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Artist Proposal Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in Eastern State Penitentiary's artist proposal process!

Click here to view the artist proposal guidelines for our 2024 season.

Art Orientations
We strongly recommend that applicants begin the proposal process by attending an art orientation. These informal tours/conversations give artists a chance to learn about the space, discuss what makes a proposal successful, and ask questions. There is no charge for attending an art orientation. 

2023 Orientation Schedule:

Please use this link to RSVP for the artist orientation you wish to attend.

  • January 27, 2023 at 12:00 pm EST (Virtual via Zoom; Click here to join.)
  • February 18, 2023 at 12:30 pm EST (In person at Eastern State)
  • April 15, 2023 at 3:00 pm EST (In person at Eastern State)
  • May 4, 2023 at 3:00 pm EST (In person at Eastern State)

If you have questions, please contact Damon McCool at [email protected]. If you are unable to attend a live orientation, you can watch a pre-recorded orientation here.

Proposal Deadline & Submission

Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 11:59 pm EST

Submission: Proposals can be uploaded electronically. Click here to submit your proposal.

Please plan to submit your proposal in one sitting. The online submission portal does not allow applicants to save an application and return to it later. If it is difficult or impossible to access the Internet or submit a proposal online, please write, call, or email us. Exceptions are possible, evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Damon McCool
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
Artist Proposals — 2024 Season
2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130

215-236-5111 x227
[email protected] 

Grace Period: There will be a 1-day grace period for all proposals. The online submission portal will close at 11:59 pm EST on Thursday, June 15, 2023, and no further submissions will be possible.

Additional Resources

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