Mark your calendar! The first exhibition of our 2023 Wind Challenge Series featuring Katie Kaplan, Paige Morris, and Kara Mshinda will be on view February 11 through March 10. Join us for an Artist Exchange panel discussion on February 11, 5-6pm, followed by an Opening Reception from 6-8pm.⁠
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The second exhibition of this year’s series will be on view March 25 through April 21, featuring the work of Jordan Deal, Lena Kolb, and Caitlin McCormack.⁠
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Established in 1978, the Wind Challenge is an annual juried competition committed to featuring the work of exceptional artists living in the Philadelphia region. The 2023 Wind Challenge is juried by Victoria Ahmadizadeh Melendez and Yolanda Wisher. The series is made possible thanks to generous support from the Wind Foundation.⁠
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📷️ Katie Kaplan, Warm Blanket Over the Soul (How can one blame those who seek to escape the pain of this world?), screenprint, monoprint, relief, dye, embroidery, digital print on fabric, thread, quilt batting, 38" x 38", 2021.
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Before Fleisher Art Memorial, there was the Graphic Sketch Club.⁠
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Starting in the Jewish Union building at 422 Bainbridge Street, Samuel Fleisher began holding art classes for kids in the neighborhood, many of whom were the children of factory workers. In 1898, this became known as the Graphic Sketch Club – an inviting and collaborative creative space that was open to all. ⁠
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The Graphic Sketch Club grew into an essential part of the neighborhood, serving as a pathway for artists to meet, learn, and exhibit their work. Annual student exhibitions at the Club were highly praised, as read in a New York Times review of the 1929 exhibition: “The present show, which is regarded as the most colorful and satisfying in this history of the school, includes the work of artists who have been represented at some of the leading exhibitions in the country."⁠
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🥂 🧑‍🎨 Join us tonight as we continue this tradition with a closing reception for our 124th Annual Adult Student Exhibition!  Read more about the history of the Graphic Sketch Club in The Fleisher Years: Chapter 2. Link in bio.⁠
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📷️ "Curbstone Market - 4th and Fitzwater Streets," 1924, Courtesy of phillyhistory.org, a Project of the Philadelphia Department of Records. This location was just down the street from the Graphic Sketch Club at 422 Bainbridge Street.
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Thank you to everyone who took part in the Annual Adult Student Exhibition Awards Ceremony last week! Student Advisory Council member Martha Aleo wrote about this year's exhibition and the history of Fleisher student exhibitions, dating back 124 years. Link in bio to read Martha's blog post and view a full list of 2022 awardees.⁠
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Join us for the exhibition's closing reception tomorrow, January 27th, in the Dene M. Louchheim Galleries from 6-8pm. We hope to see you there!⁠
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Pictured: Abstract Painting First Place Winner Kathy Lieb's "Collateral Damage" from Critique Seminar taught by Fran Gallun.⁠
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Fall in love with printmaking at Print Love-In on February 12th! Spend your Valentine's Day weekend making your own valentines and exploring a wide range of printmaking techniques from block print to screen print.⁠
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No experience is necessary. Artists will guide you as you work with designs made by local printmakers, so you can walk away with enough cards for all of your crushes and a tote bag!⁠
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This year, we are offering two family friendly (all ages) sessions and an adults only (21+) session. Registration is required, learn more at the link in our bio!⁠
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Did you know? In addition to championing the arts in Philadelphia, the Fleisher Yarn Company also had a champion soccer team! ⁠
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Although they once had an "enviable record," winning the Philadelphia Industrial League championship, the National Amateur Cup, and the American Cup, they later folded after one mediocre professional season in the American Soccer League.⁠
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Clipped from The Philadelphia Inquirer, 1922.⁠
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The 124th Annual Adult Student Exhibition Awards Ceremony is on FRIDAY! This juried exhibition provides students with the opportunity to show their work in the Dene M. Louchheim Gallery, with prizes awarded to students in a wide spectrum of mediums.⁠
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Join us via Zoom from 6–8pm on Friday, January 20th to celebrate all of our adult students! 🔗 Link in bio.⁠
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Happy birthday, Dina Wind! We are joining @dinawindartfoundation in celebrating Dina’s life and her enthusiam for the arts.

Dina Wind was an award-winning artist and a patron of the arts. A Board member and longtime supporter of Fleisher, she and her husband Jerry championed Fleisher's Wind Challenge Exhibition Series, which has featured the work of exceptional artists in the Philadelphia area since 1978. The 2023 Wind Challenge Series will run February 11 – March 10, 2023 and March 25 – April 21, 2023.

Watch “The Art of Dina Wind,” a short film created by artist Anne Leith, with footage of Dina discussing her artistic journey and relationship to her work. Link in bio.
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In honor of our milestone 125th year, we’ll be taking a deep dive into Fleisher Art Memorial’s archives and history, starting with the birth of founder Samuel S. Fleisher in 1871, in a year-long series called The Fleisher Years.⁠
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Samuel S. Fleisher grew up among a family of successful and reform-minded Philadelphians. He and his siblings founded and supported numerous institutions, philanthropies, clubs and causes for the general benefit of the city, some specifically for employees of their family yarn company (including a soccer club!).⁠
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Fleisher’s particular passion was art and its capacity to uplift the lives of all. Starting with classes in drawing and painting for working-class immigrant youth, his vision quickly grew more ambitious; the next year, Fleisher organized the Graphic Sketch Club. The institution provided free, non-competitive, collaborative classes to both children and adults without discrimination.⁠
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Read more of this installment of The Fleisher Years at the link in our bio!⁠
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📷 "Founder of the Graphic Sketch Club (Samuel S. Fleisher) teaches visitors about the statue Venus and Adonis by Nicholas Romano of the Sketch Club," Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, 1927. Courtesy of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA.⁠
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We are so excited to welcome students back for winter term ❄️ ⁠
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Not registered for a class yet? Have no fear! You can still register for a winter class or workshop – even the ones starting later this week. Explore mosaics, jewelry fabrication, comic books, and more! Link in bio to view full course offerings.⁠
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Take your art-making to the next level! Winter term kicks off this Saturday, January 7th 🎨 💫 View a full list of winter courses, including tuition-free and online offerings, at the link in our bio.⁠
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Don't miss our 124th Annual Adult Student Art Show on view through January 27th! Mark your calendar for the exhibition's online award ceremony on Friday, January 20, 6–8pm and closing reception in our gallery on Friday, January 27, 6–8pm!⁠
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📷️ "I Miss My Mom" by Sally Linnett from 2D-Design: Pattern, Adornment, and Expression taught by Anthony Folks.⁠
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