Katheryn Pannepacker Fellowship

Deadline to submit: Dec. 1st

With the generous funding from the Joseph Robert Foundation, Da Vinci Art Alliance is happy to announce one fully funded exhibition opportunity for an emerging Philadelphia-based curator. This curator would develop a fully realized exhibition exploring social, political, or cultural content that engages local communities.

Rules for entry:

This call is open to DVAA Members and Non-members. Each Applicant must submit the form and complete the open call payment before the deadline for their application to be complete.

If additional support is needed around gathering application materials please reach out to Jarrod@davinciartalliance.org. Administrative, language or logistical concerns should not be a barrier for applying to this opportunity.


  • Application Deadline: December 1st, 2019

  • Selection Announcement: January 1st 2019

  • Exhibition Run Dates: 8/5 - 8/23/2020

  • Opening Reception: 8/5/2020

Submission fee:

  • DVAA Members: Free

  • Non-Members: $20


Applications will be reviewed by the DVAA Exhibitions Committee, Staff, and Advisory Board. Proposals will be judged by their artistic and conceptual merit, proof of concept, and demonstration of need.


About the Program:

Founded by 9 Italian immigrant artists in 1931, Da Vinci Art Alliance (DVAA) has continuously served as a space of creative refuge. The Da Vinci Fellowship program builds off of our founding mission by annually supporting Philadelphia-based artist or artist/curators. This Fellowship track is named after Kathryn Pannepacker whose leadership in 1997 re-birthed Da Vinci Art Alliance after years of inactivity. Kathryn is currently a textile artist and painter living in Philadelphia, creating visual art pieces and projects with the mission of “art-for-all” and “peace-for-all”. This opportunity opens up our space to perspectives and artists who could not otherwise afford our rental fees. Valued at $2,895, these fellowship tracks further open DVAA’s doors to innovative ideas and artistic risk-taking and exploration.

Each fellow will:

  • Develop a fully realized exhibition with DVAA in the assigned gallery space.

  • Spearhead the exhibition process, including: theme creation, artist management, and ultimate layout and presentation. Each Da Vinci Fellowship exhibition would be supported by DVAA staff and the other Da Vinci Fellows, expanding DVAA’s mission to build community through art.

  • Participate in at least 3 fellowship planning sessions in preparation for all the Da Vinci Fellowship exhibitions throughout 2020.

  • Meet and engage the DVAA membership by attending at least 1 DVAA Crit Night and participating in at least 1 Membership Exhibition in 2020.

The curator would receive a $200 supply gift card and a fully catered exhibition reception. Additionally Fellows will have access to DVAA office resources, space, and other Fellows to develop this show. They would work alongside DVAA's Exhibitions and Programming Director to oversee, advise, and install the exhibition.

The Da Vinci Fellowship Program is made possible by DVAA Membership Dues, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and a generous grant from the Joseph Robert Foundation.

 For your application to be complete, you must fill out the entire form and make the payment afterwards.

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