Changes at Wind Challenge and Funnel Pages


Apply to the Wind Challenge 2012
Some changes are blowing through the Wind Challenge 2012, and those changes may make a difference, we think, in who will want to toss their hats in the ring.

Tim Belknap’s post-apocalyptic 2008 Fleisher Challenge installation, detail.

The 2012 honorarium is going up to $750 from $500 for each of the nine winning artists!  The addition of money, and now bigger money, is helping the Challenge, which used to be a really big deal here in Philadelphia, become a big deal again. For that money, the winners get a space to show their newest work in one of the three-artist exhibits. They’ll also have to come up with a public event that the Fleisher staff will help them stage.

There’s also a changing of the guard–the jurors this year are all new to the Challenge . The 2012 artist-jurors are painter Hiro Sakaguchi, photographer Candace DiCarlo and installation artist Pepon Osorio (and if you know these people’s work, you know just how inadequate those little description words are). The curator-jurors are Tyler’s new Director of Exhibitions Robert Blackson, Rosenwald-Wolf Director of Exhibitions Sid Sachs and PMA Project and Curatorial Asst. for Modern & Contemporary Art Erica Battle. It’s nice to see a group with such heavy contemporary chops.

Jong Kyu Kim at the Green Line Cafe

We can thank some of the Challenge changes to a new man in charge–first-time Challenge Coordinator Dave Kim, aka Jong Kyu Kim. Kim has also brought the application process into the digital age, making use of Flickr to show the images last year’s winners submitted. It’s all in the interest of showing applicants what winning images look like!

Thinking of applying? Here’s the link to the prospectus and application.

Funnel Pages wants you
Funnel Pages, the peppy annotated-listings-and-commentary site, went on hiatus for a while, but it’s returning with some new blood. Alison Feldish has taken over and she’s now looking for a few creative writers and artists to help the site make its comeback.  She sent us this help wanted ad:

Funnel Pages currently seeks artists and art-writers to blog on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis about art culture and art culture in Philadelphia.  If you think you’d like to write or have an idea for an article, column, or daily banter you would like to contribute, please send an email to .


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