There are 12 returning and three new artist installations on view in 2021. 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 included with standard admission.
Artist Proposal Guidelines
Artist proposal guidelines for our 2022 season are now available. Our online submission portal will open by May 1, 2021, and we will accept proposals through June 16, 2021.