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Fleisher Art Memorial is excited to announce the call for entries to the 43rd 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 2020 through May 2021. To learn more about Fleisher or about the Wind Challenge, please visit

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 September 23, 2019.

Round 2: Finalists are required to deliver an original work to Fleisher, which is reviewed along with their original image selections by the 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 via e-mail.


Maria Dumlao

Maria is a mixed media visual artist whose work has been exhibited and screened at Art in General and Momenta Art Gallery in NYC, The Contemporary Museum in Hawaii and internationally in Utrecht, Barcelona, Vancouver, London, Madrid, Berlin, and Tokyo. Maria has had residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Wassaic Projects, Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY, and at free103point9’s Wave Farm in Acra, NY. Maria’s collaborative work with Brainstormers has appeared at Brooklyn Museum of Art and Bronx Museum of Art (a collaboration with Guerilla Girls) and received funding from The Puffin Foundation. Maria earned an MFA from Hunter College and currently teaches at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA.

Atif Sheikh

Atif is co-founder and resident curator of Twelve Gates Arts (12G), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization created with the aim to showcase international multidisciplinary arts bound by the sensibilities of a diasporic identity, especially the South Asian identity, and to create and promote projects in the community that cross geographic and cultural boundaries. Atif orchestrated the first 12G experimental video art festival in 2015 and has curated other art exhibitions such as Not so black & white 2010, Cinephiliac 2013, perform(art)ive 2015, Lived Experiences 2016, and an ongoing project called “alternative narratives of history and exploration of memory through art.”


  • 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 regional 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 Details

The Wind Challenge Exhibitions are held in the Dene M. Louchheim Galleries. The 2022-2023 Challenge exhibitions are tentatively scheduled for October, December, and April.

Selected artists receive a $750 honoraria and are included in Fleisher’s publications, electronic and print announcements, and online profile. Artists are required to:

  • Display recent work in a four-week, three-person exhibition.

  • Be part of the Artist Exchange which is a conversation with your fellow Wind Challenge artists in which the artists lead by asking each other questions and sharing insights into their creative process.

  • Attend 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.

Application deadline: midnight, May 1, 2022

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

The Wind Challenge Exhibition Series is made possible with thanks to generous support from the Wind Family Foundation and through Fleisher members.

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