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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. 

The Wind Challenge Exhibition Series is made possible with thanks to generous support from Dina and Jerry Wind, the National Endowment for the Arts, and through Fleisher members.

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 2

December 5, 2014 - February 7, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, December 5, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The 37th annual Wind Challenge Exhibition Series continues with Wind Challenge 2, featuring work by Jesse G. Engaard, Mami Kato, and Theresa Rose.

About the Artists : Challenge 2

Jesse Gorham Engaard uses video installations and public performance to explore improvised community, instinctual mythology, and forgotten stories. Engaard likes to make up the parts of history and legend that he believes have been removed and changing the common knowledge that does not make sense to him. He represents motion and form in his videos using antiquated and often obsolete techniques, sometimes borrowed from other disciplines.

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Mami Kato's work revolves around examining and reconnecting with her early life. An example of this tendency is her use of rice stalks as a material for her sculptures, something that has a close connection to her childhood surroundings and a historical and symbolic implication of Japanese culture. The forms of the pieces might be loose references to Japanese daily commodities, metaphors of home, and the use of traditional Japanese craft techniques as a way to connect to the root of that culture. As her personal life in the United States has changed, Kato's most recent work - influenced by Japanese Buddhism - has shifted to presenting intangible energy or order throughout nature and the universe.

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For Theresa Rose, the city is a magical place that offers a multitude of shape, light, color, texture, and intrigue. Abandoned warehouses, empty parking lots, a neighbor's front stoop, the bustling marketplace, each tell a story, each elicit a response, each evoke meaning.  She attempts to create something new, something curious, something formal, by pairing her photographed images with mono-printed color forms.

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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.