Artist Collective

$50/$45 ArtsQuest Members

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


  • Networking events for visual artists and collectors
  • Professional development & art appreciation workshops
  • Teaching artist opportunities for education and outreach programs
  • Artwork commission opportunities
  • Discounts for special Artist Collective classes and workshops
  • Special First Friday events and access to Banana Factory Resident Artists
  • Annual juried Visual Artist Collective exhibition
  • Additional juried exhibitions and competitions including ArtPOP Billboard Competition, InVision PA Photographer’s & College Exhibitions, Musikfest Sculpture Garden and more
  • Listing on Banana Factory website with image, bio and link to personal web page
  • Access to open studio hours
  • Artist mentorship programs for emerging artists

Compendium Juried Exhibition

Deadline: March 13

Compendium is designed to highlight the thriving artistic community of the Lehigh Valley and region and to showcase the diverse array of multi-disciplinary artists. In addition, the exhibition promotes the Artist Collective program at the Banana Factory Arts Center which offers creative networking, professional development, and career opportunities for visual artists.

This year the exhibition will be juried by Tim Higgins. Higgins is a working artist and freelance writer, arts journalist, editor, reporter, and publisher living and working in the Lehigh Valley for the past 35 years. Higgins, who has interviewed and written about many major artists working on the international, national and regional levels, including Roy Lichtenstein, Jamie Wyeth, Judy Pfaff, Angel Suarez, Roger Dean, Greg Weaver, Mort Kunstler, Adal Maldonado, and a host of others, remains committed to promoting the visual arts in and around the Lehigh Valley.

Awards will be announced during First Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. All awards will be given at the discretion of the Juror.

Prizes are listed below:
First place: $250
Second place: $150
Third place: $50

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Southside Arts & Music Festival – Vendor Space

Interested in being a vendor at the South Arts & Music Festival? Please fill out the application below! Applications are currently being reviewed, and applicants will be notified via email if they have been accepted. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance into the festival.

Deadline: April 7

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What is South Arts & Music Festival
Highlighting South Bethlehem’s arts district, the South Arts & Music Festival features two days filled with live music and arts programming designed to encourage guests to explore the city’s shops, restaurants and art venues. Upwards of 2,00 visitors attended last year’s festival which included street performers, live mural painting, yarn-bombing, performing artists, glass blowing, screen printing, face painting, an Artisan Art Walk, food trucks, and much more!

If vendors have any questions regarding the application, please e-mail

Past Events

1/14 – 3/5/17 – Compendium: Juried Exhibition
3/8/17 – How to Photograph Your Artwork with Dan’s Camera City
3/22/17 – Photographers of the Lehigh Valley presentation with Chris Karfakis
3/28/17 – Photoshop for Artists Workshop with Matthew Twombly
4/4/17 – GOLDEN Paint Lecture and Demo with Roy Kinzer
11/6/17 – Coffee and Cameras Event and DIY Pinhole Camera Workshop
7/27/17 – Grant Writing for Artists Workshop with artist Erika Stearly
9/26/17 – Photoshop for Artists: Resizing Images
10/16/17 – Fab Lab Open House & Design Thinking Seminar
10/24/17 – The Evolution of Photography into Fine Art
11/3/17 – Peer-to-Peer Feedback Exchange
11/4/17 – InVision Portfolio Reviews
11/7/17 – How to Attract Gallery Representation
1/24/18 – Business Bootcamp for Creatives
2/6/18 – Photoshop for Artists
2/21/18 – Insurance and the Creative Industries
2/27/18 – Open Critique
3/6/18 – How to Photograph Your 2D & 3D Artwork
3/21/18 – Creators and Taxes
3/27/18 – Open Critique
4/7/18 – Winsor Newton Paint Demonstration
4/14/18 – Open Critique
4/14/18 – Fox & Finch Photography Studio Visit
4/18/18 – Legal Boot Camp for Creators – The Nonprofit Version
4/22/18 – Coffee & Cameras: #instameet and Photo Walk
5/16/18 – Copyright & Social Media for Creators
5/22/18 – Open Critique
6/7/18 – How to Attract Gallery Representation
6/27/18 – Contract Law for Creatives
10/11/18 – Make Lehigh Valley Tour
11/11/18 – Winsor Newton Paint Demonstration