In Front of Strangers, I Sing: 72nd Annual Juried Exhibition

May 25 - September 2, 2013
Closing Reception: September 2, 2013 | 2 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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 has been juried by artists Dona Nelson and Rubens Ghenov. In conjunction with the juried show, some of Nelson’s and Ghenov’s own work are on view, and the artists have select objects for display from Woodmere’s collection that relate to the show’s themes. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalog. For a list of artists in the show, please click here.

About the Jurors

Dona Nelson makes big paintings that echo the physicality of Abstract Expressionism, but uses paint and other materials, to suggest figures, landscapes, birds and architecture. She cites Lucio Fontana and Edvard Munch, as important influences. She has had ten solo exhibitions, primarily in New York. In 2000, the Weatherspoon Museum of Fine Art in Greensboro, North Carolina presented a large survey exhibition of her work. Nelson’s work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions throughout the country. Her paintings are included in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the, the M.I.T. Collection, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and Woodmere Art Museum.

A Professor of Painting and Drawing at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Nelson has also served as a Visiting Critic at Yale University and a faculty member in the Summer MFA Program at the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College.

Rubens Ghenov is an artist, professor and curator working in Philadelphia. Born in São Paulo, Ghenov immigrated to the United States in 1989. He received a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, both in painting.

In his work, Ghenov employs various media including paint, found objects and sound. Influenced by Giorgio Morandi and Miyoko Ito, he has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions locally and nationally. He is a member of the artist-run exhibition space Tiger Strikes Asteroid.


Juried Exhibition Calendar

February 9, 2013: Submissions open

March 2, 2013: Submissions close

March 18, 2013: Selections announced

March 19 – 28, 2013: Delivery of art work

May 25 – September 1, 2013: Exhibition on view to the public

June 1 – Open House | noon – 4:00 p.m.

September 2 – Closing Reception | 12:00-4:00 p.m.

September 3 – 8 , 2013: Pick-up of artwork