Open Calls for Art

Check here regularly for rolling exhibition opportunities!



All the gallery spaces at the Banana Factory Arts Center and the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks feature a rotating selection of national & regional contemporary artists, annual juried exhibitions, and community-based organizations.

If you would like to submit a proposal for an exhibition, please use one of the two forms below.

Information on eligibility, selection criteria, guidelines, and exhibition policies are included on the application forms below. A gallery committee will review applications on a rolling basis. If your proposal is accepted for an exhibition, staff will be in touch. Applications will be kept on file and reviewed for up to one year from the submission date. After that time, artists will need to reapply.

Exhibitions are typically planned one to two years in advance. Inquires on exhibitions can be sent to Nicole Gencarelli, Visual Arts Specialist, at

Solo Exhibition Application

This is for a single artist who would like to showcase a solo exhibition of their work.

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Group Exhibition Application

This is for a group of artists (2 or more) who would like to exhibit work together in a single space. This form can also be used by an independent curator or artist to submit an exhibition they design/curate for one of the gallery spaces.

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Resident Artist Studios

The Banana Factory Arts Center offers a selection rent subsidized working studios to area artists. Artists interested in becoming a resident artist should be dedicated to their work and be willing to participate in a community of fellow artists. Artists must also align with ArtsQuest’s mission of providing the surrounding community access to arts, culture, and educational programs.

Resident Artists receive the following opportunities:

  • Low cost, subsidized studios. Studios vary in size from 200-900 sq. ft., with 24/7 access for artists.
  • Paid teaching opportunities for classes at the Banana Factory Arts Center, as well as artist residencies and community outreach program opportunities.
  • Exhibition opportunities, which include a location for displaying artwork in the hallway spaces on the second and third floors, a rotating monthly feature during First Fridays, as well as an annual group exhibition in the Crayola Gallery.
  • Resident Artists have access to the creative facilities within the Banana Factory building

Interested artists can apply for a studio space using the application form below. Applicants are reviewed by a committee made up of ArtsQuest staff, representatives from the Visual Arts Board, and a selection of current Resident Artists.

Applications are kept active for one year past the application date, after that time artists are encouraged to re-apply. Please note, we may have a waiting list of artists who have already been reviewed and interviewed, which will take priority should a studio open over new applications.

*UPDATE July 2021- All Resident Artist Studio Spaces are currently filled. Applications submitted will be kept on file to review for future availability*

Inquiries can be directed to Lisa Harms, Sr. Director of Visual Arts & Education, at

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A Banana Factory Juried Exhibition

May 21st-August 14th 2022

What does care look like within the queer community? What does it mean to care for someone, something, or yourself?

QUEERING CARE invites artists to explore how queer communities have, and continue to, expand, reframe, and redefine what it means to care for one another – as a form of affection, strategy for survival, and beyond. In the face of anti-LGBTQ oppression, collective care is a tool for protection and sustenance as government and institutions neglect queer communities. From the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s to the 1990s, to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, LGBTQ people are impacted disproportionately by catastrophes, with those holding multiple marginalized identities including race, gender, class, and ability facing exacerbated effects by unjust systems. Under these contexts, care within the community is a radical act of solidarity and a strategy for survival and resistance against oppression. By “queering” ideas of care and community, we interrogate our individual roles in our circles, how we approach our relationships with one another, and confront the failures of institutions to effectively care for their people. How do you care within your community, and how has the community cared for you?

QUEERING CARE is guest curated and juried by artist and arts educator Rei Ukon (he/him/his, they/them/theirs)

"My name is Rei Ukon and I am a queer and trans-Japanese collage artist with a fascination for the hidden, spiritual world. My works reflect a journey of understanding the relationships that make up our lives and towards inner peace. Specifically, collage has been a healing medium. The act of taking an existing material to create from imagination mirrors the experience of holding queerness and transness together in forging identity. Each tear in a piece of paper represents a process of letting go and embracing imperfections while awaiting the unique surprises each tear can offer. My personal experience with art-making inspires me to share its transformative nature with others. Through workshops and classes, I aim to cultivate safe spaces for creation. Currently, I am a Teaching Artist at the Banana Factory, Lehigh University Art Galleries, and the Art Establishment."

Submission Guidelines & Eligibility

  • This exhibition is open to all two-dimensional work including (but not limited to): photography, paintings, drawings, digital, mixed media, fibers, chalk, ink, pastels, wax, graphite, and printmaking, plus three-dimensional works that fit within a 10"x10"x 11" space and weight under 20lbs (3-D work will be displayed in covered Plexi shelving that is wall mounted).
  • Artists must identify as LGBTQ+ and reside within the Lehigh Valley, or no greater than a 50 miles radius from the Lehigh Valley (*Lehigh Valley is a region in eastern Pennsylvania. Areas within Lehigh Valley include: Lehigh and Northampton County and Warren County in northwestern New Jersey, 62 distinct municipalities, and three cities; Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton.)

A complete list of submission guidelines & eligibility can be found on the entry form below

All juried shows at the Banana Factory Arts Center are free to submit! The deadline for submission is 11:59 PM on Friday, April, 29 2022.