Thank you for your interest in Eastern State Penitentiary's artist proposal process!
Due to budgetary constraints caused by the temporary closure of our historic site (due to COVID-19), we’ve had to limit art proposals to the $7,500 funding level. We will not be accepting any proposals at the $15,000 funding level this year.
Click here to download the proposal guidelines.
We strongly recommend that applicants begin the proposal process by attending an art orientation. These informal tours/conversations give artists a chance to learn about the space, discuss what makes a proposal successful, and ask questions. There is no charge for attending an art orientation.
Due to ongoing public health concerns related to the novel coronavirus, all in-person art orientations have been cancelled. Instead, we are offering virtual art orientations via the video platform Zoom.
2021 Virtual Art Orientation Dates:
- Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET
- Monday, April 12, 2021 - 12:30 - 1:30 pm ET
- Friday, May 21, 2021 - 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Please sign up for these virtual art orientations by emailing us at least two days in advance at the following address: [email protected]. We will reply with the link for the Zoom meeting. If you are unable to attend a live, virtual art orientation, you can watch a pre-recorded orientation here.
You do not need to have a Zoom account to join these orientations, but you will have to download Zoom onto your computer, tablet, or smartphone before joining the meeting. Zoom has a one-minute video about how to join a meeting here. Due to our limited staff capacity, Eastern State cannot provide technical assistance with Zoom.
Proposal Deadline & Submission
The deadline to submit proposals is Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 11:59 pm ET.
Proposals can be uploaded electronically. A link to the submission portal will be available on this page by May 1, 2021.
If it is difficult or impossible to access the internet or submit a proposal online, please write, call, or email us. Exceptions are possible, evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
Artist Proposals – 2022 Season
2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130
- Pre-recorded virtual art orientation
- Sample Proposals
- Linda Brenner’s proposal for The Ghost Cats, 2004.
- Dayton Castleman’s proposal for The End of the Tunnel, 2005.
- Ruth Scott Blackson's proposal for No Trace Without Resistance, 2015.
- Emily Waters' proposal for America's Ten Worst Prisons: The Plate Collection, 2015.
- Jesse Krimes' proposal for Apokaluptein16389067:II, 2015
- Current Installations
- Past Installations