Art Installation Competition2023-09-16T13:37:46+00:00

The Artist

Izabel Rothman (Izzi) is a Philadelphia based interdisciplinary artist. Using glass, fibers, wood, and mixed media, they create installations and sculptural works that investigate themes of disability, chronic pain, and growth through unideal conditions. With a background in human microbiology, Izzi is inspired by natural history museum curation, and biological and sociological function through adversity. They began working in glass in 2018 and use the medium as a vehicle for reflecting on the similarities of the material to disabled bodies, and other underrepresented and misunderstood groups. Their work is informed by personal experience and the movement of overcoming obstacles, as well as the human ability of adaptation.

Izzi has a decade-long background in ceramics as both an artist and teacher. Their work has been shown as part of the Cherry Street Pier 2022 show- Pier Review, Dodomu Gallery 2023 online show- Lines and Other Forms, and The Temple Contemporary’s 2023- Message Received. They are currently working towards their BFA in glass at Tyler School of Art and Architecture and are the recipient of the 2023 Partner Scholarship at Corning Museum of Glass.


The Jenkintown Festival of the Arts is the largest outdoor art festival in Montgomery County. The one-day event attracts over 8,000 visitors every year, and has been in operation for over 20 years. This year, the Jenkintown Community Alliance is looking for creative individuals or teams to generate and construct an art or sculpture installation to be on display for the duration of the festival.


704 Greenwood Ave
Jenkintown, 19046

44’ x 59’ area
>2,500 sq ft

Bounded by:
– Greenwood Ave (north)
– Pioneer Fire Co. (west)
– Landscaping (south)
– Location of the Beer & wine area (east)

Installation will be located at the center of the festival at the intersection of artist vendor stalls, live music performances, and food and alcohol sales. The site has high visibility and foot traffic for maximum exposure.

Art Installation Competition Site


Installations can be sculptural, experiential, projections, mixed media, gallery, or anything that celebrates your art. Applicants are encouraged to use their imagination to design and produce their installation. The competition is open to individuals or teams age 18 and up, and the festival occurs rain or shine.


Competition winner(s) will recieve a cash prize of $500 in addition to a $1,000 stipend for supplies. Winner(s) will also be promoted in online as well as printed promotional materials, and awarded a certificate on the day of the event.


The Board Members of the Jenkintown Community Alliance, in addition to the members of the Festival Committee.

Chelsea Sperger

JCA President
Owner of the Sewing Room

Kieran Farrell

JCA Vice President

Lee Rosenthal

JCA Treasurer

Stuart Tollen

JCA Secretary
D.C., C.C.S.P.
Jenkintown Chiropractic Center

JCA Board Member
Owner of Breslin’s Consignment

Heidi Braunschweig

JCA Board Member


Competition Registration & Submission

Registration opens on February 15th, 2023. Applicants will have three months for idea generation, material & budget estimation, and submission preparation. Submission deadline is noon on May 15th, 2023. $25 Registration fee is due at the time of submission, and early entries are accepted and encouraged at any time during this period. Please see “Submissions” sheet for more specific information.

Installation Preparation & Assembly

The winner of the competition will be announced on social media June 15th, 2023. Once the winning individual or team has been contacted via email, they will have access to $1,000 for building supplies, and will have three months for the preparation and off-site assembly of the installation. The project will be installed on-site the day before the festival (September 16th), and will remain up until the day after the festival (September 18th) when it must be removed.


PDF or MP4

Submissions should be in .pdf or .mp4 format & should be emailed to contact@jenkintownfest.org before noon of May 15th

Please Do

  • Be creative and utilize the natural features of the site

  • Apply as an individual or as a team of as many people as you’d like

  • Be sure to include your full name in your email to the board

  • Include a minimum 500 word description of your submission

  • Feel free to submit as many ideas as you can think of

  • Consider public safety and weather as it impacts your design idea

But Don’t

  • Cause any permanent damage or disrupt the landscaping

  • Apply if you are closely associated with any of the jurors

  • Include any part of your name or a business logo on your submission

  • Make your submission fully text. Images* (including sketches) are preferred

  • Promise something you can’t follow through with building and installing

  • Worry, if you need to ask more specific questions just email us!

*Please be advised that fully AI images will not be accepted, however collages using AI art as inspiration when accompanied by supplemental images will be considered.


Can I request benches, cafe tables, high tops, etc. for the site?2023-03-17T19:55:58+00:00

If your design incorporates any of these elements, the fee for rental will be considered out of the material stipend awarded to the winner

Can I charge admission to see my installation, or sell my art out of it?2023-03-17T19:55:06+00:00

No, Jenkintown Festival of the Arts is a free market created to encorporate art into our community. If you would like to rent a vendor tent separately, please see our website for more information

What should I call my submission?2023-03-17T19:54:28+00:00

Get creative and feel free to title your submission anything “G” rated. Your and your project’s name will be featured in promotional materials

Can I list this competition on my resume if I win?2023-03-17T19:53:52+00:00

Yes, feel free to photograph and/ or document your installation for personal use

What happens if I don’t use the whole stipend for supplies?2023-03-17T19:53:24+00:00

Any stipend money not used for supplies should be returned to the JCA

If a team is selected do they have to split the prize money?2023-03-17T19:52:58+00:00

Yes, the prize for the winner will be split amonst the team should a multi-person group be selected

Does the entire site need to be used?2023-03-17T19:48:56+00:00

No, the installation can exist on any portion of the site allowing patrons to enter and explore

Thank you and please feel free to email any specific questions to contact@jenkintownfest.org

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