The Woodmere Annual: 75th Juried Exhibition

The Condition of Place

June 4 – August 28, 2016

Odili Donald Odita, juror

Woodmere Art Museum invites artists to submit work that considers the theme “the condition of place.” Submissions may define “condition” broadly;  “place” refers to the city of Philadelphia.

In addition to selections made from submissions, the juror Odili Donald Odita, will select objects from the Museum’s collection. Odita’s own work will also be on view.

The exhibition will feature works in a wide variety of media from artists living within 50 miles of the Museum.

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 Juror

Odili Donald Odita is an abstract painter whose work explores color both in an historical context and in the sociopolitical sense.

Odita has had solo exhibitions of his work at museums and institutions across the globe including Kunsthalle, St. Gallen; Venice Biennale (2007); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Studio Museum in Harlem; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita; and Princeton University. He has been represented by The Jack Shainman Gallery since 2006 where solo exhibitions of his work include The Velocity of Change (2015), This, That, and The Other (2013), Body & Space (2010), and Fusion (2006).

Odita has been commissioned to paint several large-scale wall installations at institutions such as The United States Mission to the United Nations in New York (2011), the Savannah College of Art and Design (2012), New York Presbyterian Hospital (2012), New Orleans Museum of Art (2011), Kiasma, Helsinki (2011) and the George C. Young Federal Building and Courthouse in Orlando, Florida (2013).

Odita is currently a Professor of Painting at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. He has been a Visiting Critic in Painting at Yale University, an Associate Professor in Painting at the Florida State University, Tallahassee and was a Visiting Associate Professor in Painting at the University of South Florida, Tampa.  In 2015, Odita served as a resident faculty member at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture.  During the 1990’s, Odita was a critic for Flash Art International, and a consulting editor and writer for NKA, Journal of Contemporary African Art.


Application Procedure

Starting February 1 2, 2016 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 views if the artwork is three dimensional*) or in video format for animation, film, or other time-based media.

*Multiple views can be combined split-screen style into one image.

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 12 – March 20, 2016

Accepted Work/Notification
Artists will be notified of the juror’s selections by April 11, 2016. 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 6 – May 16, 2016 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Pick up of the artwork will be August 31 – September 12, 2016. 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 12, 2016 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 juror.

• 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 12, 2016: Submissions open

March 20, 2016: Last day for submissions

April 11, 2016: Selections announced

May 6 – 16, 2016: Delivery of artwork

June 4 – August 28, 2016: Exhibition on view to the public

August 31 – September 12, 2016: Retrieval of artwork


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