2017-2018 Wind Challenge Call for Entries

Open January 11 to Midnight, March 1, 2016

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. The Wind Challenge has introduced new work by over 300 regional contemporary artists to thousands visitors.

Inquiries should be directed to:
José Ortiz-Pagán
Exhibitions Manager
(215) 922-3456 ext.333

The Wind Challenge Exhibition Series is made possible with thanks to generous support from the Wind Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and through Fleisher members.

Selection Process

A two-stage selection process is used to review applicants.

Round 1: Fleisher invites six guest jurors. Two jurors, an artist and a curator, are assigned to review submitted artwork in their category. Artwork is reviewed online, and the identity of the applicant remains anonymous. From this initial review, approximately 10% of candidates are selected to advance to the second round. Finalists are notified via e-mail by the first week of April.

Round 2: Finalists are required to deliver an original work to Fleisher, which is reviewed along with their original image selections by the full artist-juror panel (Installation artists have the option of submitting a specific proposal for the Fleisher gallery.) Again, the identify of the applicant is anonymous — the jury process is based on the merit of the work alone.

Panel of Jurors

Painting & Works on Paper
Shelley Thorstensen, artist
Shelley Langdale, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Photography & Time Based Work
Colette Fu, artist
Sarah Stolfa, Founder & Executive Director of the Philadelphia Photo Art Center

3D (Sculpture), Installation & Craft
Mark Shetabi, artist
Mary Salvante, Gallery Director at Rowan University


  • Artists must live within a 50-mile radius of Philadelphia.

  • Artists must not be showing the same major body of work in a local gallery or alternative space in the same year as the Wind Challenge exhibit.

  • Students enrolled in a full-time degree/certificate granting program during the year of the exhibition are ineligible.

  • Previous Challenge artists are ineligible.

Exhibition Schedule

The Wind Challenge Exhibitions are held in the Dene M. Louchheim Galleries. The 2017-2018 Challenge exhibitions are tentatively scheduled for: September 2017, December 2017, and March 2018.

Selected artists receive:

  • The opportunity to display recent work in a five-week, three-person exhibition.

  • An honorarium of $750.

  • A public reception on the opening night, during which they speak of their work to guests.

  • Support from Fleisher staff to create a public event or activity in conjunction with the exhibition.

  • Inclusion in Fleisher’s publications, electronic and print announcements, and online profile.