Allentown Art Museum is seeking an experienced quilter or textile artist and dynamic educator to serve as an Artist in Residence to serve in conjunction with the Roots exhibition, June-August 2021. The artist will play a key role in the programmatic initiative, The Threads We Share. This season-long program will consist of both in-person and virtual quilting circles, in which this artist (with the assistance of a moderator) will teach sewing and quilting techniques while sharing and gathering stories. This program will culminate in a community quilt and an exhibition in the Museum’s Community Gallery.

The Museum is searching for applicants with skills in hand and machine sewing, quilting, pattern making, embroidery, and related crafts as well as a demonstrated commitment to education and community building. The successful candidate will have an established record of working with students of all ages, experience, and ability levels and a comfort teaching in both museum and community settings. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups and must be open to critical dialogue about arts activism, identity, and diversity.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that meetings will occur both in-person and on a virtual platform, and any physical interactions will strictly adhere to social distancing and hygienic measures as mandated by the Pennsylvania State policy.


The successful candidate must have a portfolio of work that includes quilt making and textile arts, as well as extensive teaching experience. It is preferred that the candidate has experience working in educational settings and possesses knowledge, sensitivity, and understanding of the social, political, personal, and cross-cultural needs of students. The candidate must demonstrate familiarity with working in a virtual format.


The residency is a 3-month (June-August 2021), 1099 contracted position, consisting of 17 total quilting circle sessions. Each session will require between 2-3 hours of  work in addition to the time required to construct the final community quilt for a total of between 40-60 hours. The amount of compensation for the residency is $4,000 which will be paid to the artist–half after signing the contract and the remainder after the completion of the project.

Application Instructions:

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants must supply all of the following materials in order to be considered for this position:

  1. A letter of interest outlining how the candidate’s qualifications and experiences align with the position description
  2. An artist statement
  3. A curriculum vitae
  4. A portfolio of representative work. All materials should be sent to with the subject line “Artist in Residence Application.”

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the Allentown Art Museum.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Allentown Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

About Allentown Art Museum:

Founded in 1934 and incorporated in 1939, the Allentown Art Museum (AAM) is the premier public visual arts facility in northeastern, PA. The Museum strives to be an inclusive regional resource that uses arts and culture as a catalyst to drive interaction, education, experimentation, and social change by offering exhibitions and programs that inspire, teach, transform, and engage our Valley–one person, one idea at a time. Our vision is to stimulate the active exploration of the arts and provide access, education, and engagement. Our goals include developing innovative programs to ensure that we can listen, respond to, and serve our community effectively. The Museum maintains a collection of 20,000 works of art in a 54,000+ sq. ft. facility, enjoying 60,000-70,000 visitors annually.