tough art residency

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is dedicated to fostering the talent and innovation of artists as experience makers.


2019 Tough Art residency program

The Tough Art Residency Program, which began in 2007, looks to expand the skills of established and emerging artists, which in turn meets a great need in the museum field – artists whose work becomes accessible to a larger public through experience in one of the toughest venues for art: a children’s museum.

This residency offers a $5,000 honorarium, $3,500 materials budget, access to fabrication facilities, marketing and documentation services, and an opening reception. Out-of-town artists are provided with housing and transit to/from Pittsburgh. 

We encourage submissions from artists who represent the broad spectrum of the greater artist community, including emerging artists with demonstrated capabilities. We seek submissions from artists who represent the broad spectrum of the greater artist community. We value diversity in age, gender, ethnicity and gender expression as well as diversity in medium.

2019 Tough Artists



exhibition/programming proposal submissions

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is always looking for new artists to work with! The expansion of our campus into Museum Lab will provide even more spaces to exhibit and program.

Have a good idea? Click the button below to submit a exhibition and/or programming proposal.

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art in the museum

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh prides itself on its art collection and work we do with fine artists. We understand the value that the arts have on early childhood development and put great emphasis on being a cultural institution that bridges the gap between children and the fine art world. Check out this page to view artworks currently on display.