The Mattress Factory was founded in 1977 by artists to support artists as they work in residence to create and exhibit site-specific installations. Since then, the museum has supported and exhibited new work by more than 750 artists from the Pittsburgh region and around the world—often from places in a state of flux, such as Eastern Europe, East Asia, Cuba, India, Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Middle East. The Mattress Factory provides all artists with the space, materials, assistance and freedom to explore new ideas, take artistic risks, engage the community and create remarkable works of art that help us see our world in new ways. The museum’s mission is to provide artists with an integrated residency and exhibition program, educate and provide access so that everyone can appreciate the multi-disciplinary creative process of today’s artists, and energize its urban community through artistic and education programs.
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