The Woodmere Annual: 78th Juried Exhibition


About the Exhibition

Eileen Neff, juror

Woodmere's annual juried exhibition, Second Nature: The Poetics of Re-presentation, highlights contemporary work in a wide variety of media by artists living within fifty miles of the museum. This year's juror, Eileen Neff, has selected works that engage the poetics of re-presentation.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated digital catalogue, linked at the bottom of this page, and has been featured in the latest episode of Woodmere's podcast, Diving Board. To subscribe and listen, click here.

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

About the Juror

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.

Exhibition Related Events
06.01.19 | Open House Reception | Noon-4pm
06.08.19 | Gallery Talk with Juror | 3pm
06.29.19 | Family Tour & Artmaking | 11am-12:30pm
09.02.19 | Closing Reception | 2-4pm

We are pleased to announce the artists that were selected for inclusion in the Woodmere Annual: 78th Juried Exhibition:

David Aipperspach
Linda Lee Alter
Steven Baris
Philippa Beardsley
Rita Bernstein
Sarah Bloom
Matthew Borgen
Agathe Bouton
John Breakey
Sophie Brenneman
Thomas Brummett
Lindsay Buchman
Haley Burns
Ryan Busch
John Carlano
Ivana Carman
Neill Catangay
Jacintha Clark
Alex Cohen
Carol Cole
Annson Conaway
Nancy Cooke
Donna Czapiga
Micah Danges
Ilana Dodelson
Samantha Dominik
Charles Emlen
Stephanie Fenner
Virginia Fleming
Evan Fugazzi
Kiki Gaffney
Raffaele Gans-Pfister
Qingsheng Gao
Marissa Georgiou
Bill Gerhard
Tom Goodman
Alex Griffin
Elizabeth Hamilton
Laura Beamesderfer Havlish
Nancy Clearwater Herman
Maddie Hewitt
Sean Hildreth
Ditta Baron Hoeber
John Holsinger
Sharka Hyland
Olivia Jia
Rod Jones II
Sam Jones
Melissa Joseph
Tom Judd
Clint Jukkala
Bruce Katsiff
David Kettner
Ron Klein
Mari Elaine Lamp
Booyoung Lee
Anne Leith
Bonnie Levinthal
Tiantian Li
Adam Lovitz
Bonnie MacAllister
Patrick Maguire
Tilda Mann
Charles Mason III
Silas McDonough
Illya Mousavijad
Chelsea Nader
Matt Neff
Chau Nguyen
Nathan Pankratz
Valerie Pfaff
Bruce Pollock
Kaitlin Pomerantz
DeJeonge Reese
Clare Robinson
Alexander Rosenberg
Marta Sanchez
Phillip Scarpone
Meredith Sellers
Keith Sharp
Teresa Shields
Stuart Shils
Elizabeth Silbaugh
Lawrence Souder
Julia Staples
Melinda Steffy
Marcelino Stuhmer
Tiffany Tate
Blaise Tobia
Mat Tomezsko
Eric Toscano
Katherine Volpe
Michael Ward-Rosenbaum
Austen Weymueller


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Closing Reception: The Woodmere Annual

Monday, 02 September 2019 00:00
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