Insider’s Guide: Contemporary Craft

Insider’s Guide: Contemporary Craft

See exhibits, take classes and shop local artists where art comes to life

Presenting contemporary art in craft materials by international, national and regional artists since 1971, Contemporary Craft offers innovative exhibitions focused on multicultural diversity and contemporary art, as well as a range of hands-on workshops, community engagement programs and a store featuring artists’ work.

Current Exhibition

Fiberart International 2022, June 3–Aug. 20, 2022

Fiberart International 2022 is the 24th in a series of juried exhibitions held in Pittsburgh and open to textile artists worldwide. It seeks to exhibit the best of contemporary art and invites submissions that reflect a wide range of works related to the fiber medium. The exhibition is recognized around the world as a benchmark that documents trends and innovations in the field. The goal of the exhibition is to include innovative work rooted in traditional fiber materials, structure, processes and history, as well as art that explores unexpected relationships between fiber and other creative disciplines.

Fiberart International is produced by Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, a non-profit, member-supported organization that promotes the appreciation of fiber art and fosters its creative development and continuance.

Upcoming Exhibition

Transformation 11: Contemporary Works in Glass - Sept. 9, 2022–March 18, 2023

This biennial exhibition features 17 national and international glass artists who have been selected as finalists for the 2022 Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize. Transformation 11 will showcase newly created, innovative artworks in glass that demonstrate excellence in the field of contemporary craft.

In conjunction with the exhibition, jurors select the participating artist whose work best displays the tenets of excellence and innovation for the 2022 Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize. The award is accompanied by a $5000 cash prize. The Transformation 11 winner and Honorable Mention recipients will be publicly announced at the exhibition opening reception on Friday, September 9, 2022.

The Studio

Each year, Contemporary Craft’s Studio offers more than 100 classes and workshops in metals/jewelry making, wood, fiber, mixed media, book binding and paper arts at every level from beginner-friendly to mastery. The workshops are taught by talented regional artists as well as outstanding national visiting artists. A full schedule of workshops can be found on their website.

The three Studio spaces can also be rented out for individuals to work in independently with access to unique tools and equipment not normally found in a home studio. Private lessons are also available in the Studio spaces.

The Store

The Contemporary Craft Store represents more than 150 artists nationwide offering handmade, one-of-a-kind functional and decorative artwork such as statement jewelry, unique ceramics, blown glass, handwoven or hand-dyed fiber art and heirloom quality furniture.

Each of these pieces has spent countless hours in the hands of an artist before reaching Contemporary Craft, and each purchase from the Store directly supports the livelihood of working artists and helps advance the economic ecosystem of the craft community.

Shop in-person Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or online.

Drop-In Studio

Contemporary Craft considers families an important part of our community. In recognition of this focus, the Drop-In Studio was created with activities designed for all ages by one of the exhibiting artists in Contemporary Craft’s major exhibition.

The Drop-In Studio is a free, hands-on activity area for adults and children inside Contemporary Craft. The space, which is open during all public hours, encourages visitors of all ages and all skill levels to reach into themselves for the imagination and resources to develop and finish the project.

Admission and Parking

Admission to Contemporary Craft’s exhibitions is always free.

Free parking can be found on Butler Street, 57th Street and a few spaces in the lot behind the building on Berlin Way.

To learn more about Contemporary Craft and stay in the know about upcoming exhibits and workshops, be sure to sign up for email updates on the website and follow along on Facebook and Instagram.