Call For Artists

 PHILADELPHIA STORIES presents: “Forgotten Philadelphia”

September 3 – October 27th, 2012

The Fairmount Park Welcome Center, Love Park, 16th and JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia

Forgotten Philadelphia explores hidden treasures from the Philadelphia area, from abandoned historic buildings to forgotten parks, through the work of local artists and writers. The exhibit will combine art inspired by specific heritage sites with poems and short fiction that speculate on the stories behind these hidden treasures. A book will be published in conjunction with this exhibit.

Philadelphia has such a deep and myriad history. Many of its landmarks are disappearing with time, neglect, or redevelopment, such as the Divine Lorraine Hotel on Broad Street in North Philadelphia (pictured). Through words and visual art, “Forgotten Philadelphia” aims to capture these places at this particular moment in time and present them to an audience that may not be aware of their existence or their impending non-existence.

Call for Proposals

We are looking for a diverse group of 15 artists from the Delaware Valley (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware) to suggest Philadelphia landmarks for the subject of their completed work.  Once this group is selected, we will team each artist up with a writer or poet who will then write about the proposed location. Artwork and writing will be displayed side-by-side at The Fairmount Park Welcome Center in September and October of this year with an opening reception scheduled for Friday, September 21st.

Guidelines for Submission:

Each artist will submit the following:

  • A proposed location for your finished piece of art, including its location, a photograph, a brief paragraph describing why this place inspires you and any ideas you have for your finished piece of art
  • Three jpeg samples of your current work
  • A one-page resume of your most recent exhibitions and professional affiliations

Each proposed piece of art should be no larger than 24” wide x 30” long when framed.  All mediums and styles of 2-Dimensional work will be considered. All work must be available for sale with a 20% commission given to the Welcome Center for any work sold during the exhibition.

Deadline: Please email your submissions to by May 31st for consideration.

If your proposal is selected, we will notify you by June 15th via email.  Finished work must be completed and ready for hanging by August 31st.


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I am an painter living outside of Philadelphia. I founded the artist's cooperative, MamaCita, A Mother's Cooperative in the Arts. My mission in this blog is to raise public awareness about the relevance of buying original art (as opposed to cheap reproductions.)
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