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December 12th, 2005
Challenge #3 in the Dene M. Louchheim Galleries of the Fleisher Art Memorial, January 13–February 11

The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial presents the third exhibition in the twenty-eighth season of the four-part Wind Challenge Series at Fleisher -- the Delaware Valley’s premier juried artist exhibition program. This season’s twelve Challenge artists were selected from a field of 278 applicants to exhibit in one of four three-person exhibitions. The third of this year’s Challenge Exhibitions features the work of artists Susan Bank, Phyllis Gellmin Laver, and Roxana Pérez-Méndez. Each of the three artists expresses diverse and personal views in an effort to portray the human experience. The exhibition begins Friday, January 13, with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and continues through February 11. 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 when school is in session of 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday.

Susan Bank uses a 35mm camera and black and white film to produce a body of work called Campo Adentro, documenting Cuban country life that is soon to disappear. In her words she states: “My goal as an artist is to discover visual poetry from the raw essential details of daily life…to transcend the reality of what is there…to dig deeper on a psychological level…and to confront the enigma of the human condition.” Ms. Bank received her B.A. from Barnard College, an M.A. from Villanova University, and studied at the University of the Arts 1991-1996.

Phyllis Gellmin Laver loves the act of drawing and especially drawing the figure. Her content varies from a primary focus on the ‘landscape’ of the head, to the experience of being human as seen on the face and figure, and to almost exclusive focus on the marks as they appear on the page. Ms. Laver received her B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University and her M. A. from the University of the Arts.

Roxana Pérez-Méndez is a multi-media/performance artist who works closely on the fragility of contemporary identity. She creates and inserts fiction about Puerto Rican achievements and monuments into the world’s meta-narrative. Pérez-Méndez plays with the visual ability to position subjects (such as herself as the first Puerto Rican astronaut) in history and in an illusion that portends a possible future. Ms. Pérez-Méndez received her B.F.A. from The Ohio State University and her M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art.

On Saturday, February 11, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., artist/teacher Mary Murphy will lead the Challenge "TalkAbout" gallery discussion. 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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