Main Line Art Center

Current Artist Opportunities

Flip Side Community Exhibition and Fundraiser

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ARTWORK SUBMISSION DATES: September 5 - October 15

EXHIBITION DATE: November 10 - Novmber 19, 2017

TICKETED PREVIEW PARTY: November 9, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

QUESTIONS: Chelsea Markowitz, Exhibition Assistant, cmarkowitz@mainlineart.org or 610.525.0272 ext. 116

Now in its second year, a small art spectacle with real super powers! Flip Side features hundreds of 8” x 8” works of art made and donated by emerging and established artists, local notables, college students, children, and YOU. Artwork will be exhibited anonymously and sold for $40, which directly benefits the important work that Main Line Art Center does in the Greater Philadelphia region. From our robust scholarship program, to our life-changing Accessible Art Programs for people with disabilities, Flip Side has the power to make a real impact! And talk about instant gratification: Artwork goes home with you as soon as you purchase it. Artwork will be accepted September 5 – October 15, 2017. Click here to download a prospectus.


2017 Digital Artist in Residence

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DEADLINE: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 11:59 pm

APPLICATION FEE: $30 Members /$35 Non-Members

AWARD: $1000, public presentation of artwork, and one year virtual residency at Main Line Art Center (Sept. 2017 - Aug. 2018)

QUESTIONS: Chelsea Markowitz, Exhibition Assistant cmarkowitz@mainlineart.org or 610.525.0272 ext. 116

APPLY VIA SLIDEROOM: https://mainlineart.slideroom.com/

Launched in 2015 in conjunction with Panorama: Image-Based Art in the 21st Century, the Digital Artist in Residence Program consists of a $1000 award, paid opportunities to engage with MLAC audiences, and a virtual residency for artists utilizing digital technology as a primary medium, including video, animation, digital photography, interactive gaming platforms, virtual reality experiences, 360, motion capture applications, video-mapping and projections, and internet-based works, etc.

Adult fine artists utilizing digital technology as a primary medium of their artwork, who are not full-time students, living in the Mid-Atlantic Region are eligible to apply.

The residency does not include a studio or housing. It is intended to be a residency that promotes the artist’s work and provides opportunities for them to have paid engagements with MLAC audiences through teaching, lectures, demonstrations, and virtual experiences for the duration of one year. Artists receive cash award when the residency is completed and must participate in the residency for its entirety. Residency begins in September of 2017 and is completed in August of 2018.

While Main Line Art Center offers a limited budget for the presentation of artwork created for the residency, it may not have the capacity to cover all technical needs. Therefore, artists are expected to work with the residency's budget and resources or provide additional resources on their own. When a specific project for presentation is agreed upon by the artist and Main Line Art Center, budget needs and required resources will be determined accordingly.

Application includes digital submission of the following:

Artist statement, biography, CV, 10 images/clips of artwork, statement of how the artist might engage with MLAC audiences over the course of one year.

The 2016 Digital Artist in Residence was Leo Hylan (Baltimore, MD)

Art Market

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 14, by 11:59 PM

ENTRY FEE: $55 Members | $65 Non-Members

CRAFT MARKET DATE: September 15, 2017

QUESTIONS: Chelsea Markowitz, Exhibition Assistant, cmarkowitz@mainlineart.org or 610.525.0272 ext. 116

Unique one-night-only opportunity for local artists to sell their affordable 2-D and 3-D artwork and fine crafts in our award winning studios. Refreshments will be available in the gallery as part of the Teaching Artist Exhibition reception, while Art Market artists will sell and informally display their work throughout the art studios in this exciting Open Studio and Art Sales event.

Requirements: Adult 2-D and 3-D artists living in the Philadelphia area are eligible to participate
on a first-come, first-served basis. Suggested mediums are painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, mosaics, photography, printmaking, and more. All artwork must be original. It is recommended that most artwork be reasonably sized and priced under $350.

2017 MLAC Teaching Artist Exhibition

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 27, 2017

APPLICATION FEE: $5 Slideroom processing fee

EXHIBITION DATES: September 9, 2017-September 23, 2017

JUROR: Laurel Razka, Executive Director of The Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia

QUESTIONS: Chelsea Markowitz, Exhibition Assistant, cmarkowitz@mainlineart.org or 610.525.0272 ext. 116

APPLY VIA SLIDEROOM: https://mainlineart.slideroom.com/

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MLAC is proud to offer an opportunity for MLAC Teaching Artists to exhibit in our award-winning galleries. This year, the Teaching Artist Exhibition will run from Saturday, September 9 through September 23, 2017 in the main galleries. The opening reception will be held concurrently with Art Market on Friday, September 15, from 5:30-8:00 pm. This application is not for participation in Art Market, only the Teaching Artist Exhibition. See the prospectus for complete details and important dates.

Photo Credit: Gillian Pokolo

Special Guests Needed on Fridays at Summer Art Camp!

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We are looking for artists and organizations to present at our Summer Art Camp (June 12-August 25)! Each Friday from 2-3pm, we welcome a special guest to enhance our learning, then celebrate with friends and family at an Art Party and exhibition in the award-winning galleries. We offer a stipend of $50 for this, and will include information about your organization in our giftbags to campers. Please contact Patty Papatheodore, Camp Director, for more information at mlac.camp@gmail.com.


Past Opportunities

2017 Spring Fever Craft Market | CLOSED

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 14, by 11:59 PM

APPLICATION FEE: $15 plus $5 Slideroom processing

CRAFT MARKET DATE: May 6. 2017

QUESTIONS: Ellen Grenell, Registrar & Gallery Assistant egrenell@mainlineart.org or 610.525.0272 ext. 110

Introducing a new, one day Spring Craft event! The rain-or-shine event will feature indoor and outdoor vendors, curated by MLAC, and will focus on handmade goods. We are looking for artists and crafters who create handmade, original artwork, crafts, and artisanal foods. Applicants can specify their choice of indoor space (6 ft x 3 ft area) or outdoor space (10 ft x 10 ft tented area with tent provided by vendor).

Requirements: Local artists and craftspeople (within 60 miles) should submit 5 images representative of actual work and display set up. Publicity visuals are chosen based on quality of submitted images. MLAC reserves the right to refuse display in show, without refund if work is not as submitted. Applicants will be notified by email by Friday, March 17, 2017.

2017 Spring Gala Exhibition | CLOSED

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 31, 2017, by 11:59 PM

APPLICATION FEE: $30 Members/$35 Non-Members; Additional Slideroom processing fee of $5

EXHIBITION DATES: April 30 - June 3, 2017

AWARD: 1st place: $150; 2nd place: $100; 3rd place: $50

JUROR: Ekaterina Popova, Artist & Publisher of Create! Magazine

QUESTIONS: Ellen Grenell, Registrar & Gallery Assistant egrenell@mainlineart.org or 610.525.0272 ext. 110

The Spring Gala Exhibition is a Fine Art Benefit and Exhibition in celebration of over 50 years of providing Accessible Art Programs for artists with disabilities. As one of Main Line Art Center’s largest fundraisers and elegant events, The Spring Gala Exhibition is a unique opportunity to build your collector base on the Main Line, while receiving 60% commission on all art sales.

Earth Works: Panorama Virtual Exhibition 2016 | CLOSED

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SUBMISSION ENTRY: Sept. 10-Dec. 5, 2016

EXHIBITION DATES: January 2017

QUESTIONS: Rachel Ammon, Communications Director rammon@mainlineart.org or 610.525.0272 ext. 125

Be a part of Panorama! Everyone, regardless of age, ability, or experience, is invited to submit digital photos, videos, or animations to Earth Works, a virtual exhibition which will be on view on this website in January 2017. Cash awards will be given to one adult artist and one youth artist selected as Best in Show. Artists are encouraged to submit their unique vision of the natural world. Participants are encouraged to visit one of our Green Partner locations to make art, or chose a location of your choice.



Flip Side Community Exhibition & Fundraiser | CLOSED

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ARTWORK ENTRY: September 12-October 28 | CLOSED

APPLICATION FEE: Free!

EXHIBITION DATES: November 11-19, 2016

QUESTIONS: Beth Boardman, Exhibition Coordinator bboardman@mainlineart.org or 610.525.0272 ext. 116

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Introducing a small art spectacle with real super powers! Flip Side Community Exhibition & Fundraiser features hundreds of 8” x 8” works of art made and donated by emerging and established artists, local notables, college students, children, and YOU. Artwork will be exhibited anonymously and sold for $40, which directly benefits the important work that Main Line Art Center does in the Greater Philadelphia region. From our robust scholarship program, to our life-changing Accessible Art Programs for people with disabilities, Flip Side has the power to make a real impact! YOUR artwork has super powers! Join your community and put your powers to good use! Artists of all ages and levels are invited to donate up to four 8” x 8” unframed, original works of art. 3-D work is accepted too – read the prospectus for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.

2016 Members Exhibition | CLOSED

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 24, 2016 | CLOSED

APPLICATION FEE: $5 Slideroom processing fee

EXHIBITION DATES: December 2, 2016-January 5, 2017

PRIZE JUROR: Zalman Wircberg (Rabbi Zash), Executive Director, Old City Jewish Art Center

QUESTIONS: Beth Boardman, Exhibition Coordinator bboardman@mainlineart.org or 610.525.0272 ext. 116

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In celebration of our Members support and creative energy, we are proud to present an exhibition in their honor. All current adult Members are invited to submit 1 work of art into the exhibition. Work must have been completed within the past three years and not previously exhibited at Main Line Art Center. See the prospectus for complete details and important dates.



2017 Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition & Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art | CLOSED

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 6, 2016 | CLOSED

APPLICATION FEE: $30 Members/$35 Non-Members

EXHIBITION DATES: March 6-April 16, 2017

QUESTIONS: Beth Boardman, Exhibition Coordinator bboardman@mainlineart.org or 610.525.0272 ext. 116

The Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art, presented by Main Line Art Center in Haverford, PA in conjunction with the Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, consists of an award of $1000 and a solo exhibition to each selected artist. Three artists are selected annually to receive the award and present a solo show.This award and associated exhibition program is an effort to support the talented contemporary artists in the region, to honor deserving artists in the field, and to encourage excellence and experimentation in artistic practice, presentation, and community involvement. Adult fine artists, who are not full time students, living in the Mid-Atlantic Region are eligible to apply. All mediums are welcome. The application deadline is October 6, 2016. Artists selected to receive the award will be notified in December 2016 and the exhibition will take place in March/April 2017.




Holiday Craft Market: Fresh & Local | CLOSED

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DEADLINE: August 2, 2016 by 11:59 pm | CLOSED

APPLICATION FEE: $20

CRAFT MARKET DATES: December 9-11, 2016

QUESTIONS: Beth Boardman, Exhibition Coordinator bboardman@mainlineart.org or 610.525.0272 ext. 116

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Holiday Craft Market: Fresh & Local will take place over one weekend only, December 9-11, and will feature special events, workshops, food trucks, and other fun activities happening throughout the weekend. Curated by Main Line Art Center, the Craft Market will focus on handmade goods. We are looking for artists and crafters who create handmade, original artwork, crafts, and artisanal foods. All mediums are welcome to apply. The event is held indoors, rain, shine or snow, and each participant will be provided with a 6 ft x 3 ft space. Artists will process their own sales (no need to submit an inventory!) and will keep 100% of their profits. Applicants should be local (within 60 miles) and must attach up to 5 images of their work and set-up with the application. There will be approximately 20 artists/vendors selected for this highly sought after event. Non-refundable application fee: $15 plus $5 Slideroom fee. Please read and review the entire prospectus before applying.





2016 Digital Artist in Residence | CLOSED

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DEADLINE: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 11:59 pm | CLOSED

APPLICATION FEE: $30 M/$35 NM

AWARD: $1000, public presentation of artwork, and one year virtual residency at Main Line Art Center (Sept. 20016 - Aug. 2017)

QUESTIONS: Beth Boardman, Exhibition Coordinator bboardman@mainlineart.org or 610.525.0272 ext. 116

Main Line Art Center (MLAC) created the Digital Artist in Residence Program in 2015 in order to provide opportunities for digital media artists to create new work, present their work publicly at MLAC’s Panorama Festival and/or other public events, and to invite artists to engage with MLAC audiences for one year in order to foster a greater appreciation of artwork utilizing new technologies.

Adult fine artists utilizing digital technology as a primary medium of their artwork, who are not full-time students, living in the Mid-Atlantic Region are eligible to apply. Examples of digital media could include, but are not limited to: video, animation, digital photography, interactive gaming platforms, virtual reality experiences, 360, motion capture applications, video-mapping and projections, apps, internet based works, etc.

The residency does not include a studio or housing. It is intended to be a residency that promotes the artist’s work and provides opportunities for them to have paid engagements with MLAC audiences through teaching, lectures, demonstrations, and virtual experiences for the duration of one year. Artists receive cash award when the residency is completed and must participate in the residency for its entirety. Residency begins in September of 2016 and is completed in August of 2017.

While Main Line Art Center offers a limited budget for the presentation of artwork created for the residency, it may not have the capacity to cover all technical needs. Therefore, artists are expected to work with the residency's budget and resources or provide additional resources on their own. When a specific project for presentation is agreed upon by the artist and Main Line Art Center, budget needs and required resources will be determined accordingly.

Application includes digital submission of the following:
Artist statement, biography, CV, 10 images/clips of artwork, statement of how the artist might engage with MLAC audiences over the course of one year.

The 2015 Digital Artist in Residence was Tim Portlock (Philadelphia, PA)





Art Market | CLOSED

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DEADLINE: Friday, March 18, 2016 | CLOSED

APPLICATION FEE: $55 M/$65 NM

EVENT DATE: Friday, April 15, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

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Art Market artists will sell and informally display the work of our talented community of artists throughout the art studios. Customers will join us for a one-night-only shopping opportunity on Friday, April 15, from 5:30 - 8:30 PM and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the evening. The Art Market is free and open to the public.

During Art Market, be sure to check out Transformations, the 12th annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, on view in the gallery, featuring the 2016 Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art recipients Matthew Courtney (Philadelphia), Sun Young Kang (Bryn Mawr), and Zahra Nazari (New York).





Spring Gala Exhibition & Benefit | CLOSED

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DEADLINE: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

APPLICATION FEE: $30 M/$35 NM. Additional $5 SlideRoom Processing Fee

EXHIBITION: April 30 - June 5, 2016

JUROR: Sharon Ewing, Director of Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia

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The Spring Gala Exhibition is a Fine Art Benefit and Exhibition in celebration of over 50 years of providing Accessible Art Programs for artists with disabilities. As one of Main Line Art Center’s largest fundraisers and elegant events, The Spring Gala Exhibition is a unique opportunity to build your collector base on the
Main Line, while receiving 65% commission on all art sales. Cash prizes will be awarded for Best in Show.





Mytopia Virtual Exhibition | CLOSED

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DEADLINE: Wednesday, November 4, 2015

APPLICATION FEE: No application fee

EXHIBITION: December 2015

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Be a part of Panorama 2015! Everyone, regardless of age, ability, or experience, is invited to submit digital photos, videos, or animations to Mytopia, a virtual exhibition which will be on view on this website in December. Cash awards will be given to one adult artist and one youth artist selected as Best in Show.





Members Exhibition | CLOSED

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DEADLINE: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 by 11:59 pm

APPLICATION FEE: No application fee, however there is a $5 SlideRoom processing fee

EXHIBITION: December 5, 2015 - January 4, 2016

All current adult Members of Main Line Art Center (new Members welcome) are invited to submit one piece of work to show in the non-juried, annual Members Exhibition. Membership must be current through the last day of the show (January 5, 2016). Teaching Artists must be full Members to participate.





Professional Artist Member Program & Exhibition | CLOSED

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DEADLINE: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 by 11:59 pm

APPLICATION FEE: No application fee, however there is a $5 SlideRoom processing fee

EXHIBITION: January 15 – February 14, 2016

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The Professional Artist Membership (PAM) Program celebrates, supports, and promotes a select group of MLAC Members to aid in furthering their artistic careers. The program provides a variety of exhibition, educational, and networking opportunities that enrich and support the artists, as well as expose them to collectors, curators, and designers. Main Line Art Center Members (new Members welcome) are invited to apply to the PAM Program. Those accepted into the PAM Program will also be juried for the 2016 Professional Artist Member Exhibition, on view at Main Line Art Center January 15 through February 14, 2016.





Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition
Meyer Family Award · Contemporary Art | CLOSED

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DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 by 11:59 pm

AWARD: $1000 & solo show

APPLICATION FEE: Members $30 · Non-Members $35

EXHIBITION: March 7 - April 17, 2016

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The Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art, presented by Main Line Art Center in conjunction with the Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, consists of an award of $1000 and a solo exhibition to each selected artist. This award and associated exhibition program is an effort to support the talented contemporary artists in the region, to honor deserving artists in the field, and to encourage excellence and experimentation in artistic practice, presentation, and community involvement.

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