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.


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.

2022 Awardees


First Place: Bernadette Sunner, Sprout, Children’s Book Illustration, Instructor: Andre Chaney

Second Place: Mary-Angela Papalaskari, Self Portrait in Recycling Bin (Perspective Study), Drawing with Confidence, Instructor: Barbara Zanelli

Third Place: Joy Wiltenburg, Clark Park beech , Drawing with Confidence, Instructor: Barbara Zanelli

Still Life, Landscape and Figure Painting

First Place: Taryn Gillies, Dumpsters, Intro to Portrait Painting, Instructor: Inga Kimberly Brown

Second Place: Louise Vallely, Model, 2022 , Portrait Painting, Instructor: Inga Kimberly Brown

Third Place: Daniel Van Dyk, Vienna, Portrait Painting, Instructor: Paul DuSold

Abstract Painting

First Place: Kathy Lieb, Collateral Damage, Critique Seminar, Instructor: Fran Gallun

Second Place: Judith Dutton, Houston Meadows II, Painting with Imagination, Instructor: Lara Cantu-Hertzler

Third Place: Ryan Myers, Fraternal Twins, Abstract and Intuitive Painting, Instructor: Chau Nguyen


First Place: Andrea Preis, Tra-la-la-tra-la, Ceramics Open Studio

Second Place: Rennia Rodney, Big Ass Pot, Nigerian & Ghanaian Pottery, Instructor: Robin Williams-Turnage

Third Place: Cynthia Bayer, Fig Newtons, Ceramics Open Studio


First Place: Julia Durand, Creatures at home, Ceramics Open Studio

Second Place: Mary Miraflor, Untitled, Portrait Sculpture, Instructor: Cathy Hopkins

Third Place: Carole Abercauph, Figure Study, Terracotta Figure Sculpture, Instructor: Cathy Hopkins

Fiber Arts & Crafts

First Place: Sheru Hoffman, Mosaic Collage, Mosaics, Instructor: Carol Stirton-Broad

Second Place: Francesca Lally, Sythie, Frame It Yourself, Instructor: Robert Stauffer

Third Place: Bonita Sklar-Friedman, The Wizard’s Secrets, Mosaics, Instructor: Carol Stirton-Broad


First Place: Peri Law, mishandled, Papermaking, Instructor: Anna Benjamin

Second Place: Phoebe Murer, Geyser Eruption, Screenprint, Instructor: Bill Brookover

Third Place: Ash Fritzsche, Billy’s Conex, Stone Lithography, Instructor: Peter Hartz


First Place: Olivia Davis, Wildwood Fog, Darkroom: Color Photography, Instructor: Ahmed Salvador

Second Place: Elise Harven, Peak into Paradise, Darkroom: Color Photography, Instructor: Ahmed Salvador

Third Place: Steve Schultz, Legacy, Darkroom Open Studio

Erick J. Dougherty Award in Photography
Jon Kriney, Folded House, Darkroom: Color Photography, Instructor: Ahmed Salvador

Student Advisory Council Award
Sarvelia Peralta-Duran, Venus Garden, Collage and Papercutting, Instructor: Henry Bermudez

Francis McCarthy Drawing Award
Diane Fredrickson, Le Petite Elephant, Introduction to Drawing, Instructor: Barbara Zanelli