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May 5th, 2009
Fleisher Art Memorial Features Artists Johanna Inman, Yvonne Lung and Constantina Zavitsanos in 31st Season's Third Wind Challenge Exhibition


The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial presents Challenge 3, the final exhibition in the 31st season of the three-part Wind Challenge Exhibitions at Fleisher — the Delaware Valley's premier juried artist exhibition program. This season's nine Challenge artists were selected from a field of 368 applicants to exhibit in one of three three-person exhibitions. Challenge 3 features photographs by Johanna Inman, a video installation by Yvonne Lung, and a sculpture installation by Constantina Zavitsanos.

Challenge 3 begins on Friday, May 8th, with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and continues through July 3rd. 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 — after June 8th — of 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

On Saturday, May 16th, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., artist/teacher Ben Volta will lead the Challenge "TalkAbout", an in depth dialogue with Challenge artists and the audience. Admission is free.

Johanna Inman's series of photographs focuses on old disregarded books, highlighting the subtleties and details of effects of time and decomposition. Some of the photographs take on the particular facets of this evolution and others pull away, showing the full forms and tattered edges. The resulting photograph preserves the book in its transitory state of decay. Together, the images consider the infinite details that lie within each of the objects: layers of weathered, torn, and folded pages, bindings and covers. Inman states, “They reveal this material as aesthetic, to be seen and not just read.” Ms. Inman received her B.A. from Beaver College and her M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

Yvonne Lung's art practice draws on her search for identity as a Chinese American. Her interest in the relationship between stereotype and identity becomes the conceptual building blocks of her work. Lung's video installation is based on personal stories told to her by Chinese immigrants to the United States. She becomes part of the piece as performer in front of the camera and interpreter from Mandarin to English. She wants to change the relationship between her art and the audience. She states, “With installations and performances, the audience has a chance to interact, to be a part of the piece.” Ms. Lung received her B.F.A from Texas Tech University and her M.F.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Constantina Zavitsanos works in time-based sculpture using projection, simple motors, found objects, wood, glass, wax, water, motion sensors, holograms, mirrors, and video to produce un-tricky visual magic of the mechanical, optical, and tactile varieties. Her objects refer to utility and function or become defunct in real time. Her work is designed to engage the viewer through the senses and body participation. Ms. Zavitsanos received her B.F.A. from Millersville University and her M.F.A. from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Fleisher's exhibition programs are supported in part by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

The mission of the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial is to make art accessible to everyone, regardless of economic means, background or artistic experience. Founded by an industrialist who believed the future of democratic society hinged on the ability of all people to make and enjoy art together, the organization has focused on reducing barriers to participation in the arts since 1898. Fleisher is a vital educational resource that includes instruction in the visual arts, a vibrant exhibitions program, and youth outreach programming at public schools and community centers throughout Philadelphia.

Fleisher's programs are supported in part by the Samuel S. Fleisher Trust, grants from The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Independence Foundation, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Program funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Philadelphia Foundation, and donations from more than 2,000 student members and friends.

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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