CALL FOR ARTISTS: Making Israel Real


A 2017 grant program of the Temple Judea Museum (TJM)through funding from the Jewish Federation of Philadelphia – Israel Engagement program.

WHAT IS IT? A grant program open to professional artists in the Philadelphia region who have never visited Israel.

PURPOSE: To help artists become familiar with the visual arts, artists, galleries, museums and creative milieu of Israel.

HOW? Selected artists will participate in four seminar sessions at TJM spread over two Sunday afternoons: May 7th and May 21st from 12:00 – 2:30pm each day. A light lunch will be served.

Grant leaders are Cheryl Harper and Rita Rosen Poley.

Cheryl Harper is the scholar-in-residence for Making Israel Real. Both curator and artist, Harper organized many cutting edge Israel themed exhibitions, including the well-received multi-site project “LandEscapes” in 2002, and traveled to Israel to meet with curators and artists, making studio visits and the rounds to museums and galleries. While curator of galleries at the Gershman Y in Philadelphia, Harper’s Israel shows attracted consistent critical attention. She worked with Philadelphia, New York and Israel cultural attaches to bring these shows to Philadelphia. Her award-funded travel to Israel as an undergraduate affected her own artwork and laid the groundwork for her sustained interest in Israeli contemporary art.

Rita Rosen Poley, Director and Curator of the Temple Judea Museum, Elkins Park, PA, since 1999, was Art Education Consultant for the Division of Community Services of Gratz College and art education lecturer there for fifteen years. She developed the Arthur and Rita Poley Gallery at Delaware Valley University, the first such gallery for on-campus exhibitions of college history. She developed and directed ENTOURAGE:Exhibitions, a national company for the travel of art exhibitions to small colleges and museums. She served on the committee for the development of the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center at Beth Sholom synagogue, and has reviewed grants for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. A practicing studio artist; she holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Tyler School, TU. She has organized many exhibitions about Israel and has made more than twenty trips to Israel.

HOW DO I APPLY? Send an up to date bio and ten images* of recent work – or send a connection to your professional website, along with a statement of no more than 500 words, detailing why you are interested in knowing more about the arts and artists of Israel and how such knowledge could be helpful in your art and/or community involvement. Send to TJMuseum@kenesethisrael.org. *Send images of your art work in JPEG format as they can be easily compressed into small and manageable sizes without loss of detail. Label your images in numeric order and with titles: Example:  01_Name_Title

1. Each participating artist will receive a $100 honorarium at the end of the four sessions.
2. Participating artists may be invited to participate in a follow up exhibition.
3. Each artist will receive a CD with images created specially for this grant.
4. You do not have to be Jewish to participate.
5. For more information, please email: TJMuseum@kenesethisrael.org

The Temple Judea Museum
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
8339 Old York Road, (SE corner Township Line Road) – Elkins Park, PA 19027

Opportunity posted on: January 18, 2017