Call for Artists

Solo Exhibitions and Residencies

The Gallery at Penn College is seeking artists for solo exhibitions and residencies for 2020-21. We will schedule one exhibition, and two solo exhibitions accompanied by a residency. Artists may apply to be considered for a solo exhibition, a solo exhibition accompanied by residency, or both. Group exhibition proposals will be accepted, and will be considered in the place of a ‘solo’ exhibition, but not a residency. 

For the residency series, titled ‘Material Matters: Past, Present, Future,’ we are seeking artists working specifically in materials from Pennsylvania’s history, such as steel, wood, paper, or fiber, as well as current and future materials, such as plastics, glass, or electronics. The five-day residency will include up to three interactive workshops and public programming including a gallery talk. 

The Gallery at Penn College strives to be an important educational resource for students and a cultural asset to Pennsylvania College of Technology and local communities. The Gallery is dedicated to promoting art appreciation through exhibitions of contemporary art and accompanying programs. The Gallery supports the mission of Penn College and offers opportunities for personal growth, social awareness, cultural diversity, and education through direct experiences with original works of art.

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 the 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 only: provide a letter of intent. Tell us about yourself; describe your work and how it relates to the theme; outline of your preliminary workshop proposal including preliminary costs of supplies; description of any other public programming you would like to offer including costs.   

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: 

  • 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
  • How the artist’s choice of material helps tell their story
  • Material costs fit within budget ($250 per workshop or activity, up to 3)
  • Quality of workshop proposals
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, such as steel, wood, paper, or fiber, as well as current and future materials, such as plastics, glass, or electronics.
  • Length: 5 days (Mon – Fri)
  • Number of Residencies: 4 over 24 months (spring/fall)
  • What’s provided: housing, meal stipend.
Basic Terms of Residency: 
  • One five-day residency is available each semester: Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021. If you have a preference, please note in your comments. 
  • Artists must have enough work for a solo exhibition. Promotional support includes annual gallery catalog, postcards, press releases, and web/social media.
  • 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 will receive a daily stipend, solo exhibition fee, and possible reimbursement for shipping and travel. 
  • Lodging is provided in a Penn College owned bed and breakfast-like facility, or, if not available, a local hotel. 
  • Artists will work with gallery to plan: workshops for specific groups such as military Veterans, K-12 art educators, or other groups; a public reception and gallery talk; other community-based activities determined by artist’s interests. 
  • The residency award is for one artist – partners, spouses, and children are not included. 
  • No pets are allowed.
  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis, and are reviewed in Fall and Spring by the Gallery's Exhibition Committee.
  • A stipend will be provided for: the solo exhibition, daily residency, travel, and shipping. Contact for details.
  • Deadline for applications: September 1, 2019. Artists will be notified by December 15.
Facilities for Residency:

Pennsylvania College of Technology has a broad range of majors, with unique facilities including welding, industrial design, plastics, as well as a new MakerSpace facility with equipment including: 3D printer, laser cutter/engraver, CNC router, sewing machine & serger, welder, lathe, router, saws, etc. A full list is available from the gallery. We are willing to entertain creative ways of using facilities during your residency.

Questions? or 570-320-2445