Saturday, February 11, 2012

Eastern State Penitentiary: Art Proposals

Deadline: June 13, 2012, 4:00 pm (RECEIVE) or (Hand Delivery)

Art Proposals
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

Philadelphia, PA
2013 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.
• Applicants may not submit previously-rejected proposals.
• Artists must be at least 18 years old. Currently enrolled undergraduate students are ineligible to apply.
• All proposals must be for a site-specific installation.
• These guidelines are for artists who wish to install visual, video or other installation work to remain on view during all public hours at the historic site. The site does host performing arts, films, and speakers’ series. Please contact Sean Kelley at for proposals in the performing or live arts.

Choosing a Location in the Penitentiary Complex:

Artists may apply for any public area in the penitentiary complex for the 2013 season, except Cellblock 2 and the main audio tour route. Some installations, such as Linda Brenner’s Ghost Cats have been sited throughout the penitentiary complex. ESP staff is available to consult on proposed locations.

Funding and Approval:

Funding: The historic site will fund a maximum $7,500.00 per project. This funding indicates approval to exhibit. All projects that are approved will be installed for one full tour season (typically March 15 through November 30), unless the proposal states otherwise. Artists may apply for future installation cycles, and should assume that the same guidelines, deadlines, and funding levels will apply.

Proposal Development: The historic site does not accept proposals for project development. The review committee may offer, at its discretion, development funds to Sapplicants whose proposals look promising, but whose ideas require additional resources to get a better idea of the final direction the work will take.

Extending an Installation: Artists whose work is currently installed may request that the Review Committee extend their installation by one tour season. They are merely required to submit this request in writing by the same deadline that applies to new applications. Many artists have kept work on view for multiple tour seasons through this process.

Download the guidelines:

Sean Kelley
Senior Vice President
Director of Public Programming
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 236-5111 x13