The Place Between Two Rivers, The Philadelphia Idea.

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The Place Between Two Rivers, The Philadelphia Idea.


The Place Between Two Rivers, The Philadelphia Idea is a juried Open Call for DVAA members only. The exhibition location is The International House in West Philadelphia with juror David Acosta. 

Deadline to Submit: September 8th, midnight



The Place Between Two Rivers, The Philadelphia Idea.

Juror David Acosta

Deadline to Submit: September 8th, midnight

Open Call to DVAA members


The Place Between Two Rivers, The Philadelphia Idea is an exhibition asking artists to respond to the idea of Philadelphia. Philadelphia is the home of Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution were written and signed, forming the basis for our nation and government. Philadelphia was recently named a World Heritage City due to its importance as the birthplace of many important ideas and institutions that have served as inspiration for other countries who aspire to similar ideas of freedom, tolerance, and governance. For this call, artists are asked to pay tribute to Philadelphia and to its historic designation as the first World Heritage City in the United States or to juxtapose the idea of Philadelphia against a more global landscape.


Artwork will be selected by juror David Acosta; writer, poet, cultural worker and co-founder of Casa de Duende. This exhibition will take place in the East Alcove Gallery, located in the public lobby of the International House building at 3701 Chestnut Street. A public opening reception will be held on Tuesday September 26th from 6-8pm.


Application Deadline: Thursday September 8th, midnight

Notification of selection: Monday September 11th

Drop off of work: Saturday  September 16th 10am-noon  

Exhibition runs: Sunday September 17 - 12/17

Pick up: December 17th 10-noon

Opening Reception: Tuesday September 26th, 6-8pm



  • You must be able to make drop off and pick up times- if not be able to find someone who can for you. Because of the venue we do not have any flexibility in this. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Exhibition is open to 2d work only.

  • Open to current members of DVAA and current residents, alumni, and staff of  International House Philadelphia.

  • Artist may submit maximum of 2 entries. Largest dimension is 36in including the frame

  • Entry fee is $15 for DVAA members

  • DVAA and International House are responsible for all press releases, listings, price lists, and gallery labels. Your participation is permission to include images of artwork in promotion. Artwork will be handled with great care, but DVAA and IHP are not responsible for loss or damage. Insurance is the responsibility of the artist by submitting you agree to these terms.

  • When the work is delivered the Exhibitions Director reserves the right to refuse works that are not ready to be shown because of improper framing, fragility, damage or low quality.

  • At drop off please unwrap the work for inspection. If any packing supplies are left with the work they may not be returned. Make sure to give any specific install instructions prior to drop off. If the work needs special handling it must be approved by the exhibitions coordinator before drop off.

  • The artist receives 70% commission on artwork sold from the exhibition and as a result of contacts made through the DVAA and IHP. Payment to the artist will be sent within 30 days or sooner after the show closes. All artwork left after pick-up date is subject to a $5.00 per day late fee unless other arrangements have been made. After 30 days the artwork becomes property of the gallery.

  • Label the back of you work with your name, contact info, price of work



  • You must fill out the submission form on the DVAA web-site under open-calls. It asks for your contact information, title, size including frame, medium, price, and a one sentence description of how the work fits into the theme of the exhibition. Number your images to match this list. This sentence and images may be used for promotion.

  • Total of 2 works may be submitted.

  • All images must be submitted as a jpeg, 72 dpi, 2500 pixels max on longest dimension.

  • Identify each slide as follows: 1_full_name.jpg

  • Email to: with the title- International House Intersection exhibition

  • Improper formatted submissions will not be accepted.