Art Proposals - 2018 Season, Eastern State Penitentiary

Jan 31, 2017 - Jun 14, 2017

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

2027 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Phone Number: 215-236-5111 x213
Contact: Sean Kelly,

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is currently accepting proposals for its 2018 season of site-specific artist installations. We're again offering two funding levels: $7,500 per standard project, and $15,000 per Criminal Justice Today project.

The deadline for proposals is June 14, 2017. For guidelines and to apply, visit

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 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
(215) 236-5111 x213

Additional Resources:
Sample Proposals
Past Installations
Virtual Art Orientation

Event Type: Call for Entry