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 all public tour hours, included with admission.
Artist Proposal Guidelines
Artist proposal guidelines for our 2023 season are now available, and we are currently accepting proposals via our online submission portal. Proposals are due by Wednesday, June 15, 2022.