Karen Walanka, z”l (1946-2018)

Karen was a long-time member of the AGJA and the Guild’s president in 2015. In 2007, Karen founded the Judaic Arts Fair in Chicago, one of most highly regarded biennials of Jewish art and culture in the United States, sponsored by Moriah Congregation. The AGJA’s annual Karen Walanka Online Exhibition is a way for us to honor Karen’s memory, her love of beauty and her life-long ambition to bring it to us all.


The theme of this year is TIKVAH.


The summer after.
New beginnings. Old memories.
Old and new fears.

We have a rough few years behind us with the pandemic and its impact on our artist communities. We have a lingering fear that it’s not over yet and may rear its ugly head again. We have new fears that a big war might be looming on the horizon. Our climate is changing, perhaps faster than we can correct it. The world has always been a mess. But what’s new? What is our answer to that as an artist? As a Jew? In spite of the hardships and losses so common in our Jewish history, we are still here because we have never lost hope in a better world.  As we know, a Jew can lose everything as long as he or she keeps hope (TIKVAH).  We look forward to seeing your personal expressions of TIKVAH.


  • The Online Exhibition is open to all professional artists, including current and Chaverim members of the American Guild of Judaic Art, as well as non-members.
  • It is expected that this exhibit will run for one year online on our website.
  • As a benefit of membership, the $15 submission fee is waived for our members and Chaverim members.
  • Non-Guild members will be charged a submission fee of $15, which will be applied to your membership dues if you decide to join the AGJA by September 25, 2022.
  • No commission will be taken by the AGJA from any sales made during this exhibition; all proceeds will go to the artist.
  • The Guild has a substantial mailing list and social media following which we will employ to promote the exhibition.

Submission Guildlines

  • 2d and 3d work in any medium (traditional and non-traditional) will be considered.
  • All professional artists at any stage in their career are invited to submit.
  • Work should be created within the last five (5) years.
  • Images: Artists may submit up to three (3) digital images of their work.
  • Please label your images as follows: lastname.firstname.title.
  • Image Size: Images should not exceed 10 MB per file.
  • A title list with the artist’s name, title of artwork, creation date, medium and dimensions must accompany the images.


  • Your CV/Resume
  • A short bio
  • A paragraph (100 words max) describing how each piece you are submitting relates to the theme.
  • Curators: Robin Atlas and Elizabeth Goldstein


Deadline to Submit: September 26, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. in your time zone.
Notification of Acceptance: October 23, 2022
Exhibit Opens: November 7, 2022

Click Here To Submit
NOTE: This year the AGJA will create a free downloadable online catalog available to all accepted participants.
Benefits of Guild membership include:
  • A professional artist profile page (general members only – not available at the Chaverim/Circle of Friends level)
  • Ability to apply for fiscal sponsorship and grant funding for your projects by partnering with the Guild and it’s fiscal sponsor JCI – (see the AGJA grant section on our website for more info.)
  • Ability to apply for AGJA yearly grant funding (four awards yearly, two $1000 grants artist and artisant grant; an educators grant of $750; and an emerging artist grant of $750 – see the AGJA grant section on our website for more info.)
  • Opportunity to promote your work and events in our quarterly newsletter Hiddur
  • Opportunity to expand your audience through exposure on AGJA’s social media sites
  • Free and exclusive listings for our teaching artists to promote your workshops and lectures on our Educational Resources Directory
  • Free entry to the annual Karen Walanka Online Exhibition


Questions? Email us at: [email protected]