There are 15 artist installations currently on view. The projects were chosen for their ability to address Eastern State’s primary themes—including perspectives on the contemporary American criminal justice system and the penitentiary’s fascinating past—with a memorable, thought-provoking approach.
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site has commissioned site-specific artist installations since 1995. To date, more than 100 artists have created work for the penitentiary.
Artist installations are on view during during all public tour hours, included with admission.
Artist Proposal Guidelines
The proposal window for our 2023 season closed on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. More information about the proposal cycle for 2024 will be shared sometime in early 2023.