Think Tank


Artist Residency in the U.S.

The Mattress Factory

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mission Founded in 1977, the Mattress Factory is a contemporary art museum and experimental lab featuring site-specific installations created by artists in residence from around the world.

Overview The Mattress Factory’s artistic program is focused on the commission, presentation and collection of new site-specific installations that are developed in residency. Each installation is conceived for and executed in the space in which the public sees it. The work is integrated into the site and depends on its relationship to the setting for its final effect.

Application Requirements 
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Facilities and Grants 
The following support is provided to all artists invited to create new installations under the Museum's Residency Program:
1. Air transportation to and from Pittsburgh
2. Housing, per diem and local transportation
3. All materials and equipment
4. Curatorial support to identify and secure all materials
5. Skilled and unskilled labor during the installation process
6. Marketing and publicity
7. Documentation
8. An opening reception to present the exhibition to the public
9. Honorarium

Application Deadlines
Resident artists are selected by the museum's curators or from occasional open calls. The Mattress Factory does not accept unsolicited applications.