Artist Submissions

Interested in being a 2017 CSA PGH artist?

Here's everything you need to know: 


For questions contact:

Aisha White

CSA PGH Application due May 15th, 2017



What is CSA PGH?

Community Supported Art Pittsburgh (CSA PGH) is a program that builds lasting relationships with artists and cultural consumers. Not unlike the boxes of fruit and vegetables that one might get from a local farm as an agricultural CSA, the CSA PGH creates “shares” of art to feed the public’s cultural appetite.

In 2017, six juried artists will be commissioned to produce one edition-able work in a quantity of 20. Artists receive a $800 stipend to cover the cost of materials, production and labor. Examples of creations might include photographs, small paintings or cast sculpture. These artworks will be collated, and packaged into individual shares. Each share will include one work from each of the artists, and 20 identical shares will be sold to the public.

This simple program brings numerous benefits to the city of Pittsburgh and the local arts community. Artists receive support for the creation of new work, as well as exposure and distribution. CSA members receive multiple works from local artists. This will aid in expanding or beginning a new art collection, thus becoming an integral part of the growing Pittsburgh Arts Community. All of this promotes the idea that Pittsburgh is a city that supports and sustains its artists.

We are not alone. CSA PGH is modeled on a Community Supported Art project created by Springboard for the Arts and in Minneapolis, MN.  CSA PGH is part of a larger national artist-driven trend to actively build the arts communities that they deserve and desire.


Why a CSA?

CSA PGH is an artist driven outreach model designed to connect with an audience through the production of quality, affordable local art. While Pittsburgh has a vibrant array of museum and non-profit opportunities, many would-be supporters don’t fully realize the depth and the quality of artists that make Pittsburgh their home. Share-buyers not only take an active role in supporting the vibrant and growing arts community economically but also get to know the local artists who created the works that comprise their CSA PGH share. CSA PGH strengthens the ties between all of the arts community stakeholders.



The 2017 CSA PGH shares will be released September 22nd at the Small Mall market in Space Gallery. Shareholders can pick up their 2017 CSA packages and peruse through local arts vendors to purchase additional art! Participating CSA PGH artist past and present will be invited to table at the event.



  • May 15th- Applications are due

  • May 20th-May 25th  1st round selected

  • June 25th- Prototype is due

  • July 1st- Final 6 are selected

  • September 5th- Final editions due

  • September 22nd- CSA launch at the Small Mall



To apply for consideration in the CSA PGH program please submit the following materials via the form below and email to by May 15th, 2015.


Please submit the following materials via the form on website:

  • Contact information

  • Link to your website or photo sharing site.

  • A brief artist’s statement and proposal for the work you would create for the project. Tell us why your idea is a good fit for the Community Supported Art program? (One page max.)

Please submit the following via email:

  • A sample of your current work: 8 images at 72 dpi jpegs, 900 pixels or less in the longest direction (please email after submitting your form to


Application details:

CSA PGH is seeking proposals for the 2017 season. Proposals should be for editioned work made exclusively for CSA PGH- the work cannot be reproduced and sold outside of the edition and artists  cannot submit existing work. While we have no media restrictions, we suggest that you consider the budget and idea of the community supported art in your proposal. We strive to create a share that has very diverse works included. Past shares have presented  2D, 3D, and 4D work that was formal, conceptual, and utilitarian. (check out past work examples here)

Selected artist will be asked to create work in an edition of 20 pieces and be compensated $800. This stipend should cover your materials and time. CSA PGH does not want to undervalue your work, so please propose something with this budget in mind. The Editions must be completed by September 5th, 2017.

Applications are due May 15th. 12 selected artists will be notified between May 20th and 25th, and asked to submit a prototype of the proposed work by June 25th. Artist will be compensated $150 for the prototype. 6 finalists will be selected for the 2017 CSA season and notified by July 1st.


Chosen artists will receive half of the full stipend ($400) upon acceptance of contract. Second half of stipend ($400) to be paid on completion of work, full stipend totaling $800. CSA PGH staff will conduct at least one studio visit during production time and discuss final packaging for distribution. Participants will also have the opportunity to sell other wares at the CSA PGH Small Mall in September with the release of the 2017 Shares.



Applicants must be a resident of the greater Pittsburgh area, 21 and over.



For questions regarding the program or application process

Aisha White


CDCP Office:



Casey Droege

Executive Director

Casey Droege Cultural Productions



Submission Form

After filling out the form, please send all images to

Name *
Phone *
Tell us about your work, your idea and why it would be a good fit for CSA PGH.
Final participants receive $800 for production and their fee. Please list out how you would use that money- be specific.