For Artists / Opportunities

PNC Arts Alive, PA / Art in the Open (AiO) / Call for Artists

Submission fee


DATES: May 18-20, 2018 (Walk-through and reception May 17, 2018)
LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA (Schuylkill River Banks)

STIPEND (New for AiO 2018): $350 (Additional travel funds are available on a case by case basis)

Art in the Open (AiO), a partnership between The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA), City Parks Association, and Fairmount Water Works, re-frames the ‘plein air’ tradition of creating art outside and on-site in a contemporary context, encouraging both artists and audiences to draw inspiration from the city’s diverse natural and urban landscapes. Using the Schuylkill River Banks Park as studio space, participating artists will have the opportunity to explore new working methods, develop process-oriented works, and interpret a compelling intersection of urban and natural environments in the public realm. Selected artists will also be able to participate in complementary programs and public engagement events presented by more than 30 organizational partners, as well as exhibit their finished work as part of the 2018-2019 AiO exhibition series. AiO reaches an estimated 12,000 visitors over the course of the three-day event.

Local, National and International artists, working in all media, are encouraged to apply. Learn more about previous AiO events by visiting

For more information or questions about the application process, please contact Genevieve Coutroubis, Director of Artist Programs at CFEVA: (215) 546-7775 x 11 or

Mary Salvante, Curator and Gallery Director, Rowan University Art Gallery
Conrad Benner, Independent Curator, Founder and Editor, Streets Dept
Leroy Johnson, Artist
Alex Klein, Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE’60) Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania

Eligible media

Visual Arts