There are 16 artist installations currently on view. The projects were chosen for their ability to address Eastern State’s primary themes—including perspectives on the contemporary American criminal justice system and the penitentiary’s fascinating past—with a memorable, thought-provoking approach.
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site has commissioned site-specific artist installations since 1995. To date, more than 100 artists have created work for the penitentiary.
Artist installations are accessible to all historic site visitors and are included with admission.
Artist Proposal Guidelines
Thank you for your interest in Eastern State Penitentiary's artist proposal process! The proposal window for our 2024 season closed on Wednesday, June 14, 2023. More information about the proposal cycle for 2025 will be shared sometime in early 2024.