Call to Artists – The WAE Open – 2024

The WAE Open – Annual Juried Exhibition

Heidi Gallery at JSDD is proud to announce the annual juried exhibition, The WAE Open – 2024.

The WAE Open is not thematic; rather, the exhibition seeks to showcase the highest quality visual art being made by established, emerging, and underrepresented artists.

Exhibition Dates

October 10, 2024 — December 8, 2024

Opening Reception and Award

October 10, 2024: 6pm – 9pm

Carolyn Dorfman Dance Performance

October 20, 2024: 2pm – 4pm

Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop

November 3, 2024: 2pm – 4pm

Ekphrastic Poetry Performance

December 1, 2024: 2pm – 4pm

Artists’ Tour & Closing Reception

Sunday, December 8th, 2024: 2pm – 4pm


Nigel Freeman is the director of African American Art at Swann Auction Galleries, supervising sales of works by Elizabeth Catlett, Hughie Lee-Smith, and Faith Ringgold, to name a few. He is also a print appraiser on the PBS show: Antiques Roadshow, has lectured and been interviewed by art institutions and publications, as well as PBS and the BBC. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Art from Brown University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University.

Tricia Laughlin Bloom is the Senior Curator of American Art at the Newark Museum of Art. She has been the lead curator of American Art at the museum since 2015. A specialist in modern and contemporary art, she holds a Masters degree in 19th and 20th Century Art Criticism and Theory from SUNY Stony Brook, and a PhD in Modern and Contemporary Art from Rutgers University.


The exhibition is open to artists living or working in NJ, NY, PA and CT.

Entry Fee

$35.00 non-refundable

Cash Award

Best in Show – $500

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