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Abington Art Center is a community center focused on music, drawing, painting, oil, ceramics, metals, sewing, embroidery, pottery, and jewelry classes. It is an outdoor free concert venue, with theater, dance, jazz, and live music on stage. You can buy gifts, crafts, bracelets, necklaces, and rings at the unique holiday fair.

CURRENT OPEN CALLS

Art in the Woods: Sculpture Park Revival Initiative

Abington Art Center is excited to present Art in the Woods, an opportunity for sculptors and land artists to exhibit or create work in our sculpture park. 

Located on the grounds of Alverthorpe Manor, our sculpture park is one of many notable features of Abington Art Center. This beautiful 27-acre park once housed a vibrant collection of outdoor sculptures, which has since naturally eroded over time. Though it has fallen into disrepair, our park has potential for greatness once again. Art in the Woods is part of our ongoing effort to simultaneously rejuvenate our park and offer opportunities for artists to display artwork on our grounds. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from marginalized and underrepresented groups.

Selected artists will be given the following:

  • 10 x 10’ plot of land to exhibit work 
  • $2,230 project budget
  • Roughly one year to plan and install on our grounds (June 2024 – May 2025 timeline)

**Please note that artwork should be either ephemeral or able to withstand the elements and that artists are expected to use non-toxic materials. Certain specifics, such as the number of artists selected and programming development, are contingent upon grant funding.

Art in the Woods will be on view for a year, with the potential to be on view permanently.

RELEVENT DATES

Application Deadline

May 6th, 2024

SUBMISSION FEES

The application fee is $30. This non-refundable fee covers the cost of the exhibition, which includes labor, advertisement and reception costs.

APPLICATION

2024-2025 Artist in Residence Program

Abington Art Center, located in Jenkintown, PA, is excited to present an open call for our year-long Artist in Residence program at the Little Meetinghouse! 

The Little Meetinghouse is a charming one-room former Quaker Meetinghouse situated on the grounds of our 27 acre estate. The Artist in Residence will utilize the Little Meetinghouse and adjoining storage shed as a studio space, and in exchange, collaborate with the community through free, monthly, hands-on workshops that will enliven the Sculpture Park and bring in new audiences to the art center.

The Resident Artist will receive a stipend and project funding.* The Artist in Residence is encouraged to utilize the grounds of the Sculpture Park throughout their residency and will have the opportunity to display their artwork in our Community Arts gallery for a culminating end-of-residency exhibition. 

This application comes with a non-refundable $30 application fee. 

*Amount contingent upon grant funding

Program History

In 2022, local artist Lisa Kelley approached Abington Art Center with the idea to develop an Artist in Residence program at the Little Meetinghouse. Inspired by the quaint empty building, Lisa envisioned a studio space where artists could create their own work and also engage with the surrounding community through community-centered art workshops. Our Artist in Residence Program has since launched as of June 2023, with Lisa Kelley being our first Artist in Residence.

Location

The Little Meetinghouse sits on the edge of the property along Jenkintown Road and can be reached by car or an inspiring walk through our Sculpture Park! A wooded path connects Alverthorpe Manor and the Abington Art Center grounds to the Little Meetinghouse.

Resident Artist Requirements

Abington Art Center is looking to work with a local artist and exhibit work that is representative of the rich and diverse community of Montgomery County. Selections will be made based on the quality of artist’s work; artist’s statement and biography; CV with exhibition/teaching experience; and the ways in which the proposed workshops will engage with our community. Artists whose work prioritizes inclusivity, pluralism, and access are encouraged to apply.

Important Dates

Application Deadline:

April 7th, 2024

Residency Dates:

June 2024 – June 2025

Artist in Residence Logistics

Resident Artist will:

  • Facilitate monthly free community workshops (April-October) at the Little Meetinghouse
  • Create original artworks throughout their residency for an end-of-residency exhibition
  • Maintain a clean and welcoming studio environment

Abington Art Center will provide:

  • Use of the Little Meetinghouse as a personal studio and to engage the community for one year
  • Monthly Stipend
  • Workshop materials funding
  • Curate end-of-residency exhibition in our Community Arts Gallery
  • Opportunities to collaborate with the Studio School, Gallery and Events departments
  • Promotion for events


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit to an open call at Abington Art Center?

Submissions to all Abington Art Center open call opportunities and juried exhibitions must be submitted using the appropriate online submission form. Open calls have two submission forms, one for Non-Members which requires a full submission fee ( $30 – $40) and one for Abington Art Center Members which includes a reduced fee ($0 – $10).

Which form do I use?

If you are a current Abington Art Center MEMBER you may use the Members Only Form. All other applicants must use the Non-Member Form. If you would like to become a Member and receive the reduced rate on Open Calls, Please visit our MEMBERSHIP Page.

I accidentally submitted a Membership Form and I’m not a Member. What do I do?

All forms submitted using the Members Only form will be checked for membership status and only be reviewed if the artist has an active Membership with Abington Art Center. Please call 215-887-4882 during our hours of operation to make a submission payment over the phone. Alternatively, you may become a MEMBER on our Membership Page.

I would like to submit multiple angles for a sculpture. How can I do that?

Each submission form allows one image file per piece to prevent exceeding data limitations. If you would like to show multiple views of a piece, you may submit an image with multiple views stitched together with a app or website similar to PicCollage.

Can I submit in-person or send a printed form?

No, printed or in-person submissions are not accepted. The jurors review the work digitally and cannot attend an in-person review. All entries must be submitted online using the appropriate form.

I was in the middle of a submission and lost it. What should I do?

Abington Art Center has no method of retrieving lost submission forms or saving submission forms and is not responsible for lost forms that have not yet been submitted. Please make sure to have all pictures and artwork information ready when submitting, as there is no save feature and forms should be completed all at once. Please make sure to have a reliable internet connection when submitting.

Does AAC accept all forms of art?

For both the Annual Juried Show and the Summer Juried Show, the work is selected online entirely by the call’s juror(s). Solo Series artists are selected by AAC Staff collectively. All participants whether selected or not will be sent a notification when the review is complete. The notification will go to the artist’s provided email.

What is the installation process for AAC’s exhibitions?

For both the Annual Juried Show and the Summer Juried Show, the exhibition is curated by the juror and hung by AAC Staff members. Solo Series artists are responsible for installation and deinstallation of their exhibition. Please take this into account before submitting.