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New Fleisher Challenge winners–plus money!


3 Belknap brothers plus a girlfriend on drums
Timothy Belknap and his brothers plus a girlfriend on the drums (I’m not sure whose) performing at FLUXspace in June 2007.

Fleisher Art Memorial‘s juried Wind Challenge Exhibition Series will be awarding the next batch of winners an honorarium of $1,000 each, the first time in its history, the program announced. This is great news and a swell way to celebrate its 30th anniversary (the first Challenge exhibits were in the 1978-1979 season)!!!

The coming year’s winners for the ’08-’09 season are:

Timothy Belknap, installation
Kara Crombie, video
Cheryl Harper, sculpture
Johanna Inman, photography
Mark Khaisman, installation
Yvonne Lung, installation
Hope Rovelto, sculpture
John Slaby, painting
Constantina Zavitsanos, installation

We’re happy to see some familiar names and some surprises–both being great reasons to check out these shows.

This coming season has been cut back to three exhibits instead of four, said Fleisher spokesman Warren Angle, and we’re not complaining, because that means the shows will last a little longer, giving us a little more time to get there.

Constantina Zavitsanos, Pierce Plowman (b text), as seen at Five Into One at FLUXspace last month.
Constantina Zavitsanos, Pierce Plowman (b text), as seen at Five Into One at FLUXspace last month.

The artists were selected from 368 submissions. The curating process included jurors Lee Stoetzel, Curator of the West Collection at SEI, artist Jane Irish; Michiko Okaya, director of the Galleries at Lafayette College; artist Phil Simpkin, senior professor at York College at the University of New York; independent curator Jacqueline van Rhyn, former curator of the Print Center; and artist/critic Eileen Neff.

The final round was juried by Irish, Simpkin and Neff, who selected the nine from a 27 semi-finalists.

Three cheers for Dina and Jerry Wind for their support of this classic Philly art competition!