About the Exhibition

The Woodmere Annual: 75th Juried Exhibition

The Condition of Place

June 4 – August 28, 2016

Odili Donald Odita, juror


Closing Reception
Sunday, August 28, 2016| 2:00-4:00 p.m.


From 448 entries, Odita has selected 70 artists from the Philadelphia region. In addition to selections made from submissions, Odita has included his own work and has placed on view Edith Neff’s Swimming Pool at Hunting Park (1977) from the Museum’s collection.

This year’s theme, The Condition of Place, brings a new and unique element to the exhibition.  Inspired in part by the diversity and vital view of Philadelphia’s urban fabric in Neff’s painting, Odita asked artists to define “condition” broadly; “place” refers to the city of Philadelphia. The chosen artists have used a wide variety of media to express both the theme of the show and how it relates to them in the authenticity that is Philadelphia. Woodmere’s mission is to tell the story of the art and artists of Philadelphia.  This show tells the stories of 70 artists and their city of Philadelphia in very different, yet sometimes very related ways. 

The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated digital catalogue. Recent examples of Woodmere digital exhibition catalogues can be found here.


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.


The following artists have been selected for inclusion in The Woodmere Annual:

Natessa Amin | Brian Artigue | Maya Malachowski Bajak | Michael Bartmann | Betsey Batchelor | Jim Biglan | Ava Blitz | Mark Brosseau | Max Budnick | Rebekah Callaghan | Teresa Cervantes | Jacintha Clark | Moira Connelly | Patrick Connors | MattCoombs | Corinna Cowles Meghan Cox | Filipe De Sousa | Jonathan DeDecker | Nicole Dikon | Alex Echevarria | Raphael Fenton-Spaid | Ryan Foley | Kiki Gaffney Michael Gallagher | Bryant Girsch | Natasha Gusta  | Charles Hall | Jacob Hammes | Jesse Harrod | Mary Henderson | Sarah Heyward    Marilyn Holsing | Gina Hoover | Lydia Hunn | TJ Hunt | Matt Jacobs | Aissulu Kadyrzhanova | Sarah Kaufman | Andrea Keefe | Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe | Stephanie Knopp | Maria Leguizamo | Alice Norman Mandel | Mark C Martinez | James Maurelle | Megan McGlynn and Laura Sallade | Molly Metz | James Morton | Andrew Negrey | Karyn Olivier | Michelle Oosterbaan | Francesca Reyes | Sophie Sanders | Anne Schaefer | Bianca Schreiber | Larry Spaid | Kara Springer | Colleen McCubbin Stepanic | Theresa Sterner | Kristen Taylor | Michael Taylor | Jon Weary | Seneca Weintraut | Lauren Whearty | Tyler Wilkinson | Kenneth Winterschladen | Misha Wyllie


Questions? Direct ALL inquiries to annual@woodmereartmuseum.org



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