Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh

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Founded in 1944, the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh is one of the region’s most venerable and respected artists’ organizations and has earned a longstanding reputation for service and excellence in the arts. The Craftsmen’s Guild holds a seat on the Guilds Council and has been a resident guild of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts for over 50 years. Guild membership spans a talented and diverse array of skilled artists and craftspeople working in all three dimensional craft media, as well as certain two dimensional media including handmade paper crafts and wall-hung textiles.

Under its current leadership, the Craftsmen’s Guild has rededicated its efforts to build and preserve a strong and interactively flexible organization, both within the Guild itself and in the greater arts community, including the PF/PCA, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Touchstone Center for Crafts. In addition, and in service to the Guild’s mission, we have set two watchwords by which our actions are motivated and guided: quality and mentoring. The Guild’s commitment to maintaining the highest possible standards of quality and integrity is manifest in its signature annual event, A Fair in the Park, as well as in all other Guild exhibitions. In the pursuit of mentoring and art education, the Guild regularly sponsors classes and workshops, as well as providing individual mentoring as circumstances merit. Additionally, many Guild members serve as instructors at the PCA and Touchstone Center for Crafts, as well as in other art education programs.

Entry into the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh is by rigorous jury process. Artists/craftspeople working in any of the eligible craft media (see Website) may apply; applicants must live within 100 miles of Pittsburgh. Screenings are held annually, usually in the spring at the PCA. Details are posted prior to the screening on the PF/PCA Website and Guild Website: