Bike pARTs

Bike pARTs, Art in City Hall

Bike pARTs

March 17– June 13, 2014. Exhibition sites: Art Gallery at City Hall and display cases on 1st and 2nd Floors, NE corner. Submissions due: February 28, 2014, 4 pm.

Art Gallery at City Hall, Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, 116 City Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19107, (215) 686-9912 email:

Jurors: AICH

Art in City Hall issues a call for artists for the upcoming exhibition in historic City Hall. Did you know that of the 10 largest cities in the United States, Philadelphia has the most bicycle commuters per capita? We also have over 200 miles of designated bike lanes, and a goal of installing thousands of new bike racks in the coming years. Recently, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia in partnership with the City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy received a Knights Arts Challenge grant to install artist-designed bike racks in six locations throughout Center City. The Art Gallery at City Hall will feature those designs this spring. To complement this presentation and support Philadelphia’s growing bicycle culture, artists from the region are invited to submit art that utilizes bicycle parts and explore themes of sustainability, health and the urban environment. Found object and kinetic sculpture, two dimensional designs, and works that explore the mechanics of movement are encouraged.

Rules for Entry


Open to professional and self-taught artists and graduate students from the Philadelphia region working in all media, including the five-county Delaware area.

Exhibition Sites

Exhibitions are generally presented in the public spaces of City Hall. Bike pARTs will be show-cased in the Art Gallery at City Hall, which is part of the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, Room 116 (near the East Portal Market St. entrance – first floor) and hallway display cases on the first and second floors (near the Offices of the Mayor).

Exhibition display case dimensions are 84” H x 94” W x 30”D. There are 7 display cases. The Art Gallery is 800 square feet of space. Works that exceed the dimensions of the display cases will be featured in the gallery.

1. Deadline for submission: Received by Friday, February 28, 4 pm. No exceptions. There is no entry fee.

2. Please submit up to 4 works as jpegs on a CD. Each image should be no larger than 1MB. Please call or email if you have questions.

3. Each jpeg file name should correlate with the entry form. You may include up to 3 details of each work.

4. Each artist must include a brief artist statement (no longer than two paragraphs) and resume as Word documents or PDF.

5. Return the completed entry form with your digital submission and include a S.A.S.E ONLY if you wish to have your disc returned to you.

6. If you are unable to submit work in a digital format, please contact Art In City Hall for assistance.

Selection and Installation of Exhibition

Accepted artists will be notified by phone or email. You can call to verify submission status. All work must be in good condition and ready for installation (i.e., hooks, wires, etc.). Artists are responsible for assisting with installation of works which require special attention or extensive demands of time.

The City, the Art in City Hall Exhibitions Committee and/or curators reserve the right to change the content of the exhibition, including the removal of artwork.

Delivery of Work

The time of delivery and installation of artwork will be arranged with each participating artist after notification of acceptance. Artists or artists’ galleries are responsible for shipping and delivery of works, including transfer insurance if needed, as well as the retrieval of work at the end of the exhibition. Please do not submit work that have already been sold or are out of the Philadelphia region.

Sale of Work

Art may be for sale. Art in City Hall is not a commercial gallery and does not take commission.  All sales are between the artist and interested patron(s).


Each accepted artist will receive a loan agreement. Artwork will be insured once received by Art in City Hall and determined to be in good condition for the duration of the exhibition and installation/de-installation periods.

Submissions due: February 28 , 2014, 4 pm. Art Gallery at City Hall, Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, 116 City Hall,mPhiladelphia, PA 19107, (215) 686-9912 email: pARTs

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