Call for Submissions Eastern State Penitentiary’ Site-Specific Artist Installations
International Deadline: June 4, 2017 – Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is currently accepting proposals for its 2018 season of site-specific artist installations.
We seek installations that will explore Eastern State Penitentiary’s history, and evoke a broad range of emotions. We seek installations that will make connections between the complex history of this building and today’s criminal justice system and corrections policies.
We want to humanize these difficult subjects with personal stories and distinct points of view. We want to hear new voices—voices that might emphasize the political, or humorous, or bluntly personal. We want our visitors to be challenged with provocative questions, and we’re prepared to face some provocative questions ourselves.
We’re again offering two funding levels: $7,500 per standard project, and $15,000 per Criminal Justice Today project.
Collaborative proposals are permitted; individual artists may participate in only one proposal per year (whether alone or as part of a collaboration). Artists may not submit a proposal into both Standard and Criminal Justice Today funding levels.
Artists must be at least 18 years old. All proposals must be for a site-specific installation.
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is a National Historic Landmark, the highest designation for a historic property under Federal law. It is also a ruin, abandoned in 1971, and stands today as an architectural shell. The building has virtually no running water, little climate control, and limited electrical service. These conditions can be destructive to many types of materials. Most artists working at Eastern State build their work for the space and incorporate the inevitable deterioration into the piece.
APPLICATION – No entry fee
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Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers.
Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of prisoners.
Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone.
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130