The Woodmere Annual: 80th Juried Exhibition


About the 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 invited artists to submit works of visual art that reflect the theme of migration.

Thirty-five artists working in sculpture, video, painting, photography, and collage address topics such as the Great Migration, the experience of Congolese immigrants in Philadelphia, the degradation of the natural world, and the migration of the Arctic tern, whose annual route is longer than that of any other bird. The spectrum of ideas and processes illustrates the intellectual rigor and creative diversity that characterize our city’s art community.


Exhibition-related Events

June 4 | 12 - 3 pm | Opening Reception

June 14 | 7 pm | Zoom Gallery Talk: The Woodmere Annual | Click here to watch the recorded video.



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 rituals, 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.

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Accepted Artists

Maryanne Buschini
Joe Castro
Debora Dias
Mikel Elam
Harvey Finkle
Jeff Gola
Michael Grimaldi
Jacob Hammes
Hee Sook Kim
Maci Kociszewski
Marlis Kraft
Susan Lowry
Emilio Maldonado
Michael D. McGeehan
Thomas McKinney
Michael Mergen
Marge Miccio
Nicole Michaud
Deirdre Murphy
Chau Nguyen
Yangbin Park
Ginny Perry
Jonathan Pinkett
Rashidah Salam
Marta Sanchez
Edna Santiago
Hinda Schuman
Sarah Steinwachs
Maria Ahhyun Stracke
John Stritzinger
Jacqueline Unanue
Cristhian Varela
Idalia Vasquez-Achury
Shira Walinsky
Yolanda Ward



The Woodmere Annual: 80th Juried Exhibition

Read a conversation with jurors Michelle Angela Ortiz and José Ortiz-Pagán about the work in the 80th Juried Exhibition.

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