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March 24th, 2005
Challenge #4 Closes the 27th Season of Juried Exhibitions in Fleisher's Dene M. Louchheim Galleries, April 22 through May 21, 2005

The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial presents the final exhibition in the twenty-seventh 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 255 applicants to exhibit in one of four three-person exhibitions. The last of this season's Challenge Exhibitions features the work of artists Lindsay Feuer, Daniel Heyman, and Norman Paris.

The Challenge 4 exhibition begins with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22, and continues through May 21. Both the exhibition and the opening reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; with additional hours of 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday.

Lindsay Feuer's work is hand-built unglazed porcelain sculptures that explore the phenomenon of living organisms in the natural world. The pieces are developed through a distortion and manipulation of animal, botanical and cellular imagery. The work is meant to create a sort of "hybrid fantasy" that illustrates organic processes of evolution, growth, replication and locomotion. The pieces are invented and do not exist in nature and all of the work is devoid of color. In doing so, the pieces are separated from reality and allow viewers to simply focus on the forms, drawing their own conclusions as to where these pieces belong in the world. Ms. Feuer received her B.F.A. from Pennsylvania State University and her M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

Daniel Heyman builds layered images on Mylar using Japanese woodblock printing techniques. The Mylar support serves as a translucent vehicle through which the artist can present visually multi-layered information. Heyman’s intent is to slow down the viewing process with a flood of images and information. This body of work focuses on news images from the war in Iraq which Heyman incorporates directly into his work, invoking a shared visual knowledge with his audience. Mr. Heyman received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Norman Paris's sculpture and drawings are generated out of a search for heroes. He finds meaning and gallantry in pop culture figures as he examines the need for icons as both an individual and universal phenomenon. Paris obsessively renders heroic figures like Michael Jordan, Vince Lombardi or Jimmy Page as representational sculpture and drawings analyzing the difference between the ideal and the real in their personas. Mr. Paris received his B. F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design, and his M.F.A. from Yale University.

Artist/teacher Mary Murphy will lead the Challenge "TalkAbout" gallery discussion on Saturday, May 7, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

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