Emerging Artists In Residence Program


Applications for the 2019 EAiR Program have closed. 

The EAiR Program supports artists who are making a transition in their professional lives. Whether moving from academia to a professional studio practice, taking up a new medium, or beginning a new body of work, artists find this independent residency ideal for contemplation, research, and experimentation. The program provides artists with a place and the time to develop an idea or project in glass, with the potential for realizing a new body of work. 

The residency requires a project proposal and supports kilnworking, coldworking, printmaking, and use of mixed media but not hot glassworking. The EAiR program is an independent artist’s residency, so no instruction is available and some glassmaking experience is required.

Residents have access to many Pilchuck studios, including the glass-plate printmaking (vitreography) studio; plaster studio; fusing, slumping, and casting kilns; flameworking torch; and coldworking equipment. No hot glassworking is available.

The residency requires full-time participation by six artists. Residents should expect to partake in communal studio clean-ups and be available to visitors, among other activities.

Included in the residency award is a stipend of US$1,000 per artist, open studio space, shared cooking facilities, and a private room in a cottage with shared bath. Materials, instruction, food, and travel reimbursement are not provided.

For more information, please contact the registrar, at registrar@pilchuck.com or 360.445.3111 ext.29

Pilchuck extends its gratitude to Chihuly Garden and Glass, National Endowment for the Arts, and generous individuals for their support of this program.



Victoria Ahmadizadeh is a multi-disciplinary artist investigating the intersection of language and seeing. She holds an MFA in craft/material studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in glass from Tyler School of Art. Ahmadizadeh was recently a Fellow at the Creative Glass Center of America, WheatonArts and currently lives in Philadelphia.


Allyssa Burch is a visual artist examining the degradation and dysfunction of memory and its connections to the complexities of loss and mourning. Utilizing the relationships between humans and objects, she creates anthropomorphic installations that explore the act of remembering and the employment of coping mechanisms. Burch works in a variety of mediums, including photography, glass, installation and video art. She completed her BFA in studio art at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. She is currently furthering her material sensitivity, working towards her MFA in visual art, emphasis in glass, at Ball State University. 


Su-Yeon Kim is a Korean artist whose work narrates collected memories based on her drawings. She holds an MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in glass and a BFA from Hongik University in ceramics and glass, as well as printmaking. Currently, she is a resident artist in the glass studio at Korea Ceramics Foundation located in Icheon, South Korea. 


H Schenck’s personal work focuses on societal expressions of gender and the influence of mythological narratives. He has received funding from the Dallas Museum of Art and the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (MAC) in Dallas, Texas. In addition to exhibiting internationally, he works as a curator/educator in Dallas, Texas, and collaborates with other artist organizations.


Liesl Schubel was born in Ontario, Canada in 1990. She moved twice while she was young, first to British countryside, then American. Schubel received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2012, majoring in glass. She has since continued traveling, pursuing opportunities to expand her understanding of contemporary art at institutions such as WheatonArts and Cultural Center, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the Chrysler Museum of Art, and Pilchuck Glass School. Schubel currently works as the education coordinator at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, New York, while constantly constructing a body of work built upon romance, structural failure, and the necessity of instability. 


Rebecca Szparagowski received her BFA at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and her MFA at Southern Illinois State University at Carbondale, Illinois. Szparagowski currently maintains her own studio practice in northwest Ohio and works as a studio artist at the Toledo Museum of Arts, Ohio.