The Woodmere Annual: 78th Juried Exhibition

The Woodmere Annual: 78th Juried Exhibition
June 1 – September 2, 2019
Eileen Neff, juror
Second Nature: The Poetics of Re-presentation

I keep artificial plants near my kitchen sink, real ones in the studio. A slab of dried yellow paint serves as a centerpiece on a small white table. My wooden birds shake their heads and sing their songs, but only when they're turned on.

                                                                                                                - Eileen Neff


Woodmere Art Museum invites artists to submit work that engages the poetics of re-presentation as central to its considerations. The exhibition will feature works in a wide range of media from artists living within 50 miles of the Museum. The work of this year's juror, Eileen Neff, will also be included, along with a selection she 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

Eileen Neff

Having formally studied literature and painting, Eileen Neff has been working with photo-based images and installations since 1981. Drawing on both historic and contemporary concepts of picturing the natural and constructed world, her work also includes an investigation of studio practice itself as a generative source. From the start, Neff’s projects have developed in relation to the sites where she exhibits, embracing presentation considerations as another critical layer of inquiry.

Her recent solo exhibitions were at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia and Bruce Silverstein in New York City. In 2007, the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia) exhibited a 15-year retrospective of her work, which in 2009 traveled to the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, Ireland. The same year, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina presented a 10-year retrospective of Neff’s work. Other individual installations include the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia; the Carnegie Mellon Art Gallery, Pittsburgh; Artists Space, New York City; and P.S. 1, Long Island City. Her work is currently represented by Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia.

Neff has been the recipient of several awards, the most recent being a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Memorial Fellowship. Other awards include a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts Grant, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, and the Leeway Foundation Artist Grant. She’s been awarded residencies at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont, Kentucky; Monte Azul Contemporary Art, Talamanca Mountains, Costa Rica: MacDowell Art Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire: the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; and La Napoule Art Foundation, La Napoule, France.

Eileen Neff is a Resident Critic in the MFA Program at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. From 1989 – 2002, Neff wrote reviews for Artforum and continues to write independently.


Application Procedure

Starting February 25, 2019 submissions must be made online 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 25 – March 18, 2019

Accepted Work/Notification

Artists will be notified of the juror's selections by April 8, 2019. 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 13, 2019 by appointment only, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. All artwork must be picked up from September 5 – 9, 2019. 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 9, 2019 will incur a storage fee of $10.00 per day.


Works eligible for submission are clay, fiber, wood and other craft media, 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.

Juried Exhibition Calendar

February 25: Submissions open

March 18: Last day for submissions

April 8: Selections announced

May 4 – 13 (including weekends and Mondays): Delivery of artwork by appointment only

June 1 – September 2: Exhibition on view to the public

June 1: Open house reception noon-4 p.m.

June 8: Juror talk 3 p.m.

September 2: Closing reception

September 5 – 9: Retrieval of artwork


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