Call for Artists

Solo Exhibition with Residency: 2020-21

The Gallery at Penn College seeks artists for the 2020-21 Artist-in-Residence Program.

The Material Matters residency is open to artists working with materials from Pennsylvania’s history (past, present, or future). Examples of materials include steel, wood, paper, fiber, plastics, glass, electronics, and more. 

This short-term AIR program, titled Material Matters, is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Two artists will be selected for solo exhibitions accompanied by five-day residencies: one in late Fall 2020 and one in Winter/Spring 2021. 

The selected artists will offer three interactive workshops for groups such as K-12 art educators, veterans, college students, or the general public; a gallery talk; other related public programming that will engage the community, such as lectures or tours, are encouraged. These events offer the opportunity to extend the reach of the exhibit, expand access to the arts for students in our rural area, and strengthen our community through the arts. Programs will be free and open to the public.

The Gallery is located in Williamsport, PA, on the campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology, a nationally recognized leader in applied technology education. 

Artists will have the opportunity to work in the campus Makerspace, which contains 3D printers, Laser cutter, CNC Router, Mig and Tig welding, full woodshop, Bernina sewing machine and serger, and more. See residency details for a full list of equipment.

We are also accepting applications for solo exhibitions without accompanying residency for 2020-21 (deadline November 1) and 2021-22 (deadline August 1, 2020).

The Gallery at Penn College
The Gallery at Penn College
The Gallery at Penn College

Selection process

All entries are juried and selected through a blind selection process by our gallery committee, comprised of dedicated faculty, staff, K-12 art educators, and artists from the community. 

Application requirements:

  • 10-15 digital images of work
  • Image list with dimensions and medium
  • CV
  • Artist statement
  • Residency: provide a letter of intent. See selection below. Tell us about yourself, your work, and how it relates to the theme; outline your preliminary workshop proposals including estimated costs of supplies (max $250 per workshop); description of any other public programming you would like to offer. The Gallery offers adaptable spaces, resources, and support to assist artists in reaching their residency goals.  

Residency selection: 

Artists working in media that relate to the theme will be reviewed through a blind selection process. 

Artists will be selected based on: 

  • Quality of proposal: fits within the scope of Material Matters 
  • Interest in teaching groups of individuals and interacting with the community; ability to instruct a range of age groups and sensitivity to individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Quantity of artwork - must have enough for a solo exhibition

If you do not provide a letter of intent, your application will not be reviewed for the residency.

Residency Details:
  • Location: Williamsport, Pennsylvania; campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology. 
  • Eligibility: emerging-to-established visual artists working specifically in materials from Pennsylvania’s history (past, present, or future), such as steel, wood, paper, fiber, plastics, glass, electronics, and more.
  • Length: 5 days (Mon – Fri)
  • Number of Residencies: 2 (Fall 2020 & Spring 2021)
  • Dates: One five-day residency is available each semester: Fall 2020, and Spring 2021. If you have a preference, please note in your comments. 
  • Provided: housing, meals, daily stipend ($250/day), solo exhibition honorarium ($1,000), and shipping and travel reimbursement. Lodging is provided in a Penn College owned bed and breakfast-like facility, or, if not available, a local hotel.
  • Workshops: Artists will work with the gallery director to plan three workshops for specific groups such as military veterans, K-12 art educators, or other groups; other activities will be determined by artists. 
  • Reception: artists will offer a gallery talk during a public reception
  • Facilities: Pennsylvania College of Technology has a broad range of majors, with unique facilities including welding, industrial design, plastics, and more. In addition, the MakerSpace includes a wide range of equipment. We are willing to entertain creative ways of using facilities during your residency.
  • Other: The residency award is for one artist – partners, spouses, and children are not included. No pets are allowed.
Gallery & Solo Exhibit
  • The Gallery is 3,000 square feet. Linear wall space can range from 82 - 250 running feet. Ceiling height is 11' 4". Floor plan
  • Artists must have enough work for a solo exhibition. 
  • Promotional support includes annual gallery catalog, postcards, press releases, and web/social media.

Deadline for AIR: November 1, 2019

Solo exhibitions only: deadline is November 1, 2019 for the 2020-21 exhibition season, and August 1, 2020 for the 2021-22 season. 


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