The Woodmere Annual

"Freewall, ongoing," by The Dufala Brothers (Courtesy of The Dufala Brothers and Fleisher/Ollman Gallery)The Woodmere Annual: 74th Juried Exhibition

June 27 – September 7, 2015

The exhibition will feature works in a wide variety of media from artists living within 50 miles of the Museum. Works will be selected to create a cohesive presentation that explores contemporary themes and ideas within the arts of Philadelphia. The exhibition will be juried by artists Steven (born 1976) and Billy (born 1981) Dufala. In conjunction with this exhibition, some of the Dufala brothers own work will be on view, and the artists will select objects for display from Woodmere’s collection that relate to the show’s themes. The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated digital catalogue. Recent examples of Woodmere digital exhibition catalogues can be found by following the link below.

About the Jurors

Steven and Billy Dufala are a multidisciplinary practice whose primary concern is the collaborative creation of new work in a variety of media. Moving freely between disciplines, the brothers have created drawings, prints, sculpture, performance, music, and design. Their site specific and installation work combines their sometimes disparate individual interests and engages directly with their own community of artists and makers in Philadelphia, the city in which they live and work. Always anxious to break new ground and forge new relationships, they believe that this type of engagement yields a solid base on which the difficult and divisive issues of our time may be addressed, if not resolved.

With an understanding that conjecture is a more accessible, and so productive, position than any single answer, their work eschews practical reason for an inspired, if sometimes irreverent, take on our consumer culture, waste, recycling, violence, and humor.

From their early experience interacting with the public in the now infamous toilet tricycle race, to the direct community engagement of funeral for a home, the Dufala brothers assume creative life extends beyond the making of objects. Theirs is a practice focused on assessments, questions, and perspectives, resulting in work that reflects, in equal measure, a fascination with the stuff of our contemporary lives and the impact we have on our communities, our planet, and our culture.

The brothers co-teach at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, help facilitate studio space for dozens of local artists, and are represented by Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia. They have exhibited widely, and their work is in many public and privaten collections, including the West Collection, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Billy is a co-founder of Recycled Artist in Residency (RAIR), an artist residency located at Revolution Recovery, a construction and demolition waste recycling facility in northeast Philadelphia.

Steven is a set designer and has worked with many theater artists in Philadelphia and New York City. Both brothers have been members of the band Man Man, of which Steven is a founding member.

Application Procedure

Starting February 13, 2015 all submissions must be made online at and formatted as a JPEG, GIF, PNG, MP3, MP4, or MOV file. Artists may submit up to FIVE artworks for consideration. Each artwork should be represented with one image only (two images if the artwork is a sculpture) or in video format for animation, film, or other time-based media.

Entries sent via email or by mail will NOT be considered.

Images should be formatted so that the orientation of the work is clear. Full, accurate information for each submission must be supplied.

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Entry Fee

The online application fee is $15.00 and is non-refundable.

Submission Dates

February 13 – March 16, 2015

Accepted Work/Notification

Artists will be notified of the juror’s selections by March 30, 2015. Woodmere may retain images of accepted works for the duration of the exhibition for publicity and archival purposes.

Accepted works must be accompanied by a high resolution digital image (jpg, 300 dpi, 5 x 7 in. minimum) for the digital exhibition catalogue.

Artists will be responsible for delivery of accepted artworks to Woodmere Art Museum from May 8 – May 18, 2015 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Pick up of the artwork will be September 9 – 14, 2015. All accepted works MUST remain for the duration of the exhibition. Works will be insured from the date of delivery to the date of retrieval. Woodmere is not responsible for any shipping or handling costs.

Artwork not retrieved by September 14, 2015 will incur a storage fee of $10.00 per day.


Works eligible for submission are works on paper, paintings, sculpture, prints, installations, photographs, and video.

.All work must be exhibit ready.


10 prizes totaling over $2000 will be awarded by the jurors.


• Artists must currently reside within 50 miles of the Museum. Works by undergraduate students are ineligible for submission. Works made before 2012 will not be considered.

• Works in the exhibition will NOT be listed for sale.

• Only artworks that have not been exhibited at Woodmere Art Museum are eligible for submission.

• Artists submitting must have no relation to Woodmere Art Museum staff or Board of Trustees.

Woodmere Art Museum reserves the right to reject any accepted artwork that does not meet the standards for display, eligibility rules listed above, is deemed unsafe, differs from artist’s photo(s) and/or description, or for any other reason.

Juried Exhibition Calendar

February 13, 2015: Submissions open

March 16, 2015: Last day for submissions

March 30, 2015: Selections announced

May 8 – 18, 2015: Delivery of artwork

June 27 – September 7, 2015: Exhibition on view to the public

June 27, 2015: Open House 12 – 4 p.m.

September 7, 2015: Closing reception

September 9 – 14, 2015: Retrieval of artwork


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