The Woodmere Annual: 79th Juried Exhibition Seeing the Story


Seeing the Story

Stories are a staple of life; they let us see ourselves. They unfold over time, from the briefest moment to the fullness of a lifetime.​

- David Wiesner

Woodmere Art Museum invites artists to submit works of visual, narrative art. Submissions can be in single or multi-image format, including two and three-dimensional works as well as time-based art (video, animation, etc.) Submissions will be accepted from artists living within 50 miles of the Museum. The work of this year's juror, David Wiesner, will also be included, along with selections he has curated from the Museum's collection.

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
David Wiesner is an author and artist who creates picture books, graphic novels, and digital narratives. The focus of his work has been wordless storytelling. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.
David has been awarded the Caldecott Medal three times – for Tuesday in 1992, The Three Pigs in 2002, and Flotsam in 2006. Three other books of his, Free Fall, Sector 7, and Mr.Wuffles were named Caldecott Honor Books.

Among other honors, David has received the top picture book awards in Japan, France, Germany and South America. He was the 2008 United States nominee, and a finalist, for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. He is currently on the faculty of the Pennsylvania Academy Of Fine Art.

David has had solo exhibitions of his work at the Dallas Museum of Art; The Sungkok Art Museum and the Hyundai Museum in Seoul, Korea; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; the Grand Rapids Art Museum; Cinteca Di Bologna in Italy; the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Group exhibitions include the Art Institute of Chicago; the Chrysler Museum of Art; the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design; the Brandywine River Museum of Art; Museum EKI, Kyoto Japan.

Submission Details

Submission Period:  January 13–February 10, 2020 
Announcement of Selections: March 9, 2020

Starting January 13, 2020 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.

The orientation of the work must be clear. Full, accurate information for each submission must be supplied.

Questions may be emailed to:

Entry Fee
The online application fee is $20.00 and is non-refundable.
Submission Dates
January 13 – February 10, 2020
Accepted Work/Notification
Artists will be notified of the juror's selections by March 9, 2020. 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 4 – May 12, 2020 by appointment only, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. All artwork must be picked up between September 9-12, 2020. 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, 2020 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 2017 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.