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The 37th Annual Wind Challenge Exhibition Series

Established in 1978, the Wind Challenge Exhibition Series is an annual juried competition that is committed to enriching and expanding people's lives through art. Three Wind Challenge Exhibitions are held from September through May, featuring the work of exceptional artists living in the Philadelphia region. 

Since its inception, the series has introduced regional contemporary art from over three hundred artists to a broad audience and has helped emerging artists advance their professional careers. Past Wind Challenge artists include photographer Robert Asman and sculptor Syd Carpenter, both of whom were later awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts; beloved Fleisher teaching artist Charlotte Yudis; and brothers Billy and Stephen Dufala, winners of the 2009 West Prize.  In 2011, a series of free-public programs led by the artists was introduced, designed to enhance the viewing experience for youth and adults.

The 37th annual Wind Challenge Exhibition Series will feature the work of Cynthia Back, Jenny Drumgoole, Jesse G. Engaard, Darla Jackson, Mami Kato, Peter Morgan, Lynn Palewicz, Theresa Rose, and Justin Webb.

Challenge 1

September 26 - November 8
Opening Reception: Friday, September 26, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The 37th annual Wind Challenge Exhibition Series begins with Wind Challenge 1, featuring work by Jenny Drumgoole, Peter Morgan, and Justin Webb.

About the Artists : Challenge 1

What began as a project inspired by a series of YouTube response videos, Jenny Drumgoole’s Make & Do (Happy Trash Day!!) series quickly shifted toward a social critique of power, social structure, and audience. This project hinges on the artist’s interest in the City of Philadelphia’s department of sanitation and its trash workers’ rights. Drumgoole held weekly celebrations of “trash day” and created an aesthetic world built around her main character, Soxx. The resulting installation is an in-progress work that breaches the art world, existing in a real-time context.

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Peter Morgan’s work is an exploration of issues of perception and representation and how these concerns mold our understanding of the world. Morgan is interested in both actual representations and cultural perceptions of the way things are and what makes each significant. The work examines how much of what we know of the world is through illustrations and representation rather than from personal experience and the difference between “real” versus simulated experiences.

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More often than not, Justin Webb’s intentions typically rely on making things – specifically images and paintings - in which a narrative is communicated through incomplete, nonlinear, and run-on sentences.

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For questions about our exhibitions, contact José Ortiz Pagán, Exhibitions Coordinator, at jortiz@fleisher.org or 215-922-3456, ext. 333.