Artist Collective

$50/$45 ArtsQuest Members

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


  • Networking events for visual artists and collectors
  • Professional Development & Art Appreciation Workshops
  • Teaching Artist Opportunities for education and outreach programs
  • Artwork Commission Opportunities
  • Discounts for special Artist Collective classes and workshops
  • Special First Friday events and access to Banana Factory Resident Artists
  • Annual juried Visual Artist Collective Exhibition
  • Additional juried exhibitions and competitions including ArtPOP Billboard Competition, InVision PA Photographer’s & College Exhibitions, Musikfest Sculpture Garden and more
  • Listing on Banana Factory website with image, bio and link to personal web page
  • Access to open studio hours
  • Artist mentorship programs for emerging artists

Call for Entries: Mural Proposals for the SouthSide Arts District Mural Arts Project: A Temporary, Parachute Cloth Mural Showcase along the South Side Greenway

A Public Art Project funded by the Lehigh Valley Arts Council and a Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Project Stream Grant

Administered by ArtsQuest, the SouthSide Arts District and Lehigh University

Deadline: March 18

A collaborative effort led by ArtsQuest, the SouthSide Arts District, and Lehigh University, seeks proposals from local artists to design parachute cloth murals for temporary display along the South Side Greenway and permanent installation on buildings in Bethlehem, PA. This effort is meant to build on public art initiatives throughout the SouthSide, and help reinforce the burgeoning SouthSide Arts District. Selected artists will work with community-based partners and stakeholders to refine their designs and will create the work as part of the SouthSide Arts & Music Festival in April.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Compendium: (Land)scapes

Following the inaugural Compendium exhibition in 2017, ArtsQuest and the Banana Factory Arts Centers follows up in 2018 with Compendium: Landscapes. In addition to highlighting the Artist Collective Program year round programing, this exhibition features work from current members and seeks addition artists to participate in the growing network of local and regional artists.

The exhibit will be juried by the Visual Arts Team at the Banana Factory: Stacie Brennan, Hillary Harper, and Nicole Gencarelli, as well as the Gallery Committee, made up of Ricardo Viera, Jeffrey Ludwig-Dicus, Nicki Stager, David Sestak and Ian Summers.

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Southside Arts & Music Festival – Vendor Space

Interested in being a vendor at the South Arts & Music Festival? Please fill out the application below! Applications are currently being reviewed, and applicants will be notified via email if they have been accepted. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance into the festival.

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What is South Arts & Music Festival
Highlighting South Bethlehem’s arts district, the South Arts & Music Festival features two days filled with live music and arts programming designed to encourage guests to explore the city’s shops, restaurants and art venues. Upwards of 2,00 visitors attended last year’s festival which included street performers, live mural painting, yarn-bombing, performing artists, glass blowing, screen printing, face painting, an Artisan Art Walk, food trucks, and much more!

If vendors have any questions regarding the application, please e-mail

Upcoming Workshops

2/21/18 – Insurance and the Creative Industries

2/27/18 – Open Critique

3/6/18 – How to Photograph Your 2D & 3D Artwork

3/21/18 – Creators and Taxes

3/27/18 – Open Critique

Upcoming Events

Lehigh Valley Art Wars Throw Down

Round One: February 2nd, 7PM – Banana Factory Arts Center
Round Two: February 17th, 7PM – SteelStacks

Art Wars are live events, held in different cities throughout the United States. The goal is to provide an entertainment experience by getting the artist out of the studio and sharing their creative workflow with an audience.

Sixteen Art Warriors are chosen by public voting at an open-call “Throw Down”. Art Wars is a round robin type of tournament where four artists compete at each battle. Two artists from each one move on to the next round. The sixteen artists are narrowed down to eight, to four, and eventually to one winner.

At each battle the artists have two hours to create their piece of work based on a theme provided just before the countdown begins. The artwork is then voted on by the audience and a secret jury. A voting ticket is $5, and half of the ticket sales at each event are split between the four artists competing, the remainder funds the grand prize of at least $1000.

Interested Artists can apply to participate here:
Video overview:

Past Events

1/14 – 3/5/17 – Compendium: Juried Exhibition
3/8/17 – How to Photograph Your Artwork with Dan’s Camera City
3/22/17 – Photographers of the Lehigh Valley presentation with Chris Karfakis
3/28/17 – Photoshop for Artists Workshop with Matthew Twombly
4/4/17 – GOLDEN Paint Lecture and Demo with Roy Kinzer
11/6/17 – Coffee and Cameras Event and DIY Pinhole Camera Workshop
7/27/17 – Grant Writing for Artists Workshop with artist Erika Stearly
9/26/17 – Photoshop for Artists: Resizing Images
10/16/17 – Fab Lab Open House & Design Thinking Seminar
10/24/17 – The Evolution of Photography into Fine Art
11/3/17 – Peer-to-Peer Feedback Exchange
11/4/17 – InVision Portfolio Reviews
11/7/17 – How to Attract Gallery Representation
1/24/18 – Business Bootcamp for Creatives
2/6/18 – Photoshop for Artists