Wednesday, April 14, 2010

At Eastern State Penitentiary: Artist Proposals

Deadline: June 15, 2010, 4:00 pm (RECEIVE) or (Hand Delivery)

Eastern State Penitentiary

Artists' Proposal
Philadelphia, PA
2011 Season

• Collaborative proposals are permitted; individuals may submit only one proposal per year (whether alone or as part of a collaboration).
• Artists who have previously exhibited at the site must wait five years before submitting a proposal for a new installation.
• Currently enrolled undergraduate students are ineligible to apply.
• All proposals must be for a site-specific installation.

Choosing a Location in the Penitentiary Complex:
Artists may apply for any area in the penitentiary complex for the 2011 season, except Cellblock 2 and the audio tour route (indicated on our site map/ brochure with a red line). Some installations, such as Linda Brenner’s Ghost Cats have been sited throughout the penitentiary complex.

Funding and Approval:
Funding: The historic site will fund a maximum $7,500.00 per project. This funding includes approval to exhibit during the next exhibition cycle. All projects that are approved will be installed for one full tour season (March through November), unless the artist proposal states otherwise.

Proposal Development: The historic site no longer accepts Proposal Development applications. The Review Committee may offer, at their discretion, development funds for applicants whose applications look promising, but whose ideas require additional resources to get a better idea of the final direction the work will take.

Orientation: We recommend that artists begin the proposal process by attending an art orientation tour. These tours give the artists a chance to walk through the space, discuss what makes a successful proposal, ask questions, and observe visitors interacting with the current artist installations. There is no need to call in advance. Simply check in at the historic site ticket office ten minutes prior to the start of the orientation tour. There is no charge.

Remaining 2010 Orientation Dates & Times:
Wednesday, April 21 at 3:30 pm
Saturday, May 15 at 1:30 pm
Wednesday, June 2 at 6 pm
Sunday, June 6 at 11 am

Visit website for complete details:

Download Artist Proposal Guidelines: [TWO FORMATS]

Eastern State Artist Proposal Guidelines DOC

Eastern State Artist Proposal Guidelines PDF
Sean Kelley, Program Director,, (215) 236-5111 x13

At Eastern State Penitentiary:
Attn: Sean Kelley
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130