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2022 InVision Juried Exhibition

October 21, 2022-January 8, 2023

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ArtsQuest is hosting its 13th annual InVision program in the Fall of 2022. 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 series and complimentary year-long programming provide professional development, networking, and hands-on workshops for photographers, image-based artists, creative entrepreneurs, makers, and DIYers. InVision 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 thirteenth-annual open juried exhibition. This exhibition is a regional* photo-based juried competition that will feature works of traditional photographers alongside mixed media works that use the photographic process in a significant way.

The theme for this year's juried exhibition asked artists to focus on the diaristic style of image-making:

Photography has always been about capturing a moment in time, from its earliest days it was prized for its permanence and mechanical rendering of the world. This archival impulse is as strong now as ever, with photographers turning to all manner of devices, apps, and microblogging platforms to construct visual diaries. Our reach as artists has never been larger, we are able to share truths and fictions of our lives with scores of people instantly. But more than that, diaristic photography allows us to step outside of ourselves in an image-saturated world, and to paraphrase Nan Goldin, “enable [us] to remember".

From staged and constructed images, multimedia approaches, straight documentary images, and new digital apps and aesthetics, the ways that we are recording our lives are more varied than ever. In the age of photoshop, with our faith in objective truth flagging, how do our photographs engage with the impermanence of the medium, and the constantly evolving uses of photography in our daily life? We are seeking submissions for the 13th Annual Invision Photo-based Art Juried Exhibition that engage with the diaristic mode of image making, in either style or practice.

-Isla Phillips Gordon

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

Best in Show / 1st place = $300
2nd place = $250
3rd place = $200
Juror's Choice for High School/College Student Submission= $200

All award payments will be made by check, artists are required to submit a W-9 in order to receive payment.

Award winners will be announced during the open reception on Friday, November 4 from 6-9 p.m, in the Crayola Gallery.

The 13th Annual InVision Juried Exhibition is guest curated & juried by artist Isla Phillips Gordon.

Isla P Gordon obsesses over photography. Drawing on her experience as a transgender woman, Isla’s work explores themes of queer adolescence, trans- representation, memory, and the everyday. Fueled by Instagram speed-scrolling, she bounces between photographic vernaculars, deliberately disorienting, flattening space, and questioning the rectangular frame.

Isla received an MFA in Photography and Related Media from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2017. Beginning in 2019, Isla expanded her practice into an on-going performance collaboration with Ashley Kaye entitled Milk and Honey, a flesh-centric endeavor that lampoons pop culture.

Isla’s work has been exhibited internationally, in the USA, Europe and Asia. Isla has performed at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and has been featured in Idle Class Magazine, Candela Gallery (VA) and Paradice Palase (NY). Isla is a 2019 recipient of an Artist 360 Grant. &

Please see full submissions guidelines and eligibility in the link below. Submissions are due Sunday, September 11th, entries must be submitted by 11:59PM EST. There is no submission fee to enter work.

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Deadline: September 11 by 11:59PM EST

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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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