. In 2017 and 2018, Deborah was a Craft Person In Residence at Pilchuck Glass School. 

Recently, Adler received certificates in Strategic Marketing and Film and Video Production from the University of Washington. Her first documentary, The Gallery, is a retrospective of the Traver Gallery and its founder, Bill Traver. 

IG @doodlesandbeef

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