Ends on June 15, 2018

Fleisher Art Memorial is excited to announce the call for entries to the 42nd season of the Wind Challenge Exhibition Series. Established in 1978, the series is an annual juried competition that is committed to enriching and expanding people’s lives through art. Three Wind Challenge Exhibitions will be held September 2019 through May 2020. To learn more about Fleisher or about the Wind Challenge, please visit fleisher.org.

Selection Process

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

Round 1: Two jurors, an artist and a curator, are assigned to review submitted artwork. 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 week of August 7, 2018 via e-mail.

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 identity of the applicant is anonymous -- the jury process is based on the merit of the work alone. Applicants selected to exhibit will be notified by the week of September 4, 2018 via e-mail.

2019-2020 Jurors

Jodi Throckmorton 

Curator of Contemporary Art Jodi Throckmorton joined PAFA in fall of 2014. As PAFA’s Contemporary Curator, Throckmorton oversees PAFA’s contemporary art exhibitions and acquisitions.  

Throckmorton came to PAFA from the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, Kansas, where she served as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Prior to that, Throckmorton was the Associate Curator at the San Jose Museum of Art. She holds an MA in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University, and a BA in Art History and French from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  

Throckmorton co-organized, with former PAFA Director Harry Philbrick, Dive Deep: Eric Fischl and the Process of Painting, which was on exhibit at PAFA and the San Jose Museum of Art (2012-13). Other current and prior projects of Throckmorton’s include Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World (2018); Melt/Carve/Forge: Embodied Sculptures by Cassils (2017); Fernando Orellana: His Study of Life (2016); Postdate: Photography and Inherited History in India (2015); Bruce Conner: Somebody Else's Prints (2014); Questions from the Sky: New Work by Hung Liu (2013); Ranu Mukherjee: Telling Fortunes (2012); and This Kind of Bird Flies Backward: Paintings by Joan Brown (2011).

Betty Leacraft

Betty Leacraft is an award-winning fiber, textile, mixed media artist who shares her art experiences as a shape shifter of textiles and textile surfaces. Applying her philosophy that the arts can be used to empower individuals and communities with creative choices, skills, and cultural information through application of the art process she has created opportunities for underserved, under resourced communities and individuals through residencies, workshops, and presentations in the tri-state area.

In the Fall of 2017 she participated in the Museum of Philadelphia of Art’s groundbreaking project Philadelphia Assembled as a collaborator/exhibitor and hosted “Textiles As Social Commentary With Betty Leacraft: Featuring Philadelphia Assembled Fiber and Textile Collaborators” televised on PhillyCAM, Channel 35. Betty has received grants, honors, and has exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally; community based projects are included in several independent films; her art has been published in several books by Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi, Bess Lomax Hawes National Heritage Fellow, scholar/historian, and Founder of the Women of Color Quilters Network (WCQN.)

Selected Awards, Honors, Grants: Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grants (’16, ’14, and ‘10”); Leeway Transformation Award (’11); Portrait of Excellence Award, William J, Harvey III, Malawi Mission Award (’11); Thomas Aiken Encore Award, South Jersey Cultural Alliance (’04);  Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Residency Grants (’02, ’00, ’98, ’97, ’96); Leeway Windows of Opportunity Award (’98). 

Selected Exhibitions: International Quilt Convention Africa, (Johannesburg, South Africa); Dei Center for the Study of Contemporary Art (Ghana, West Africa); Museo de Arte Moderna (Salvador-Bahia, Brazil); Leeway Foundation (PA); The Mint Museum of Art and Design (NC); National Museum of Art, Renwick Gallery (DC); Museum of the African Diaspora (CA); Institute of Contemporary Art (PA); Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (MI); Michigan State University (MI); Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers (PA); National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (OH); African American Museum of Philadelphia (PA).

Curatorial Projects: Guest curator, “Warm Spirits: Contemporary African American Quilters. African American Museum of Philadelphia (’08); co-curator with Julia Lopez, “Speaking In Our Own Tongues: Latino and African American Artists, A New Beginning,” Taller Puertorriqueno, Inc., Philadelphia (’92.)


  • Artists must currently live in CT, DE, MA, MD, NJ, NY, PA, RI, or Washington, DC.
  • Artists may not show the same major body of work in a local Philadelphia 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.
  • Artist must be able to transport their work to Fleisher Art Memorial. 
  • Previous Challenge artists are ineligible.

Exhibition Schedule

The Wind Challenge Exhibitions are held in the Dene M. Louchheim Galleries. The 2019-2020 Challenge exhibitions are tentatively scheduled for: September 2019, December 2020, and March 2019.

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.
  • A Saturday “Talk About” which is open to the public and includes families and young people and allows artists to enter into conversation with participants about their work. 
  • Inclusion in Fleisher's publications, electronic and print announcements, and online profile.

Deadline: midnight, June 15, 2018

To learn more, including viewing past artists and exhibits, please visit fleisher.org

Please direct inquiries 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 and through Fleisher members.

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