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Creative Co-Working Think Tank – Call For Artists

Creative Co-Working Think Tank – Call For Artists

Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) is looking for creatives to help with interior design ideas, thoughts on decorations, furniture, and space sizes for a Creative Co-Working Think Tank. LEDC will bring the beer and wine. You bring the creative minds and some colorful duck tape, if you have it. LEDC will mark out your floor plan ideas. Come see the space mid-renovation. Call dibs on your studio space.

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Deadline: 29 Nov 2017

The Creative Co-Working Think Tank will be held on Thursday, Nov. 30th at 6-8 pm at 32 E Baltimore Ave, Lansdowne, PA. This event will allow artists to get in on the ground floor of the newest creative co-working space in Delaware County Pennsylvania. If you are looking for creative co-working in a town that has a small-town feel or close proximity to the city of Philadelphia, you will find both in Lansdowne.

Residents and businesses here have many reasons they choose to base themselves in Lansdowne

Low Rent/Home Costs: Whether you’re a young adult renting your first apartment, a new family buying a home, or a senior looking to downsize, Lansdowne is for you. Rents and home prices are lower than many similar communities in Delaware County. According to, about 60% of owners in Lansdowne and 50% of renters pay less than 30% of their income toward housing expenses, a measure of affordability.

Feeling of Community: Events like the Lansdowne Farmers Market, Art Shows, Annual Festivals, Memorial Day 5K race, and parades give our residents a strong sense of community. In our targeted Elm Street neighborhood, the LEDC organizes street cleanups, park beautifications, green initiatives, youth outreach, and healthy community initiatives. These events are great opportunities to become involved in making Lansdowne your community.

Historic Beauty: Lansdowne’s central business district and two separate neighborhoods. The Henry Albertson Subdivision District and Lansdowne Park District can be found on the National Register of Historic Places. Residents love and are proud of the famous, historic architecture.

Easy Access to Philadelphia: A 20-minute regional rail ride or a 13-mile drive to Philadelphia, Lansdowne offers that suburban lifestyle with easy urban access.

Diversity: Lansdowne fosters and promotes a vibrant and inspiring artistic community. It makes up a large portion of residents. Families of all types are welcome here. Freedom from fear of judgment based on religion, culture, and sexual orientation is a fundamental right in Lansdowne.

About The Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation

The LEDC is a nonprofit organization, started in 1998. Its mission is to revitalize the borough of Lansdowne, located seven miles east of Philadelphia. They carry out their mission in several ways:

  • Provide resources and information to new and existing businesses,
  • Recruit new businesses to fill vacancies in the downtown,
  • Host various events such as a weekly farmers market and an annual arts festival which brings visitors and connects residents and businesses, and
  • Promote Lansdowne to potential new residents.

LEDC encourages community involvement through a strong, committed volunteer force. It contributes its time and money to enhancing life and business in Lansdowne.

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Immigration Now – Call For Artists

Immigration Now – Call For Artists

Immigration Now is a juried exhibition that brings together works by artists from a wide range of backgrounds. They explore American immigration through personal experience within the past 30 years. Works may encompass a variety of media and styles, engaging the deeper meanings of transcultural migration to the United States.

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Deadline: 20 Oct 2017

This exhibition will be on view to a diverse student population at Penn State Abington College, which is in a suburb just outside Philadelphia.

It is free to submit entries for this exhibition. Selections will be made by a succession of two jury panels. The first panel consists of Penn State Abington faculty members listed below. A second panel of Penn State Abington students who identify with the immigrant experience will make final selections.

  • H. John Thompson, Art Gallery Director and Lecturer of Art, Penn State Abington College
  • Daniel Oliva, Lecturer of Art, Penn State Abington College
  • Salar Ghahramani J.D., Assistant Professor of Business Law and International Law & Policy, Penn State Abington College

Immigration Now Eligibility

This exhibition is open to all artists working in the theme of US immigration from contemporary personal experience. The contemporary experience as defined by this exhibition includes work that discusses themes, concepts, and events that have occurred within the past thirty years.

  • All media will be considered
  • Works may not exceed eight feet in any dimension
  • All work must be ready for presentation
  • Any special hardware should be provided
  • In the event a work must be assembled, include clear instructions

The Penn State Abington Art Gallery reserves the right to decline work that is misrepresented in its submission or does not include clear instruction or appropriate installation/hanging materials. Artists will be notified of their acceptance status by November 8, 2017

Artist Benefits

Chosen artists for Immigration Now will have the opportunity to exhibit work in a forward-thinking group exhibition that will be on view to a diverse population. Artists’ works will be featured on a college campus that strives to engage many points of view from many first generation college students. Many of whom are first generation Americans. Artists’ works will feature in a conversation already happening on college campuses, but especially on the campus of Penn State Abington College where many students understand firsthand about the immigrant experience. Artists will get to speak to this community and others that exist in the Philadelphia area.

About Penn State Abington Art Gallery

The Penn State Abington Art Gallery is relatively new at about three years old. The mission of the gallery is to bring new work and ideas to a college campus that educates students in a variety of majors. The Art Gallery contributes to the local conversation of the college. It features experimental and contemporary work that are important in the contemporary conversations of the United States. The Penn State Abington Art Gallery services the immediate campus community and the community at large, a suburban area of Philadelphia.

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Glow In The Park – Call For Artists

Glow In The Park – Call For Artists

Fairmount Park Conservancy seeks to commission one artist or artist team to create a temporary outdoor art installation for the 6th annual Glow in the Park. Event to be held at the Reflecting Pool at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center.

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Deadline: 6 Sept 2017

Fairmount Park Conservancy is looking for a piece with a sense of fun, spectacle, and intentionality. The artwork should speak to its setting and create a unique experience for those attending. This commission is part of a larger effort to forge new connections between artists and cultural partners with communities and the public realm. The conservancy is working to engage the power of the arts to enhance treasured city parks and to provide a new lens through which to see, understand, and experience them.

Chosen Glow In The Park artist(s) will receive an artist fee. The total project budget is $7,000 which is inclusive of all artist fees and fabrication costs.

About Fairmount Park Conservancy

Fairmount Park Conservancy exists to champion Philadelphia’s parks. They lead capital projects and historic preservation efforts, foster neighborhood park stewardship, attract and leverage investments, and develop innovative programs. They are located throughout 10,200 acres that include Fairmount Park and more than 100 neighborhood parks around the city. Philadelphia has one of the largest urban park systems in the world. It provides residents with extensive health, environmental, social, economic, and cultural benefits.

Through sustained leadership, significant investment, and strategic efforts, Fairmount Park Conservancy positions Philadelphia’s park system to become a world-class, preeminent park system. It is a national model for urban revitalization, sustainability, and civic engagement.

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2017 Digital Artist In Residence – Call For Artists

2017 Digital Artist In Residence – Call For Artists

The Main Line Art Center (MLAC) announces a call for artists for the 2017 Digital Artist In Residence. It consists of a $1000 award, paid opportunities to engage with MLAC audiences, and a virtual residency.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 27 Jun 2017

Application fee: $30 MLAC Members / $35 Non-Members

The Digital Artist in Residence Program was launched in 2015 in conjunction with Panorama: Image-Based Art in the 21st Century. The focus is on artists utilizing digital technology as a primary medium including video, animation, digital photography, interactive gaming platforms, virtual reality experiences, 360, motion capture applications, video-mapping and projections, and internet-based works.

Adult fine artists utilizing digital technology as a primary medium of their artwork, who are not full-time students, living in the Mid-Atlantic Region are eligible to apply.

The 2017 Digital Artist In Residence does not include a studio or housing. It is intended to be a residency that promotes the artist’s work and provides opportunities for them to have paid engagements with MLAC audiences through teaching, lectures, demonstrations, and virtual experiences for the duration of one year. Artists receive cash award when the residency is completed and must participate in the residency for its entirety. Residency begins in September of 2017 and is completed in August of 2018.

While MLAC offers a limited budget for the presentation of artwork created for the residency. It may not have the capacity to cover all technical needs. Therefore, artists are expected to work with the residency’s budget and resources or provide additional resources on their own. When a specific project for presentation is agreed upon by the artist and MLAC, budget needs and required resources will be determined accordingly.

Application includes digital submission of the following: artist statement, biography, CV, ten images/clips of artwork, and statement of how the artist might engage with MLAC audiences over the course of one year.

The 2016 Digital Artist in Residence was Leo Hylan (Baltimore, MD).

2017 Digital Artist In Residence awards: $1000, public presentation of artwork, and one year virtual residency at Main Line Art Center (Sept. 2017 – Aug. 2018)

About the Main Line Art Center

Main Line Art Center is the Main Line’s home to discover, create, and experience visual art. It is a frequent recipient of Best of Awards for its beautiful galleries and high-quality art instruction. The MLAC’s visual art classes and contemporary and innovative exhibitions stimulate creativity, conversation, and joy. The mission is to inspire and engage people of all ages, abilities, and economic means in visual art through education, exhibitions, and experiences.

Main Line Art Center’s educational offerings span from traditional to contemporary. They are held to the highest level of excellence. In 2015, Main Line Art Center received the Commitment to Cultural Access Award from Art-Reach for the Center’s Accessible Art Programs for children and adults with disabilities. Additionally, the MLAC grants over $12,000 in need-based scholarships annually. Last year they inspired 21,000 people at MLAC and touched the lives of over 78,000 through programs in the community.

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Art Of Music – Call For Artists

Art Of Music – Call For Artists

Beauty Art Gallery announces a call for artists, 18 years old and above, to submit artwork to the Art of Music juried exhibition.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 04-15-2017

Most of us love music, musicians, musical themes, instruments, social experiences of music and so forth. What happens when visual artists depict how music feels or what it means to them? Can your art express the nuances of music? Humankind has a long history of artistic expression. Archaeologists trace these activities to the Paleolithic era with cave paintings and bone flutes dating to about 38,000 BCE. That is a long history and perhaps explains our compulsion to create and admire these forms. The Art of Music exhibition seeks the visual expression of actions, feelings, and moods inspired by music, lyrics, and musical performances.

Entry Fee is $30 for 2 pieces. A third piece may be entered for additional $10. Exhibition juror is Nathan Durnin.

Awards of cash, merchandise, and publicity have a cumulative cash value of more than $1,000. Each award also includes a merit certificate.

  • First Award is $250
  • Second Award is $150 each
  • 3rd Award is $75
  • Juror’s Award for Excellence is $100
  • People’s Choice Award is $50
  • Delaware County Symphony 2017-2018 Season Theme Image Award
  • Honorable Mentions: $50 gift certificate

One work will be selected by DCS’ Brochure Committee for use (via digital format) in a year-long promotion for DCS’ next season. The work and artist will be recognized in a press release and photo, on the website, and in brochures. The artist will also receive a pair of tickets to the season.

About Beauty Art Gallery

At Beauty Art Gallery in Newtown Square, PA, you will find an evolving array of contemporary artist paintings, wall art, and unique gifts. The gallery represents more than 90 artists, fine craftsmen, designers, and small manufacturers of beautiful, funky, and artful things. Month to month, you will find the works of many contemporary artists featured in creative combinations with striking décor, vintage, and up-cycled furnishings. They mount three to four exhibitions annually. Many of the artists specialize in abstract oil paintings or expressionistic works. The gallery has found cityscapes of Philadelphia, modern seascapes, and rural landscapes to be popular among their clients. The juried exhibitions bring in a variety of subjects and styles including primitive and outsider art, works on paper, mixed media, and traditional works. Beyond contemporary artist paintings, they offer art glass, ceramics, sculpture, fabric art, and handmade jewelry.

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Windgate ITE International Residency – Call For Artists

The Windgate ITE International Residency, organized by The Center for Art in Wood, is currently seeking artists for an 8-week, intensive program during which the resident fellows live and work together at the University of the Arts, in downtown Philadelphia.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 30 Dec 2016

The Center selects from an international pool of applicants one photojournalist, one scholar, five artists, and one student artist who work either solely in wood or who work with wood in combination with other materials. ITE is designed as a collegial experience and encourages an open exchange of creative and technical innovations. Residents are able to pursue both individual and collaborative work that is explorative and experimental. The residency runs from the first week of June through the first week of August 2017 and includes several public programs; field trips to artists, collectors, and museums in the region; and culminates in a multidisciplinary exhibition with photos and essays documenting the residency experience. The Center is accepting applications from scholars and student artists for 2017, and in all categories for 2018 and 2019.

Windgate ITE International Residency descriptions:

  • Artists – must work either solely in wood or wood in combination with other materials utilizing multiple techniques and demonstrate artistic innovation, technical know-how, and professional experience.
  • Student artist – is open to current BFA, MFA, undergraduate, or graduate candidates, or applicants one year out from an undergraduate or graduate program, or equivalent formal education.
  • Photojournalist – documents the residents’ experience using the medium of their choice and is free to pursue artistic as well as documentary projects.
  • Scholar/educator – joins the group for one week mid-residency to explore personal research, engage in open discussions; and conduct interviews with the residents about their backgrounds and experimentation during the residency. The intention for this exchange is to stimulate scholarly dialog among the residents and to provide the basis for a written reflection.

Resident fellows receive a $400 weekly stipend; reimbursed roundtrip transportation to Philadelphia; housing at University of the Arts; group use of a mini-van to obtain wood and supplies; and field trips in the mid-Atlantic region to contemporary wood artists, collectors, and craft museums. The Center also offers a modest allowance for special materials and tools. Alumni fellows have particularly valued the opportunity to collaborate and learn new techniques from each other. The exhibition, allTURNatives: Form + Spirit, is a significant showcase for their artwork before and during the program.

Windgate ITE International Residency

About the Center for Art in Wood

The Center for Art in Wood organizes changing exhibitions of contemporary wood art on site and in traveling exhibitions. Since its inception in 1995 the Windgate ITE International Residency has involved over 140 residents from 17 countries. The permanent collection contains 1,100 pieces of artwork from around the world, ranging from functional, every-day objects to contemporary sculptures. The research library consists of over 25,000 books, images, and artists’ files which help preserve the history of wood turning and woodworking and their evolution as a contemporary art form. Over the last two years, the Center mounted 15 exhibitions, published catalogs and books, and offered numerous special exhibition-related events.

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Arc of Luzerne County – Call for Artists with Disability

The Arc of Luzerne County recognizes and celebrates creative abilities of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Individuals with disabilities are eligible to submit digital images of their unique, artistic expression to be exhibited and celebrated.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 16 Dec 2016

This call for artists with disability is about more than just showcasing community artists. It is an opportunity for people with disabilities to support The Arc of Luzerne County’s newest project to recognize creative abilities of those we serve. The project goal is to create a unique product line featuring the work of select artists. The artists whose work is selected will be eligible to receive a commission on the sale of items featuring their unique designs. Proceeds will support The Arc’s mission.

The Arc of Luzerne County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of children and adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families through advocacy, resources, and community education.

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Arc of Luzerne County - Call for Artists with Disability


Artists Image Resource Printwork 2016 – Call For Artists

Artists Image Resource (AIR) announces a call for artists for Printwork 2016, this national juried exhibition is a way to make the best of contemporary printmaking visible to a large audience in the Pittsburgh region.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 16 Oct 2016

Special consideration will be given to socially and politically engaged print work because this is an election year.

Cash awards for Printwork 2016 will be decided and announced by the juror during the opening reception on December, 11 2016. AIR Director, Robert Beckman, and the AIR Board of Directors will choose one artist for an exhibition opportunity.

Artists Image Resource has been supporting engaging and challenging work through its on-going programming since 1996. It is an artist run, non-profit printmaking studio located in an urban neighborhood on the Northside of Pittsburgh, PA. The studio serves as a broad-based print and imaging resource whose purpose is to integrate the creation of fine art printwork with innovative educational programs that explore the creative process.

Artists Image Resource was created to serve professional artists in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Therefore, AIR has created numerous outreach activities and partnerships that serve the community and supports entrepreneurs and other makers with off-the-street access to print and imaging services and facilities. AIR now supports cultural work both in and outside of our region.

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Artists Image Resource Printwork 2016


Outbound: Mobility, Community, Future – Call For Artists

SPOKE magazine is opening a pop-up gallery for November First Friday in Philadelphia featuring work that uses Futurism to address contemporary social issues – Outbound: Mobility, Community, Future.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 25 Oct 2016

SPOKE magazine seeks work that provokes conversations about movement, culture, and the built environment in the context of the Philadelphia community. Artists are encouraged to take a broad view of Futurism itself and how the form can represent new visions for an urban society.

This is a free opportunity to get gallery space on First Friday in Old City. The space is located at 2nd and Vine. The open gallery on Friday will be followed by lectures and panel discussions on Saturday. The work will stay on display throughout the weekend and serve as active material for the talks on Saturday.

SPOKE magazine uses art and design to explore the relationships between people, transportation, and urban spaces. While it primarily takes the form of a print publication, SPOKE is beginning to step into other forms. It seeks to open conversations with other communities and perspectives of the city, hoping to better understand the way Philadelphia moves and grows.

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Outbound: Mobility, Community, Future


Allentown ArtsFest 2016 – Call for Artists

The Alternative Gallery announces a call for artists for Allentown ArtsFest 2016.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 8 Sept 2016

The cost to vend arts and wares is $200, with a $25 electric fee. Splitting a table is allowed and we will waive the electric fee if you refer another vendor.

Allentown ArtsFest 2016 is a fundraiser that supports our arts nonprofit, The Alternative Gallery. This year’s fest runs Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 and we will be celebrating our third year.

Last year we saw over 8,000 attendees throughout the festival which brings all kinds of arts entertainment together for a free-entry outdoor festival that is open to the public. This is an outdoor festival for residents of the Lehigh Valley.

The Alternative Gallery is a nonprofit (501-c3) organization founded in 2012 in Allentown, PA. The mission of the gallery is to strengthen the community through art and education. The Alternative Gallery hosts hundreds of events each year including live music, a weekly open mic, dance competitions, art classes, screenings, workshops, art exhibits, and more.

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Allentown ArtsFest 2016


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