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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 1

September 6 – October 26, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, September 6, 6:00-8:00 PM
The 36th annual Wind Challenge Exhibition Series, the Delaware Valley’s premier juried exhibition program, kicks-off with Wind Challenge 1,featuring new and recent work by painter Daniel Gerwin, mixed-media artist Kay Healy, and stop-motion painted animation artist Ashley Wick.

Public Programs

Saturday, October 12, 2013 1:00-6:00 p.m.

Join us for free artist-led projects, including tree-planting with Daniel Gerwin, a sewing party with Kay Healy, and an interactive concert with Ashley Wick, featuring the music of Yona Davidson.

About the Artists : Challenge 1

Daniel Gerwin uses trompe l’oeil painting to simulate wood grain, alluding to floors, doors, window frames, and furniture. In some cases he paints directly onto salvaged domestic items such as rocking chairs, mirrors, and dresser drawers, using painted marks to transform these objects, like insects isolated in amber. Gerwin does not seek to illustrate or directly describe our relationship to the domestic, but rather to abstract it. In his work, trompe l'oeil folds in on itself to become a language of imagination and psychological resonance.

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Mixed-media artist Kay Healy creates large-scale screenprints of furniture, based on images she found online, from her childhood, and most recently a series created based on other people’s descriptions of their childhood homes.  Through her art, Healy investigates themes of transience and the search for stability in an ever-changing world.  Her work explores how an object as mundane as a plastic salad spinner can embody vivid memories of people, events, and periods of someone’s life.  In direct contrast with Healy’s nostalgic impulses, working with screenprints enables her to let go of the pieces and spread them throughout the community.


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Ashley Wick is an artist who works in a stop-motion painted animation. By questioning the concept of movement, Wick amplifies the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images, leaving traces and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation.  Her art focuses on the limitations of communication and the dysfunctions of language.  By applying a poetic and often metaphorical language, she tries to decode transmissions of words and the exchange of ideas.


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Challenge 2

December 6, 2013 – January 31, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The 36th annual Wind Challenge Exhibition Series continues with Wind Challenge 2, featuring work by Talia Greene, Janell Olah, and the artist collective Barbarism (Sarah Secunda and Rebecca Katherine Hirsch).

Challenge 3

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

The 36th annual Wind Challenge Exhibition Series concludes with Wind Challenge 3, 2014 featuring work by Maggie Mills, Leslie Friedman, and Kate Perry


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