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December 5th, 2002
Challenge 3 In The Dene M. Louchheim Galleries of The Fleisher Art Memorial, January 10 Through February 8, 2003

The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial presents the third 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 third of this year’s Challenge Exhibitions features the work of artists Michael Miller, Lori Spencer, and Karen Stone. Each of these artists is trying in their own way to set the stage for the viewer to evoke a personal narrative. The exhibition begins Friday, January 10 with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and continues through February 8, 2003. 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, with additional viewing hours starting February 4 of 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday.

Michael Miller uses the walls and the floor to create complex installations that catch and focus light in web-like patterns. Miller places a large number of mixed media and glass cube forms in the space and projects light rays through one object to another, which fills the gallery with a glowing energy. Within the individual objects the viewer finds images or projections suggesting a narrative journey linked by rays of light. Mr. Miller received his B.F.A. from Kutztown University and his M.F.A. from Maryland Institute, College of Art.

Lori Spencer creates her work by scanning photographic and drawn images into the computer. By printing her images on a large format ink-jet printer, Spencer is able to physically engage the viewer on their scale. Her bold truncated imagery challenges one to bring personal history to the looking process. Ms. Spencer received her B.F.A. from the State University of New York at Purchase and her M.F.A. from The University of the Arts.

Karen Stone brings her passion and obsession for collecting to focus in her installation at Fleisher titled "IMPACT". This installation is a labyrinth of discarded shoe soles and heels blurring the boundaries between the floors and walls, defining direct and indirect pathways for one to journey through space. Like stone mazes worn with age, one can read the wear patterns to form mental stories from these very personal artifacts. Ms. Stone received her B.F.A from The Kansas City Art Institute and her M.F.A. from the University of Colorado.

On Thursday, February 6, 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.

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