Monday, February 09, 2015

Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Open Call for Pennsylvania’s Fine Artists

Deadline: March 2, 2015 {ONLINE}

Open Call for Pennsylvania’s Fine Artists
Expansion Art Acquisition Project

Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority
Philadelphia, PA

In March 2011, the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority expanded its building by 62 percent, making it the 14th largest facility in the nation with the largest ballroom in the Northeast. The budget for the Expansion project included funding to enhance and extend the facility’s Fine Arts collection into the new space. More than $1.2 million was approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to be spent on a Fine Arts Program that includes the selection, the procurement, and the installation of artwork within the expanded area.

The PCCA has partnered with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency that fosters an appreciation of the arts, to administer the Center’s “Open Call” competition for artwork via online submissions through “Slideroom.”


To qualify, artists must have their primary residence in Pennsylvania at the time their work is purchased or commissioned. Applications may be submitted individually or in collaboration with other artists. Only electronic applications submitted through Slideroom will be accepted. Late submissions will not be considered.

Artwork must be of a scale, quality, and durability deemed by the Expansion Art Committee to be appropriate and able to withstand long-term exhibition in the Convention Center. Artwork does not need to be of scenery nor of landscape locations in Pennsylvania. Artwork of any media will be considered, including, but not limited to: paintings, drawings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, furniture, and time-based work including video. Performance based works are not eligible for this project. All artwork will be installed inside the Convention Center.

Jurors and Expansion Art Committee members will not discriminate against any applicant artist on the basis of age, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or physical challenges.


All Pennsylvania artists are encouraged to submit an application for consideration online through Slideroom. To participate in this “Open Call” competition, please submit an application at or by Monday, March 2, 2015, 11:59PM EST.

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Artists with questions on how to submit an application of their work via Slideroom should send an electronic inquiry via email to Tara Waltenbaugh with the PCCA at or Seth Poppy with the PCA at The subject line of the email must read: “PCCA Open Call for Artwork.”

The Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107