Mattress Factory

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Mattress Factory is a leading contemporary art museum and international residency program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that supports artists while they create site-specific artwork.

Mattress Factory was founded in 1977, by artists, to support artists working in residence to create site-specific installations. Since then, the museum has presented and commissioned new works by more than 750 artists. The museum supports established and emerging artists through a residency program that provides guidance, resources and opportunities to create artwork that is unconventional, challenging and thought-provoking. Mattress Factory's flexibility and inventiveness allows artists to respond to developments in technology, explore audience interaction, and challenge traditional artistic ideals and practice.

The unparalleled support that artists receive from Mattress Factory, while working in residence, often results in the production of extraordinary artwork that propels the artist’s career and significantly impacts the field of contemporary art. Mattress Factory exhibitions present new works by critically-acclaimed regional, national and international artists.

 The following support is provided to all artists in residence:

  • Artist honorarium  
  • Production and materials budget  
  • Transportation to and from Pittsburgh  
  • Accommodation in Mattress Factory residence 
  • Per diem during on-site installation  
  • Fabrication and production support  


Mattress Factory