The Woodmere Annual 78th Juried Exhibition Call for Artists
This Deadline Expired: Monday, March 18, 2019
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.
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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.