The Woodmere Annual: 80th Juried Exhibition


The Woodmere Annual: 80th Juried Exhibition

Migration is the act of moving from one place to another. We move in different ways between man-made borders, physical and ancestral spaces, and our memories.

Jurors Michelle Angela Ortiz and José Ortiz-Pagán invite artists to submit works of visual art that reflect the theme of migration. 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 fifty miles of the Museum.


Michelle Angela Ortiz is a visual artist, muralist, community arts educator, and filmmaker who uses her art to represent people and communities whose histories are often lost or co-opted. Through community arts practices, painting, documentaries, and public art installations, she creates a safe space for dialogue around some of the most profound issues communities and individuals may face. Her work tells stories using richly crafted and emotive imagery to claim and transform spaces into a visual affirmation that reveals the strength and spirit of the community.

Over the past twenty years, Ortiz has designed and created more than fifty large-scale public works nationally and internationally. Since 2008, Ortiz has led art for social change public art projects in Costa Rica and Ecuador and as a cultural envoy through the US Embassy in Fiji, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Venezuela, Honduras, and Cuba.

Ortiz is a 2021 Art Is Essential grantee, an Art for Justice Fund grantee, a Pew Fellow, a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellow, and a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist National Fellow. In 2016, she received the Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network Year in Review Award, which honors outstanding public art projects in the nation.

José Ortiz-Pagán is a multidisciplinary artist and cultural organizer. His practice focuses on local communities, negotiating their cultural presence in the context of the transitional and migratory. In his work he uses ritual, games, gatherings, and objects as tools for discussion.

Ortiz-Pagán is the recipient of an Art Works grant from the Philadelphia Foundation and the Forman Arts Initiative, which recognizes the work of community-based artists. As a curator, he has been responsible for projects that include Portales (Portals), a survey of work of Samuel Lind that focuses on the juncture between the artist’s spiritual framework and how it impacted the local culture of his community in Loíza, Puerto Rico.

Ortiz-Pagán’s work has been featured in the Trienal Poli/gráfica in San Juan, Puerto Rico; the International Biennial Print Exhibit in Taiwan ROC, and the Bronx Latin American Art Biennial, among other exhibitions.

Application Procedure

Starting January 10, 2022, submissions must be made online at and formatted as a JPG, 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.

Entry Fee

The online application fee is $15.00 and is non-refundable.

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Submission Dates

January 10–February 14, 2022

Accepted Work/Notification

Artists will be notified of the jurors’ selections by March 14, 2022.

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 (delivery will take place in mid-May) and retrieval (retrieval will take place in early September) of accepted artworks to Woodmere Art Museum. 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.

All work must be exhibition ready.

Exhibition dates

The Woodmere Annual: 80th Juried Exhibition will be on view June 4–August 28, 2022.


Ten prizes totaling over $2,000 will be awarded by the jurors.


Artists must currently reside within fifty miles of the Museum. Works by undergraduate students are ineligible for submission.

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.

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 the artist's photo(s) and/or description, or for any other reason.


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