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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.

Open Call for Art!
Compendium: Playlist

Banana Factory Juried Exhibition

May 1-July 11, 2021

What a great song makes us feel is a sense of awe… A sense of awe is almost exclusively predicated on our limitations as human beings. It is entirely to do with our audacity as humans to reach beyond our potential.” -Nick Cave

Artists living within the Lehigh Valley* are invited to submit artwork for consideration to the fifth annual juried exhibition, Compendium: Playlist. This year’s exhibition asks artists to consider the rich history behind the connection of the visual arts and music by submitting works inspired by a specific piece of music of their choice: a particular song, musician, and/or band. Artists have always been inspired by the music and musicians around them, often collaborating across the artistic disciplines and blurring the lines of creative expression. This exhibition aims to create a visual playlist of the way art and music are connected for artists in the Lehigh Valley.

The annual Compendium exhibitions at the Banana Factory Arts Center are designed to highlight the thriving artistic community of the Lehigh Valley and region and to showcase the diverse array of multidisciplinary artists who reside there.

The Juror for Compendium: Playlist, will be Anthony Smith Jr.

Anthony Smith received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Amherst College (1999) and an M.F.A. in Painting from the University of Michigan (2001). He’s showed nationally in “From Here on Out” exhibit at Gallery Marzen/ IAG in Madison Wisconsin in 2020, the “Mid-Atlantic Painting 2016” exhibit at the University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA in 2016; the 2010 “Sailing the Barbarous Coast” which traveled to Boston and Amherst, Ma and Milwaukee, Wi; and notably the 2008 “Runaway” show at the University of Texas Pan-American Gallery in McAllen TX for which he received a Puffin Foundation grant. Additionally, he has received a Project Stream grant from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts for the Pilot series of paintings exhibited in the show Dreadnaught at the ArtQuest SteelStacks Center in Bethlehem, PA in 2018. Internationally he’s shown in the “Tribute to Michelangelo” show at CrisolArts Gallery in Barcelona, Spain in 2013, and in various Pennsylvania exhibitions including the Winter Show at the Bethlehem House Gallery in 2016 and 2019. He’s been reviewed in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Detroit Free Press, The Ann Arbor News and the Artist’s Magazine. Smith has taught at such institutions as the University of Michigan, Parsons, Princeton and Maryland Institute College of Art. Additionally, he served as artist-in-residence at the National Academy of Design (2006 – 2008), and at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT in 2016 and 2021. Most recently he’s taught at Muhlenberg College in Allentown Pa (2014- 2018). He lives in Allentown Pa with a studio at the Banana Factory Art Center in Bethlehem, PA.

(*Lehigh Valley is a region in eastern Pennsylvania. Areas within Lehigh Valley include: Lehigh and Northampton County and Warren County in northwestern New Jersey, and three cities; Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton.)

A full prospectus and list of Submission Guidelines & Eligibility can be found on the submission link below. Deadline to submit is March 21, 2021.

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Artist Collective

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

Artists interested in the artist collective or other artist programs at the Banana Factory Art Center can email inquiries to visualarts@artquest.org

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

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 February 2021. Submissions received for the remainder of 2020 and early 2021 will be considered for up to one year from their submission date. After that time, teachers are required to re-apply.