In-fill is the practice of re-dedication of land to new programming and/or development. Many small towns and cities in Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, have vacant lots. Often these lots sit unused for years. In some instances, communities have reassigned these spaces as outdoor amenities such as pocket parks, playgrounds, community gardens, outdoor workspaces, meditation gardens, and performance venues. These transitions breathe new life into underutilized spaces. As examples, think about Canal Park in Danville (rendering below courtesy of the Danville Business Alliance), the proposed pocket park in Bloomsburg, and your own town’s empty spaces.
IN-FILL PA seeks to engage residents, artists, designers, and design firms from all over to share their work to inspire engaged dialogue to address in-fill spaces in communities across Pennsylvania.
IN-FILL PA participants are asked to submit hard copies or PDFs of drawings, graphics, photo-collages, plans, and 2-D models of concept designs and implemented projects that address in-fill spaces. Before and after imagery is welcome as well as images that illustrate the process of in-fill space transformation.
IN-FILL PA is a public art project conceived and produced by Cindi Hron and The Exchange Gallery. Thanks to the Community Giving Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for funding.
Example: Miller Avenue, Bloomsburg
Work due April 19th
Show runs at the Exchange Gallery May 8th through June 9th
Reception 5:00-7:30, Friday, May 12th
Community charrettes TBA
IN-FILL PA will take place during the spring of 2023: The submitted designs will be displayed at the Exchange Gallery in Bloomsburg AND additional regional exhibition venues located in Central Pennsylvania. Each exhibition site will further highlight local in-fill projects and conduct informal public charettes to encourage discourse to address in-fill design and program needs in these communities.
IN-FILL PA seeks submissions from near and far, across Pennsylvania and around the U.S. and around the world.
Questions? Contact Oren Helbok, 570-317-2596, [email protected]
Deadline for Submission: April 19th, 2023
Send hard copies to The Exchange Gallery, 24 East Main Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Participants wishing to have their work returned need to include pre-paid mailers.
Or submit PDFs (each 10mb max) to [email protected]
Example: Main and Jefferson Streets, Bloomsburg
The Exchange Gallery, 24 East Main Street, Bloomsburg
May 8 – June 9, 2023
The Art Grind, 339 Mill Street, Danville
May 11 – June 3, 2023
Berwick dates and location(s) TBA