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Pilchuck Glass School Receives Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Grant to Further its Artists-in-Residence Program

February 14, 2014

Pilchuck Glass School Receives Grant to Further its Artists-in-Residence Program.


Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Launches New Allen Distinguished Educators Program

as Part of Latest Grant Cycle


Seattle, Washington. – February 5, 2014 – The Pilchuck Glass School announced that it has received a $105,000 grant from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to support artist residencies at the school’s rural Washington State campus in 2014, 2015, and 2016. 


The grant is one of the 53 grants in the Foundation’s new $6.28 million grant cycle.


The grant will help Pilchuck Glass School continue its unique Artists-in-Residence Program, introducing notable national and international artists with little or no glassworking experience to the medium of glass, increasing the number of professional artists using glass as a means of artistic expression. The Program recruits accomplished artists from a rich variety of specializations to create original works of contemporary art and share their ideas, aesthetics and technical expertise with Pilchuck's students and faculty. The Program increases the number and diversity of accomplished artists utilizing glass, thereby expanding the audience viewing works in the medium.


“Based in pursuing excellence and innovation, Pilchuck's residency programs are distinctive in promoting the use of glass as an artistic medium,” said Pilchuck Executive Director Jim Baker. “We are honored to receive continued support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation in recognition of Pilchuck's role in facilitating the expansion of our national lexicon of contemporary art. With diminishing resources in our national and state governments, these kinds of awards are especially valued and now more important than ever.”


“The goal of our grants is to create meaningful changes in communities by partnering with exceptional organizations and leaders who are bold enough to reinvent the world,” said Susan M. Coliton, vice president of The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. “We are excited to partner with Pilchuck Glass School and support their initiatives to drive meaningful impact in their community.”


Since 1998, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has invested nearly a half billion dollars into improving communities throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond, funding field-changing research and recognizing brave thinkers that have the ability to be catalysts for change. This particular grant cycle is unique because along with awarding 53 grants, the Foundation launch of a new program, Allen Distinguished Educators (ADE). ADE is an award and fellowship program that celebrates and supports innovative teachers with disruptive approaches to entrepreneurship and engineering curriculum.


About Pilchuck Glass School

Founded in 1971 by Dale Chihuly and Anne and John Hauberg, Pilchuck is an internationally recognized school that offers an in-depth education in glass and attracts artists from all over the world. The school is located fifty miles north of Seattle, Washington, in the forested foothills of the Cascade Range, overlooking Puget Sound. Pilchuck’s mission is to inspire creativity and build a thriving artistic community where all program participants–whether student, instructor, artist in residence, intern, assistant, or staff member–are transformed by their experience.


Pilchuck Glass School is supported in part by: Art Works, THE PAUL G. ALLEN FAMILY FOUNDATION, The Artsfund Foundation, Corning Incorporated Foundation, and the Jean K. LaFromboise Foundation


About The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Launched by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen and Jody Allen in 1988, the Allen family’s philanthropy is dedicated to transforming lives and strengthening communities by fostering innovation, creating knowledge and promoting social progress. Since inception, the Foundation has awarded over $494 million to more than 1,400 nonprofit groups to support and advance their critical charitable endeavors in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The Foundation’s funding programs nurture the arts, engage children in learning, address the needs of vulnerable populations, and advance scientific and technological discoveries. For more information, go to www.pgafamilyfoundation.org.

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