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Pilchuck Glass School Announces Christopher Taylor as Executive Director

"For years I have admired Pilchuck Glass School and the many artists who credit its renowned educational experience and unique environment in their development ... To be a part of Pilchuck’s rich historic timeline and partner with board and staff to develop its future is an incredible opportunity" - Christopher Taylor, incoming Executive Director

Pilchuck Glass School has announced the appointment of Christopher R. Taylor as incoming Executive Director. Taylor was chosen to lead the school as it approaches its 50th anniversary (2021) and beyond. Taylor’s career is one that is rooted in service to the arts, with over two decades in arts administration. He’ll join Pilchuck later this spring as he steps down from his position as President for The Clay Studio (TCS) in Philadelphia, a role Taylor has held since 2011. In his tenure at TCS, Taylor is credited with significant organizational growth, audience expansion efforts, and unprecedented fundraising successes; a unique skillset that will aid Pilchuck Glass School as it looks towards expanding outreach programs to youth and underserved groups in the region.

Kent Carlson, Pilchuck Board President, shared the Board's gratitude for retiring Executive Director Jim Baker's "nearly eight-year tenure [and] contributions and service to the school; including the expansion of programs and scholarship support, major campus facility and equipment improvements/upgrades, revitalization of the annual art auction, and introduction of a vibrant exhibition space in Seattle." Baker announced his retirement last fall, after seven years of stewarding the organization.


Pilchuck Glass School was founded in 1971 by glass artist Dale Chihuly and patrons Anne Gould Hauberg and John H. Hauberg. What began as a one-summer glassblowing workshop has grown into the world’s most comprehensive center for glass art education. Thanks to the vision of the founders and the enthusiasm and dedication of all who have come to the campus, Pilchuck now hosts hundreds of students and artists each summer and is guided by a forty-member Board of Trustees.

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