Artist Opportunities

Our opportunities for visual artists will be expanding as we open new facilities and launch new festivals. Below you’ll find all of the applications you’ll need to get us involved with your art! We’ll be adding more applications and opportunities as we hammer out details for our many new and exciting events. Good times!

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NEW! Create + Connect Skateboard Design Competition

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In partnership with HomeBase610, Lost Soul Skateboards & Lehigh Valley Apparel Creations

August 10-12, Musikfest: Familienplatz

View and vote for your favorite skate deck design created by local emerging artists based on the theme of community. Finalists will have the opportunity to collaborate with local businesses and gain experience in the production and design process, including a limited edition printing of skateboards.

Call for Art! 8th Annual InVision Juried Exhibition

The American Experience

October 27, 2018-December 12, 2018

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Deadline: September 23

The 8th Annual InVision Juried Exhibition calls for photography and photo-based art that captures the beauty and splendor of the American experience. How can photography and art capture the diversity of the American landscape, its culture, community, families, industry, landscape, architecture, history, politics and society? Contemporary photography takes many forms, and we are open to all photography, digital imaging, film/video, and lens-based installation work. *

ArtsQuest is hosting its 8th Annual InVision Festival on Nov. 2-4, 2018 at the Banana Factory Arts Center. The InVision Festival is a premier photo-based art festival that is designed to foster excitement and dialogue between a diverse group of participants around learning about and making art. The 3-day festival and complementary year-long programming provides professional development, networking and hands-on workshops for photographers, image-based artists, creative entrepreneurs, makers and DIYers. InVision Festival leverages the unique attractions, history and landscape of the surrounding region and celebrates its diverse artistic and cultural community.

The Juror for the 8th Annual InVision Juried Exhibition is Harris Fogel. Mr. Fogel is an Associate Professor of Photography, and director/curator of the two photo galleries (the Sol Mednick Gallery and Gallery 1401) at the University of the Arts. He is a documentary and fine-art photographer with an extensive background in digital imaging, criticism, photojournalism, and photo history. Fogel has directed, curated, and organized more than 250 photography exhibitions over the past 20 years. His own work can be found in the collections of many museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute; the International Center of Photography; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France; and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. Fogel’s artist books are found in the library of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He is host and executive producer of Mac Edition Radio, an online resource for technology, photography, music, audio, and digital imaging. He has lectured on photography around the country and in Europe for the U.S. Department of State.

* Juried exhibition is open to regional artist from PA,NJ,NY,DE,MD,OH, and DC

Awards: (cash prizes to winners)

Best in Show Photography = $750
Best in Show Photo-Based Art = $750
2nd place = $500
3rd place = $250
Honorable Mention

Award winners will be announced during the InVision First Friday on November 3 from 6PM-9PM.

Each artist can submit up to 3 images (high resolution preferred (300dpi), JPEG required) along with a brief CV, bio, and statement/narrative for jurying. The statement/narrative must include how photography was used in the pieces submitted. A Non-Refundable Entry Fee is $35 for up to 3 submissions. Artist Collective price is $25 for up to 3 submissions.

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InVision College Photography Exhibition

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Deadline: September 30

ArtsQuest is hosting its 8th annual InVision Photo-Based Art Festival Nov. 2-4, 2018. Last year marked the expansion of InVision into photo-based art and the inclusion of applied photography to various creative projects, in additional to traditional photographic mediums. During the InVision Festival artists, photographers, and creative entrepreneurs from all over the tristate area and beyond come together to enjoy a weekend of workshops, presentations, exhibition openings, and more.

An integral part of the festival again this year is the annual College Exhibition. This exhibition in our Hallway to the Arts is a special juried exhibition highlighting the artistic talents of students currently enrolled in college. This exhibition is an excellent opportunity for students to exhibit their works in a professional setting with thousands of visitors seeing the works during the duration of the show, and for the first time will also welcome photo-based art in addition to fine art photography.

The juror for this exhibit will be Stephen Perloff. Stephen Perloff is the founder and editor of The Photo Review, a critical journal of international scope publishing since 1976, and editor of The Photograph Collector, the leading source of information on the photography art market. He has taught photography and the history of photography at numerous Philadelphia-area colleges and universities and has been the recipient of two grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for arts criticism. He was the recipient of the Sol Mednick Award for 2000 from the Mid-Atlantic region of the Society for Photographic Education, the first annual Vanguard Award from the Philadelphia Center for the Photographic Image in 2007, and the Colin Ford Award for Curatorship from the Royal Photographic Society in 2012. His photographs have appeared in numerous exhibitions and reside in many museum and private collections, including those of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the George Eastman Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Lehigh University, and Haverford College.

In addition, the juror will select 3 photographs that will receive prizes and will also indicate any special honorable mentions. The final decision regarding the suitability of all artwork included in the exhibition will be made by the curator at the time of the installation.

Each student may submit up to 3 images (high resolution, 300dpi preferred, JPEG required) online or in a mailed packet for jurying. Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S copyright laws. Any nudity is prohibited, due to the public nature of the exhibition space. A Non-Refundable Entry fee is $25 for up to 3 submissions.

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Call for Silent Auction Entries for Glass Blast 2018

Glass Blast is an annual fundraising party that provides educational opportunities for the Lehigh Valley community through the support of the year-round operation of the ArtsQuest Glass Studio. As the glass studio’s only annual fundraiser, it provides a unique opportunity for artists to have proceeds from the sale of their works go directly to the glass community.

  • All applications must be received by July 30th, 2018
  • We request that all works have a retail value of $150 or above
  • Artists receive 50% of the sale value within four weeks following the event.
  • Artwork will be juried by the Glass Blast Committee based on images, descriptions, and prices submitted.

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Artist Collective

$50/$45 ArtsQuest Members

The Artist Collective is designed to celebrate and support the creative community by providing networking, professional development and career opportunities for visual artists.

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Become a Banana Factory Artist!

ArtsQuest’s Banana Factory jury selected resident artist program offers low-cost working studios to area artists. ArtsQuest is seeking artists who are committed to their work, and to being a part of a community that believes in and promotes art. Interested individuals should submit an application including a statement of intent, current, artist resume and at least 10-20 images of work. If selected for interview, artists will be asked to provide a minimum of 5 pieces of original work for review. Artists selected for the resident artists’ program are regularly reviewed to maintain the highest level of work and dedication to the art community.


Low cost, subsidized studios. Studios vary in size from 200- to 900-sq. ft., with 24/7 access for artists.

Teaching Opportunities

Resident artists may teach courses at the Banana Factory, including courses they design and develop themselves.

Exhibition Opportunities

There are many opportunities to show work in the galleries and public spaces of the Banana Factory, including the Annual Artists’ Show.

Working Facilities

Resident artists have access to all of the creative facilities at the Banana Factory, including a dark room, hot glass shop, ceramics studio, digital photo lab and more.

For more information, please contact:

The Visual Arts and Education Coordinator @ 610-332-1300 or


If you’re looking to have an exhibition at the Banana Factory arts center, please fill out our application form.

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Studio Applications

“How do I get a studio” is one our most frequently asked questions. Well, it’s an incredibly competitive process, because studio space is limited. We keep an active waiting list, so if you’d like to be considered for a studio click the link below and fill out the form.

Emerging artists who have a strong community mindset are strongly encouraged to apply!

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Teaching at the Banana Factory

Interested in Teaching Art?

The Banana Factory is a community arts and education center focused on providing the community with artistic and cultural experiences. We offer a wide variety of arts classes for all skill levels and ages.

We are reaching out to our community in search of new teachers who can bring new and exciting classes to our students! Specific classes we’re looking for teachers for are:

  • Pastels
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Jewelry Design & Fabrication
  • Printmaking/Screenprinting
  • Ceramics
  • Children’s after-school classes

If you are interested in teaching art classes at The Banana Factoryin any type of media, please fill out the form below.

*You will receive a confirmation email indicating that your form has been received.

The form may take a few minutes to submit, because of all the attachments that have to get uploaded.

Please be patient and stay on this page (and don’t refresh). You’ll know when it submits, cause you’ll be redirected to another page!

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