a work in progress; a home undergoing renovation; a small seed holding the potential of growing into a collaboratively organized creative living and working space.

project archive can be found @843_____blankspace_____
Seeking proposals from individuals, collaborators, and collectives outlining projects that creatively engage vacant spaces within a house undergoing slow renovation. I am an artist engaging in material explorations and the wayfinding required to renovate this space with care and attunement. I offer its use as a resource and an invitation to engage in experimental, playful, and generative acts of co-creation.

(___) is located in a residential neighborhood of Wilkinsburg, PA. Originally built in 1900 as a single family home, (___) previously underwent several rounds of remodeling that expanded the home into three apartment units, one per floor. The first floor apartment serves as a shared studio space, and renovations will soon be underway on the third floor. The second floor, measuring approximately 1,000 sq ft, is available for projects this year. The building has heat and electricity. Water and a working bathroom are available on the 1st floor.

Projects may take myriad forms perhaps involving: installation, events, experimental/formal displays of 2 and 3D artworks, performance, social engagement, temporary studio space, or combinations of these. Experimental, immersive, and interactive submissions are encouraged. Before projects are undertaken we will discuss impacts on the physical space and neighbors. I’ll offer guidance and problem solving support for logistics and any necessary remediation. Please keep the nature and status of the building in mind while developing your project proposal. While you are welcome to use the space as one, (___) is not a gallery.

Projects may take place between June and December 2023 and use all or part of the second floor. Specify desired duration of the project and whether or not specific dates are preferred in your project proposal. See images below to get an idea of what the space is like and to see 2022 projects, and see our Instagram feed for more frequent updates, @843____blankspace____.

Generally there will be no cost for use of the space including utilities; however, if a project’s goal is to turn a profit we may ask you to contribute a portion of the proceeds to the cost of using the space. The specifics would be determined in advance should this be the case. Please note, proposals with a profit motive will not be given any special preference.

Proposals from folks outside of the Pittsburgh area are welcome, however you must be present in the area for the duration of your project. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide living accommodations at this time.

All proposals submitted for consideration and documentation of those that are realized will become part of the building’s archive.

Proposals should be a single pdf that includes:

  • Name and contact info (if a team, include all artists indicating primary contact).
  • Description of Project (2 pages or less please). What do you want to do and why do you want to do it? How will your project engage with the building? How might it impact the structure (and what plans for remediation need to be made)?
  • Duration, including any date preferences. Remember to plan for deinstallation and remediation. Include plans for any receptions or “open” hours.
  • 3-5 Supporting Images and/or Work Samples.
  • Brief Bio and CV (no more than 2 pages).

To view the space, ask questions, or submit a proposal, email Joey at Please include “blankspace project proposal” in the subject line.

Proposals must be received by 11:59 pm Monday, May 1st 2023.


a work in progress; a home undergoing renovation; a small seed holding the potential of growing into a collaboratively organized creative living and working space.