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Artist Proposal Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in Eastern State Penitentiary's art proposal process! We are currently accepting proposals for our 2018 season.

Click here to download the proposal guidelines.

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 with your mailing address and phone number at least 48 hours in advance to Annie Anderson at [email protected]. Space is limited.

2017 Orientation Dates and Times:
Friday, December 30 (2016), 12:00 pm
Saturday, January 14, 12:00 pm
Sunday, March 19, 3:00 pm
Sunday, April 9, 11:00 am
Saturday, April 29, 10:00 am
Friday, May 5, 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 20, 11:00 am
Saturday, June 3, 11:00 am

Proposal Deadline (for all funding and approvals):
Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 4:00 pm
At Eastern State Penitentiary:

Art Proposals - 2018 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 15, 2017 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 Interpretation and Public Programming
[email protected]
(215) 236-5111 x213

Additional Resources:
Sample Proposals

Past Installations
Virtual Art Orientation

2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner