While Fleisher’s exhibitions are on pause, join Exhibitions Manager Gerard Silva Monday nights at 6:30pm EST for compelling conversations with past and present Wind Challenge artists. Established in 1978, the Wind Challenge Exhibition Series has enriched the lives of countless visitors and introduced audiences to contemporary art created by the region’s emerging artists. This online series continues through May 24, 2021, and after their live presentation, the sessions are available on Fleisher's Youtube Page.
The Wind Challenge
Established in 1978, the Wind Challenge Exhibition Series is an annual juried competition committed to enriching and expanding people’s lives through art.
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 Wind Challenge Exhibition Series is made possible thanks to generous support from the Wind Foundation, the Dina Wind Art Foundation, and Fleisher members.
Artwork by Kevin Huang, part of the 20/21 Wind Challenge season
The award provides visual artists at a critical juncture in their artistic careers the opportunity to enrich their practice, in developing and sharing a socially-engaged, socially-relevant, and participatory public art project within Southeast Philadelphia and Fleisher’s community.
2019: Catzie Vilayphonh
2017: Emily Chow Bluck
Emily entered with a very compelling angle – to probe the social hierarchy of predominantly immigrant-owned businesses in South Philadelphia, and to analyze whether the success of owners who immigrated a generation ago could inspire and guide aspirations of newly-arrived people. She had great success forging deep relationships with a small handful of key people in the project; a main challenge of her project proposal was that the time focused on building and managing those relationships didn’t leave time to then develop the trust with newly-arrived refugees.
Her journal entries, progress report, and proposals (linked below) pose thoughtful, intelligent reflections on social practice as a mode of art, and at the heart of her queries, we at Fleisher deeply resonated with her question: “What can I (the artist) offer these communities something that they want or need?”