125th Annual Adult Student Exhibition

December 8, 2023 – January 26, 2024
Virtual Awards Ceremony: Friday, January 19
Closing Reception: Friday, January 26

For 125 years, the Annual Adult Student Exhibition has celebrated the vibrant artwork created by Fleisher’s students. The exhibition provides students with the opportunity to show their work in a public gallery, with cash prizes awarded to students in a wide spectrum of mediums including fiber arts, drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, and photography.

Please join us on Zoom for a virtual awards ceremony on Friday, January 19 at 6 pm, and in our galleries on January 26 from 6–8 pm to celebrate the beautiful range of work created by our students over the course of 2023.

Click here to view Zoom recording of our virtual awards ceremony.




About the Juror

Nicole Pollard is an artist, curator, exhibition designer and yoga teacher. She is passionate about supporting artists, and creating experiences that speak to her interests in both rest and play as core needs for individual and collective wellbeing. She currently works as Residency Coordinator at Leeway Foundation. In the past she has worked as Curator of Lived Culture at Philadelphia Contemporary where she produced the rest-focused art installation Supine Horizons. She has also worked as Project Manager of The Velocity Fund and other projects at Temple Contemporary, and Exhibit Designer for Museum of Impact and Leeway Foundation. She holds an MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning + Design from the University of the Arts and a BFA in Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth University.


How do I apply to participate in the Annual Student Exhibition?
Submit your work on Submittable here or by clicking the button above. You must make an account first in order to submit.

Do I need to be a Fleisher member to participate in the student exhibition?
No, membership is no longer required to participate in the exhibition. All exhibition participants must have been students at Fleisher during Winter 2023–Fall 2023 terms.

When should I deliver my artwork?
From November 13 to November 21 during our open hours. Please call or check here for hours of operation. Please note: Fleisher will close at 5pm on Tuesday, November 21.

How many pieces can I submit?
Only 1 piece per student, please. Due to the limited space in our gallery, we ask you to bring your one masterpiece.

What if I need help locating information about my past class(es)?
Please call our Visitor Services staff at 215-922-3456 and they can assist you or email info@fleisher.org with the request.

What if I am having technical difficulties filling out the application?
Hard copies will be available at the front desk in Fleisher’s lobby. Please print clearly so we can enter all your information correctly.

I can’t upload images or don’t feel comfortable taking a picture of my work.
Cell phone pictures work but if you are having trouble with this part of the application, we are here for you. This is not a mandatory option but one that helps us identify and label your work.

Are there size limitations?
36” inches in any dimension (including frame).

Should my artwork be ready to hang?
Yes. This doesn’t mean that it needs to be framed but there needs to be a way for us to display your work properly without causing damage. Works on paper without frames will be hung using magnets. For digital artworks, your instructor will collect the work for you to be displayed on our gallery screen.

How do we know which piece is your artwork?
Please kindly label your artwork with your full name. Every artwork should have a label, or a name attached to the back.

When is the exhibition?
The exhibition opens on Friday, December 8, 2023 and closes on Friday, January 26, 2024.

When is the Awards Ceremony?
The Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday, January 19 from 6-8 pm on Zoom. Invite all your friends and family, no matter where they live!

When is the Closing Reception?
The Closing Reception is where we all get together to celebrate your talent. Please join us in person on Friday, January 26, 2024 from 6-8 pm.

When can I pick up my work?
You can pick up your artwork after the closing reception or anytime between January 27 and February 3 (during Fleisher’s regular business hours).

What is my medium?
Please select one of the following categories:

      • Drawing
      • Works on Paper (Collage & Watercolor)
      • Representational Painting (Still Life, Landscape and Figure Painting)
      • Abstract Painting
      • Ceramics
      • Sculpture (including Mixed Media)
      • Fiber Arts & Crafts (Mosaics, Book Arts, Fabric Work, Framing, Jewelry)
      • Printmaking (Screenprinting, Lithography, Etching, Woodcut, Pronto Plate Lithography, Monoprinting)
      • Photography (Digital & Darkroom)

Here’s an example of an exhibition label:
Jane Doe
Fire Alarm, 2022
15″ x 22″ – size of artwork, not frame
Work on paper

Do you have any questions about the application process?
Please email our Director of Exhibitions, Gerard Silva, at gsilva@fleisher.org.

2023 Awardees


First Place: Ken Oskowiak, 20 Minute Rest

Second Place: Caroll Drazen, Cathy

Third Place: Laura Storck, Ode to Hockney

Still Life, Landscape and Figure Painting

First Place: Rebecca Bartola, Violet

Second Place: Linda Gross, Painting the Figure

Third Place: Ro Adler, Reclining Nude

Abstract Painting

First Place: Ronnie Gorelick, Untitled

Second Place: Emily Bryan, Take Flight

Third Place: Clifton Anderson, Which Way


First Place: Wendi Li, Butter Cream

Second Place: Nicole Rodrigues, The Garden of Theatrics

Third Place: Lawrence Schiffman, Blue Water Vase


First Place: Carole Abercauph, Nathan

Second Place: Mitzi Miraflor, Untitled

Third Place: Carol Carofiglio, Childhood Reconstructed

Fiber Arts & Crafts

First Place: Alex Torch, Dawn Earrings

Second Place: Marissa Harven, Yeeeeehaw

Third Place: Ann Hartzell, Magnolia


First Place: Olivia Avery, Portrait of an Invisible Man

Second Place: Jeremie Day-Glider, Redbud I 07102023

Third Place: Mohamed Atia, Under the Sea


Works on Paper

First Place: Naomi Haus-Roth, Over/Under

Second Place: Kristen Lopez, Franklin Square

Third Place: Judy Rohtbart, Still Life


First Place: Liza Rangel, Dead Souls

Second Place: Odochi Akwani, Down Shore Snoozin’

Third Place: Maddy Kates, A Ripple In Time

Student Advisory Council Award
Kathleen Turner, Nevermore

Francis McCarthy Drawing Award
Jessica Barrera, Mi Paraiso

Fleisher Staff Award
Colleen Wynn, Snail