Pittsburgh Glass Center

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Pittsburgh Glass Center
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Pittsburgh Glass Center logo
Pittsburgh Glass Center is located in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Glass Center
Location within Pittsburgh
Established 2001[1]
Location 5472 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206
Coordinates 40°27′51″N 79°55′59″W / 40.464187°N 79.932919°W / 40.464187; -79.932919
Website www.pittsburghglasscenter.org

The Pittsburgh Glass Center is a gallery, glass studio, and public-access school dedicated to teaching, creating and promoting studio glass art.[1][2] It is located on Penn Avenue in the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. It has features works by Paul Joseph Stankard and classes taught by Dante Marioni, Davide Salvadore, and Cesare Toffolo.[3]

The origins of the Pittsburgh Glass Center date to 1991, when David Stephens, then visual-arts officer of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, approached glass artists Ron Desmett and Kathleen Mulcahy, then a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, about the idea of a center for studio glass.[3] It was originally to have been the Elizabeth Glass Center in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania.[4] However, by 1999, the plans had changed and the center was re-oriented to Pittsburgh.[4] It was officially opened in 2001.[1]

The current facility in Garfield is LEED-certified.[5] Its development has aided the growth of Garfield, especially with the adjacent Glass Lofts residential development.[5]

In fall 2010, the Pittsburgh Glass Center entered into talks with Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.[6] By May 2011, the talks had failed, with the Pittsburgh Glass Center withdrawing from negotiations.[6]

In 2012, the Glass Center purchased residential housing adjacent to its main gallery space to be used as student and artist-in-residence housing.[7]

By 2012, the center had a $1 million budget, with 10 full-time employees.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "About Us". pittsburghglasscenter.org. Pittsburgh Glass Center. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ Abels, Caroline (Oct 12, 2000). "New Glass Center to Restore Art Form's Shine". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Shaw, Kurt (June 19, 2011). "Pittsburgh Glass Center celebrates a decade of art and artists". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Ravasio, Mary (September 1, 1999). "Glass Center Project to be Relocated". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Pitz, Marylynne (March 29, 2012). "Filmmakers/center for arts to merge with glass center". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Tascarella, Patty (May 31, 2011). "Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh Glass Center cancel merger talks". Pittsburgh Business Times. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ Thomas, Mary (December 5, 2012). "Pittsburgh Glass Center acquires Penn Avenue house for artists, students". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 15, 2013.