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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!

If you have any questions, feel free to shoot us a note at info@artsquest.org.

ArtsQuest Call for Public Art

Thank you for your interest in working with ArtsQuest public art programs. If you would like to submit proposals and/or be included in upcoming opportunities for public art, please fill out the form below. Locations will vary from Banana Factory and SteeStacks to locations around the Southside and surrounding areas. Temporary installations and works will be considered for festivals and events. We are currently looking for applications for interactive art installations located in Familienplatz during Musikfest 2019. Please see the submission form for more details.

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Hot Shotz Competition

At Musikfest 2019 ArtsQuest Glass Studio will hold its third consecutive Borosilicate Flameworking Competition. This year competitors will work in teams of two in an 6 hour time slot to complete an original drinking vessel set (teapot/teacups, Saki set, shot glass set etc). Contestants can bring their own hand tools, torches and color, some clear (see entry form for complete rules and details). The competition will take place from 2-8 p.m. on August 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10.

These shot glasses will be available for purchase at Glass Blast on September 27. Click here to buy tickets.

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Call for Art! 9th Annual InVision Photo-Based Art Juried Exhibition

October 26, 2019-January 5, 2020

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Deadline: September 22

ArtsQuest is hosting its 9th annual InVision program in November 2019. InVision is a premier photo-based art program that is designed to foster excitement and dialogue between a diverse group of participants around learning about and making art. This month-long series 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.

This year, InVision will be hosting its ninth-annual open juried exhibition. This exhibition is a regional* photo-based juried competition that includes works outside of photography and traditional photographers such as creatives, makers, artists and designers in multiple creative disciplines that use the photographic process in a significant way.

The Juror for the 9th Annual InVision Photo-Based Art will be announced in the coming weeks.

* regional area includes PA,NJ,NY,DE,MD,OH, and DC

Awards: (cash prizes to winners)

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

Award winners will be announced during the InVision First Friday on November 1 from 6-9 p.m.

Non-Refundable Entry Fee is $35 for up to 3 submissions. Artist Collective price is $25 for up to 3 submissions. Deadline to apply is September 22, artist will be notified by September 30. Application and full prospectus will be available in the coming weeks.

InVision College Exhibition

November 1, 2019 – January 17, 2020

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Deadline: September 30

ArtsQuest is hosting its 9th annual InVision program in November 2019. InVision is a premier photo-based art program that is designed to foster excitement and dialogue between a diverse group of participants around learning about and making art. This month-long series 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.

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 will also welcome photo-based art in addition to fine art photography. We consider photo-based art to include works outside of photography and traditional photographers, such as creatives, makers, artists and designers in multiple creative disciplines that use the photographic process in a significant way.

The juror for this exhibit will be announced in the coming months.

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 ArtsQuest at the time of the installation.

Awards: (Cash prizes awarded to the winners)
1st place = $200
2nd place = $100
3rd place = $50

* Award winners will be announced during the InVision First Friday on November 1 from 6-9 p.m..

A Non-Refundable Entry fee is $25 for up to 3 submissions. Please note, you will be redirected to a payment screen following the completion of the on-line form. Deadline to apply is September 30. Artists will be notified by October 7.

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.

Studios

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 visualarts@artsquest.org.

Exhibitions

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:

  • Glass Bead Making (flame working)
  • Jewelry Design & Fabrication
  • Children’s after-school classes
  • Early childhood art education
  • Ceramics

If you are interested in teaching art classes at The Banana Factory in 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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