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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.

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A Musikfest Public Art Project

ArtsQuest invites artists and community members to create a unique postcard art for the public art project during virtual Musikfest 2020! Artists and community members are encouraged to make artwork centered around what places, people, and events make the Lehigh Valley community a home. For more than 35 years Musikfest has played a large part in our local community and we want to highlight the things that matter most to our community, especially in light of varied challenges we are facing during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Messages on the back are encouraged, but not required. Artists & community members can submit an altered vintage/found postcard, or create one with any paper or cardstock they have so long as it fits a standard postcard dimension- ranging from 3.5”x5” – 6”x 9”. Completed work created that fits the standard dimensions above can also be mailed to the Banana Factory Arts Center, so long as it is postmarked to arrive by July 27. Mailed postcards must also have a completed information sheet attached.

Drop-off of completed postcards & information sheets at the Banana Factory Arts Center begins on Monday, July 20-Monday, July 27. Completed postcards will be scanned and digitized for an on-line exhibition to open on July 31, as well displayed in the Crayola Gallery Windows on 3rd street during July 31-August 9. Participants will be able to pick up their postcards from the Banana Factory after August 9 if they so choose – a full calendar is below.

The public is welcomed to see the display on the sidewalk (while practicing social distancing) and by driving past on 3rd Street in South Bethlehem!

Download Information Sheet  ·  Download Template

CALENDAR:

July 20-27 – Drop-Off or Mail-in of completed postcards at Banana Factory Arts Center. Drop off times for the week are between the hours of 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. You must call 610-332-1327 when you arrive to drop off. No postcards are able to be accepted outside this time.

July 28-30 – Installs in Crayola Gallery windows

July 31-August 9 – Exhibition displayed in Gallery windows for Musikfest 2020

August 14-21 – Postcard Pick-Up at Banana Factory

Call for Art! Artist Garages at 520 Hamilton

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A dynamic mix of working artists will soon be among the tenants calling the 520 Lofts in downtown Allentown home as City Center Investment Corp. and ArtsQuest partner on three new “Artist Garages at 520 Hamilton” to support the region’s growing arts community.

Located on the ground level at 520 Hamilton St., the Artist Garages are designed to add to the attractions and amenities of the 520 Lofts residential building, as well as provide affordable studio space for the Lehigh Valley’s working artists. Each space features a glass and aluminum garage door fronting Maple Street, providing a unique opportunity for the community to watch these talented individuals at work.

The studios include both natural and LED lighting, utility sinks and high ceilings with exposed beams and minimalist décor. As with the resident artist studios at the Banana Factory, ArtsQuest and City Center Investment Corp. will offer the garages for lease at below-market rates in an effort to support local artists and encourage creative individuals to join the fabric of downtown Allentown’s blossoming arts community.

The Artist Garage sizes are:

Studio 1 – 370-square feet
16-feet wide x 24-feet deep

Studio 2 – 380-square feet
16-feet, 5-inches wide x 24-feet deep

Studio 3 – 435-square feet
14-feet, 9-inches wide by 30-feet, 9-inches deep

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

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.