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June 29th, 2002
Challenge #1 Opens the 25th Season of The Fleisher Art Memorial’s Juried Exhibitions in the Dene M. Louchheim Galleries

The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial will present the first exhibition in the twenty-fifth season of the four-part Challenge Series -- the Delaware Valley’s premier juried artist exhibition program. This season’s twelve Challenge artists were selected from a field of 324 applicants to exhibit in one of four three-person exhibitions. The first of this year’s Challenge Exhibitions features the work of artists Nancy Sarangoulis, Mark Shetabi, and Linda Yun. The three artists share a common concern for the psychology of space, whether in the form of a book or room. The exhibition begins on Tuesday, September 10th, with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and continues through October 5th.

Both the exhibition and the opening reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; and -- when classes are in session -- 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday.

Nancy Sarangoulis frequents flea markets, collecting items that appeal to her senses. She then assembles these items combined with drawing into artworks without pre-conceived intentions. Many layers of interpretation are evident in her resulting mixed media works on paper. The objects have the spontaneous appearance of amateur or ‘outsider art’, often suggesting childhood innocence or psychological scenarios. Ms. Sarangoulis received her B.F.A. from Kutztown State College and attended the Ecoles d’Art Americaines (Fontainebleau, France).

Installation artist Mark Shetabi refers to his past and childhood through his work. Of prime importance to Mr. Shetabi is the dialogue between outside and inside as seen in this exhibition, collectively entitled, “ A thousand Miles”. Much of his work addresses questions that arise from the theme of cultural separation. Mr. Shetabi received his B.A. from Western Washington University and his M.F.A. from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

The goal of installation artist Linda Yun is to draw attention to the simple yet compelling moments in our everyday lives. Yun uses powdered pigment placed inside the cracks of the gallery floor, and applies joint compound mixed with latex paint to expansive walls that appear to become landscapes, thus creating a space that is both lonely and quiet. She is interested in the dialogue between the viewer and her created minimal spaces. Ms. Yun received her B.S. degree from New York University and her M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

On Wednesday, September 25th, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., artist/teacher Mary Murphy will lead the Challenge "TalkAbout" gallery discussion. Bring your own ‘brown bag’ dinner and join us to discuss the work on exhibition. Admission is free.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

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