Art Proposals - 2016 Season

Thank you for your interest in Eastern State Penitentiary's art proposal process! We are currently accepting proposals for our 2016 season.




Art Orientations
We strongly recommend that artists begin the proposal process by attending an artist orientation. These informal tours/conversations give the artists a chance to experience the space, discuss what makes a successful proposal, ask questions, and observe visitors interacting with the current artist installations.

Please let us know if you plan to attend an artist orientation by sending an email at least 48 hours in advance to Sean Kelley at [email protected]. Space is limited.

Orientation Dates and Times:
Saturday, December 27, 2014, 11:00 am
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 11:00 am
Friday, February 6, 2015, 11:00 am
Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 3:00 pm
Tuesday, March 3, 3:00 pm
Sunday, March 15, 3:00 pm
Wednesday, April 8, 3:00 pm
Friday, April 10, 3:00 pm
Sunday, April 12, 11:00 am
Friday, May 1, 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 9, 11:00 am
Friday, May 15, 3:00 pm
Saturday, June 6, 11:00 am

Proposal Deadline (for all funding and approvals):
Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 4:00 pm
At Eastern State Penitentiary:

Art Proposals - 2016 Season
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130

The deadline is for arrival at the site, not for a postmark. Please mail your application with sufficient time to arrive at Eastern State before the deadline. Applicants may also drop off proposals at the site between 10 am and 5 pm daily.

Grace Period:
There is a 24-hour grace period for all applications. Applications received after 4 pm on Thursday, June 18, 2015 will not be reviewed.

Please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard if you would like confirmation that your package was received. All applicants will be notified of the review committee’s decision by email in the fall.

Sean Kelley
Senior Vice President, Director of Public Programming
[email protected]
(215) 236-5111 x13

Additional Resources:
Sample Proposals
Past Installations
Virtual Art Orientation