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!
Encore: Small Works Exhibition & Sale

August 1-September 13

Artists are invited to submit artwork for consideration to Encore, an open call exhibition that celebrates the connection between art & music. Each piece of art must be created on a CD or Vinyl record.

Submission to this is FREE. All works will be sold for $45 each, and sales benefits scholarship funds for visual arts classes at the Banana Factory Arts Center.

Deadline to submit is July 12. A full prospectus and submission form is available here:

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ArtsQuest Call for Public Art

Thank you for your interest in working with ArtsQuest public art programs. If you would like to submit proposals and/or be included in upcoming opportunities for public art, please fill out the form below. Locations will vary from Banana Factory and SteeStacks to locations around the Southside and surrounding areas. Temporary installations and works will be considered for festivals and events. We are currently looking for applications for interactive art installations located in Familienplatz during Musikfest 2019. Please see the submission form for more details.

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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.


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


If you’re looking to have an exhibition at the Banana Factory Arts Center, please fill out our application form.

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Studio Applications

“How do I get a studio” is one our most frequently asked questions. Well, it’s an incredibly competitive process, because studio space is limited. We keep an active waiting list, so if you’d like to be considered for a studio click the link below and fill out the form.

Emerging artists who have a strong community mindset are strongly encouraged to apply!

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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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