The Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh has represented a long-standing tradition of excellence in artistry and craft for over 70 years. Our membership is comprised of the foremost artists/craftspeople in the Pittsburgh region. Admission to the Guild is by a rigorous jury process at a New Member Screening. The jurors are members of the Craftsmen's Guild and are recognized experts in their recognized medium. Work is evaluated on craftsmanship, artistry, design, originality, and creative use of materials.
All members of the Craftsmen's Guild are entitled to the following benefits:
- Automatic acceptance into the Craftsmen's Guild's annual arts festival, A Fair in the Park.
- Eligibility to participate in certain exhibitions at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
- Periodic opportunities to sell work in "Pop-up Shop" style galleries.
- A $15 discount on an Individual or Family Membership at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Visit the PCA website to learn more about PCA Member benefits.
- A $25 discount on an Artist Membership with the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. Visit the GPAC website to learn more about GPAC Member benefits.
Any artist/crafts person who lives within a 100 mile radius of Pittsburgh, PA (please consult the map at the bottom of the page), and who works in any three dimensional craft medium, as well as certain two dimensional mediums (fiber and hand made paper arts) may apply. All work must be conceived, designed and created entirely by the applicant. No work made totally or partially from kits or pattern books will be considered.
Current Guild members in good standing now have the opportunity to screen into the Guild in their new new medium at no charge. If accepted you annual dues will cover all screened mediums and all screened mediums will be accepted for A Fair in the Park with one application fee.
Please note that Jewelry is considered its own medium. That is to say that if you exhibit any jewelry at A Fair in the Park, regardless of the material with which it is made, you MUST either be screened into the Guild in jewelry or you MUST submit a second application for A Fair in the Park (and a second application fee) in the jewelry category.
NEW MEMBER SCREENING 2017
Fall screening October2017 (date to be announced)
Spring Screening 2018(Date to be announced)
TIME: Drop off work between 10:30am and 11:00am.
WHERE: New Member Screenings are held at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, on the corner of Fifth and Shady Avenues, in Shadyside, Pittsburgh. The jury process takes from 3 to 4 hours, and you will be notified at drop off at what specific time to return for pick up. Please note: applicants may not be present during the screening.
WHAT TO BRING: Six pieces of your original artwork produced within the past three years. Pieces selected should be cohesive as a body of work and be representative of your personal style. Tabletop display will be available for most work. Please also bring a short bio/artist statement describing the key elements of your process.
HOW TO APPLY: Complete the online application (link below). Because our team of jurors spends a significant amount of time reviewing each applicant's work, we must limit the number of participants at each screening. Therefore, we are unable to accept walk-in applicants the day of the screening.
COST: There is a $15 non-refundable application fee.
QUESTIONS: If you have any questions, please email Artie Reitmeyeremail at: firstname.lastname@example.org