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The 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 1978, the Wind Challenge Exhibition 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.

This year's nine Wind Challenge artists were chosen from a field of 239 applicants to exhibit their work in one of three three-artist exhibitions.

Challenge 3

March 28 – May 10, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, March 28, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The Wind Challenge Exhibition Series concludes with Wind Challenge 3 featuring work by Maggie Mills, Leslie Friedman, and Kaytie Parry

Wind Challenge 3 programming:
Family talk about - April 26, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Become part of a Maggie Mills painting - April 26, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Singles night out with Leslie Friedman - April 23, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sculpting and painting with Kaytie Parry - May 2

About the Artists : Challenge 3

Through her paintings, Maggie Mills explores the decomposition of nature and industry and the perceived fragmentation of time and space that, due to technology, defines our environment. The narratives in her work are a compression of maternal anxiety, nostalgia, and social and environmental concerns. These narratives are articulated through the deletion, expansion, or simplification of elements of the literal world.

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A printmaker by training, the strategies of Pop influence Leslie Friedman’s art making. By way of screen-printed patterns on materials like wallpaper and linoleum tile, she transforms spaces into bright, glossy, sparkly surfaces with subversive content below. As a student of both art and political science, she is intrigued by the power of a visual vocabulary to set the stage for political dialogue and sees her role as a visual director employing both fine art and industrial methods.


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Kaytie Parry sees art as a signpost in a place that cannot be mapped. While the materials and processes she uses depends on the project, there are constants like transparency, light, ephemeral scraps, and hand-drawn images. For the past several years, Parry has been mostly making animations though she is trying to reimagine the miniature worlds she has created as large-scale environments made of light and a weave of many transparent layers.


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Previously on view:

Challenge 1

September 6 – October 26, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, September 6, 6:00-8:00 PM
Featuring new and recent work by painter Daniel Gerwin, mixed-media artist Kay Healy, and stop-motion painted animation artist Ashley Wick.

Challenge 2

December 6, 2013 – January 31, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Featuring work by Talia Greene, Janell Olah, and the artist collective Barbarism (Sarah Secunda and Rebecca Katherine Hirsch).

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