Ellarslie Open 37/38

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The Premier Annual Juried Show Is Back!


Awards and Prizes in 10 Categories
$1000 Prize for Best In Show

Download printable prospectus HERE


Ellarslie Open 37/38 on view in person and online from
June 26 through October 3, 2021

The Ellarslie Open returns for 2021 with new dates, new plans, and new energy! Showcasing artwork by established and emerging artists from across the region and beyond, the Ellarslie Open has grown into the Delaware Valley’s premier annual juried exhibition since its inception in 1983. Sidelined in 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic, we are trying a new entry process this year: the online platform CaFÉ.org. We are excited about the new system’s expanded entry timeframe, increased flexibility for artists, and streamlined early jurying rounds. Along with Juror William R. Valerio, introduced below, we look forward to your entries.

  1. Artists create a free account on CaFÉ and submit up to 6 pieces online (first entry: $25 for TMS members with promo code/$30 nonmembers; $20 each for up to 5 more entries; limit two entries per category)
    March 30 – April 30
  2. Preliminary Online Jurying Rounds
    May 1 – 27
  3. Artists will be notified of artwork that has been invited (selected) for the final, in-person jurying round
    May 28
  4. Artists hand deliver to the museum any artwork invited (selected) during the online rounds for the final, in-person jurying round
    Sunday, June 6, and Monday, June 7; 10 am – 3 pm both days
  5. Final, in-person jurying round takes place
    June 8 – 10
  6. Work accepted into Ellarslie Open 37/38 during the final round is posted on the Ellarslie website
    June 11
  7. Work not accepted into the show is picked up with your confirmation receipt and list of submitted items
    Saturday, June 12, 10 am – 4 pm; Sunday, June 13, 1 pm – 4 pm; Friday, June 18, and Saturday, June 19, 12 – 4 pm

Outdoor VIP Opening Reception and Awarding of Prizes
(conditions permitting; advance timed entry signup required; details subject to change)
Saturday, June 26, 1 – 5 pm; prizes announced at 4 pm
Raindate: Sunday, June 27, same times
Admission: Artists and two guests free; $10 for all other attendees, payable in advance; watch this space for details

Outdoor public opening reception
(conditions permitting; advance timed entry signup required; details subject to change)
Sunday, June 27, 1 – 4 pm
Free Admission

Curator’s Talk and Related Programming
Dates and times TBA; please watch for updates

Exhibition closes
Sunday, October 3, 4 pm

Pick up of artwork with receipt
Sunday, October 3; 4 – 6 pm; Wednesday, October 6, through Saturday, October 9, 11 am – 4 pm; Sunday, October 10, 1 – 4 pm

Have questions? Contact us at exhibits@ellarslie.org or 609-989-1191.
Ellarslie Open 37/38 details subject to change.

Director and CEO, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia
Director of the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia since 2010, William R. Valerio was previously the assistant director of administration at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and curator at the Queens Museum of Art in New York City. A graduate of Williams College, Dr. Valerio later earned an MA in Art History, specializing in 17th century European art, at the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Art History, specializing in European Modernism, at Yale University. After working for six years in museums in New York City, he earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on strategic management and marketing. Dr. Valerio has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Rome Prize of the American Academy in Rome.