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

Call for Art!
Last Cast 25 Community Art Juried Exhibition
November 6, 2020-January 3, 2021

Nov. 18, 1995, marked the end of an era, as Bethlehem Steel produced steel for the last time. Known as the Last Cast, this event will be commemorated and celebrated for its 25th anniversary with a planned series of events Nov. 14, 15, and 18.

Last Cast 25 is designed to respect and remember the history of Bethlehem Steel, while also looking forward to the bright future of the Lehigh Valley region, with an innovation aspect as well.

As part of Last Cast 25 programming & InVision, the Banana Factory Arts Center is hosting a digital exhibition featuring photography and photo-based artworks featuring Bethlehem Steel. Works will be juried on artistic and technical merit for inclusion in this exhibition.


Glenn Koehler is a photographer and writer based in Allentown, Pennsylvania. His work spans photojournalism during fires and natural disasters, to fine art displayed in galleries and museums. His photography has been featured in regional publications such as The Morning Call and in national publications such as The Washington Post and the Associated Press. His work chronicling the last days of Martin Tower, Bethlehem Steel’s former headquarters, drew considerable local attention and was featured on Petapixel, one of the internet’s foremost photography publications.

Bruce J. Ward has been a resident artist at The Banana Factory arts enclave in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania since 2000. Bruce holds a degree in Video and Radio Production and has studied Photography as well. He has produced several award-winning shows, incorporating still images in his productions. As his passion for recording places, people, and events has grown, he has continued to sharpen and expand upon his skills and techniques. Bruce has taught Video Media Arts, Photography, Darkroom, and Digital Photography as well as Photoshop classes at The Banana Factory. He also is a substitute instructor at the Bethlehem Area Vo Tech and a museum teacher at Historic Bethlehem. Bruce has won several awards for his photography including a First Place and Best in Show in the South Side Photo Competition and had images in the State Museum in Harrisburg. From 1973 until its iron gates closed, Bruce worked at Bethlehem Steel. During the last years of the local company’s presence in the Valley, Bruce shot many dramatic images throughout the Bethlehem plant. Many of these images were viewed at local businesses and galleries. Bruce also had shows with Edward A Leskin, MFA, and Clarence Snyder, renown Bethlehem Steel photographer. Some of these images were also seen in Bruce’s several videos on working in the Bethlehem plant. “A View from Inside” details what it was like to work in the demanding and often dangerous mills, foundries, and furnaces

Nicole Gencarelli is currently the Visual Arts Specialist at the Banana Factory Arts Center. She oversees the exhibition and gallery programs, as well as visual art classes and programming for adults. She has a background in art history and studio arts.

Deadline to submit: Sunday, October 11th, 2020

Additional details can be found on the submission form. Questions can be emailed to


Call for Art!
10th Annual InVision Photo-Based Art Juried Exhibition

October 31, 2020–January 10, 2021

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Deadline: September 20

ArtsQuest is hosting its 10th annual InVision program in November 2020. InVision is a premier photo-based art program that is designed to foster excitement and dialogue between a diverse group of participants interested in the process of creating art. This month-long series and complimentary 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 Lehigh Valley and celebrates its diverse artistic and cultural community.

This year, InVision will be hosting its tenth-annual open juried exhibition. This exhibition is a regional (regional area includes PA,NJ,NY,DE,MD,OH, and DC) photo-based juried competition that will feature works of traditional photographers alongside works outside of photography to include creatives, makers, artists, and designers in multiple creative disciplines that use the photographic process in a significant way.

This year’s theme for the 2020 Juried Exhibition is inspired by Emily Dickenson’s poem “We grow accustomed to the Dark,” written in response to a time of personal loss in her life and at a time of national uncertainty during the Civil War. “Dark” in this context stands as a metaphor for the unknown, and the poem details how humans have a unique ability to prevail onward and slowly adjust to new circumstances of the world around them. To many of us, this year has had numerous new uncertainties. The inspiring, but in many ways challenging, the acts of social solidarity in response to the global pandemic changes and shapes all aspects of our lives around us. This year, we ask artists to consider this new “Dark” and how we adjust our eyes to see the road forward again through the lens of photo-based artwork.

Our staff has selected three main topics for artists to follow under this year’s theme:

Unexpected Heroes
Connection & Community
A Light in the Dark

This year’s exhibition will be juried by Sarah Stolfa; President, Chief Executive Officer, and Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

Sarah Stolfa earned her BS in photography from Drexel University, Philadelphia, in 2005 and her MFA in Photography from Yale University in 2008. In 2004, Stolfa won The New York Times Photography Contest for college students and several of her photographs were reproduced in The New York Times Magazine. In 2006, Stolfa was included in the Second Woodmere Triennial of Contemporary Photography at the Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia. In the same year, her work was exhibited at Gallery 339 in Philadelphia and Silverstein Photography in New York. In 2007, Stolfa was included in “Women to Watch” at Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, and in “L’Autre” at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery of the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Stolfa is the CEO and Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, which she founded in 2009.

Deadline to submit is September 20th. A full prospectus and submission details can be found here:

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


The Banana Factory Arts Center has currently closed down exhibition submissions. We are currently evaluating our exhibition & gallery policies/procedures and will post updates in the coming weeks. All submissions submitted before June 2020 will remain on file for up to one year. After that time artists will need to re-submit.

Studio Applications

Artists interested in renting a studio space at the Banana Factory should apply using the application below. Artists who are interested in engaging with the public in a community arts center setting are encouraged to apply! The Banana Factory maintains an active waiting list for studios and applications are rolling.

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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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Please note, while teachers are encouraged to submit documents for classes you are interested in teaching at the Banana Factory Arts Center, we are currently evaluating our needs in light of COVID-19 and the earliest we will be in contact is September-October 2020. Submissions received for the remainder of 2020 will be considered for up to one year from their submission date. After that time, teachers are required to re-apply.